Whitehill draw a blank with Dalbeattie

Whitehill manager Grant Carnie
Whitehill manager Grant Carnie
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Defences came out on top as Whitehill and Dalbeattie battled out a no-scoring draw.

Having lost this fixture in each of the last two seasons, Whitehill were determined to avoid making it three in a row and they fashioned the first chance on 15 minutes. Callum Connolly burst into the visitors’ penalty area and cut the ball back to Sean Wringe, but the striker missed the target.

This seemed to spark Dalbeattie into life and Connar Easton was forced into a good stop from a long-range free-kick. Moments later he again had to react quickly, tipping over a Lewis Dunn header at the back post. The game was end-to-end and Wringe controlled a ball in the box and turned to shoot from 12 yards but his effort flew over the bar.

There was drama straight after the restart as referee Steven Strang pointed to the spot after an innocuous looking challenge from goalkeeper Easton on the edge of his box.

James McHarrie stepped up but saw his weak penalty kick saved. With Whitehill enjoying more of the possession it was a second half of little note with Tony Muir going closest on 75 minutes, heading just over Darren Martin’s goal and both sides had to settle for a point.

Whitehill Welfare: Connar Easton, Andrew Martin, Kevin Keane, Ross Nisbet, Nikki Williams, Craig Anderson, Tony Muir, Callum Connolly, Sean Wringe, Sean Martin, Darren McGlashan. Subs: Steven Manson, Jack Jardine, Jonny Scott-Mercer, Nicky Robertson, Andrew Swinney, Dean Knight

Dalbeattie Star: Darren Martin, David Proudlock, Curtiss Wilson, Lewis Todd, Lee Wells, Craig Neill, Jonathan Baxter, Lewis Dunn, Tommy Muir, Lewis Sloan, James McHarrie. Subs: Paul Cook, Craig Ferguson, Darren Kerr.