Lowland League: Whitehill survive Vale fightback

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Whitehill returned from an eight-week lay-off to pick up all three points with a 3-2 win over Vale of Leithen.

Striker Sean Wringe wasted little time muscling through the Vale defence and after his shot had struck Andrew McQueen, the ball looped into the net.

On 38 minutes, the lead was doubled after Connor McGregor played in Callum Connolly, who calmly scored with a left-foot shot. Two became three just before the interval when Jonny Scott-Mercer netted from 12 yards.

Vale launched an immediate second-half response when Jay Stevens was played in down the right channel before finding the far corner to reduce the arrears. Just after the hour mark it was very much game on when Calum Jackson reacted quickest in the box to make it 3-2. It was a nervy finish for the Welfare, although both Connolly and Tony Muir were thwarted by McQueen when faced with one-on-one situations.

Whitehill Welfare: Young, Keane, Scott-Mercer, Williams, Martin, McGlashan, McGregor, Connolly, Knight, Wringe, Muir. Subs: Manson, O’Hara, Anderson, Fraser, Jardine.

Vale of Leithen: McQueen, Rixon, Hunter, Lynch, J Elliot, D McLeod, White, Stevens, McIntosh, Flanagan, K.McLeod, Jackson. Subs: White, Beveridge, Robertson, D Mitchell, K Mitchell.