Whitehill survive bus break-downs to force Wick replay

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Whitehill Welfare managed to survive two broken-down buses and what looked like a 92-minute Wick winner as they escaped from the Highlands with a Scottish Cup first-round replay,

The team left Rosewell on Friday at 5.30pm for their long trip north, but their bus broke down at Pitlochry, meaning they had to wait for a replacement.

Further bad luck struck when their second bus came to a standstill on the A9 and by the time they made it to their hotel in Inverness to break up the journey, it was 2.30am.

A 10am Saturday set-off to Wick from the Highland capital managed to go without drama and they started the game well, with Callum Connolly opening the scoring on 28 minutes.

Gary Weir equalised for Wick before the break and they looked to have grabbed the winner two minutes into injury time when Steven Harrison netted.

However, once the racuous celebrations had died down, Whitehill desperately sought an equaliser and with 95 minutes on the clock, Andy Martin bundled home to make it 2-2 and force a replay.

Wick: S McCarthy, M Steven, G Steven, Farquhar, Mackay, Allan, Campbell, Pickles, Harrison, McAdie, Weir. Subs: Manson, Mcrae, Macgregor, Hughes D McCarthy.

Whitehill: Young, Martin, O’Hara, Nisbet, Murray, McGlashan, Manson, Connolly, Wringe, Anderson, Keane. Subs: McGinley, Martin, Devlin, Jardine, Scott-Mercer, Muir, Fraser.