Part 82 – S2 C1 P28 Match Day 18 – Whitehill Welfare (H) 28th Dec 2019 15:00

A few bits before our game today v 14th placed Whitehill Welfare.

The above is from Christie Gillies Park – Floodlights have now been installed IRL! A big move forward for the club.

In game our Ressies won 4-0 v Crossgates Primrose Res, Clappers, Hainey, Kirkwood & Cairney with the goals.

I’ve also been linked in the press with the Berwick job in League 2 which I truthfully denied any knowledge of – If I get asked for an interview we will weigh up the pros and cons as per usual.

So to Whitehill Welfare – 2nd bottom and let in 8 in their last 2 games, so lets expect a hard game because FM…..

Trying to get our best left-side combination – letting Mair go back to a more-natural left wing-back, Andrew Mackay as left wing. Balfour starts as a CM on Attack on underlaps with Mark Burbidge, really trying to get the best out of Balfour, who is wanted by a couple of League 2 teams. Whitehill start with a 4-4-2 as well, 2nd 4-4-2-fest in 2 games. Should be an interesting game!

First Half Comprehensive Highlights

HT Civil Service 0 Whitehill Welfare 0

Its not raining 🙂 Whitehill are in a fetching Baby Blue strip. A fairly slow start to the game, with Whitehill sitting deep, Civil Service plugging away and Lumsden winning headers. It should have been 1-0 in the 20th minute, a corner scrambled off the Welfare line. Constant blocking by the Welfare back lines kept Civil Service at bay, until a foul in the 44th minute on Lumsden led to a penalty. Lumsden himself stepped up, and our second penalty in a row was saved magnificently. How the hell is this still 0-0!!! Ross in the Welfare goal on a 7.2 with 3 saves. We’re just going to keep plugging away.

Second Half Comprehensive Highlights

FT Civil Service 1 (Lumsden 72) Whitehill Welfare 1 (McLean 82) Att 210 (100 Away)

A slow start again, double subbage at 60 with Hainey for Glasgow and Newall for Mair. Then relief – 72nd minute, Hainey cross to the far post finds Lumsden, who scores off the crossbar. 1-0 Civil Service. But in the 82nd minute a bolt from nowhere, a free-kick from Whitehall finds McLean, who heads in to make it 1-1. Completely shocked. Spink was then sent off for Welfare for 2 identical fouls within a minute but we couldn’t break through, and Whitehill could very well have won it in stoppage time. Absolutely gutted.

Still 3rd, and with Queen’s Park & BSC drawing its all to play for as we go into January. Dalbeattie are a strange case here, and I expect them to fall away over the next few games.

So, 10 games left – next up we are away at BSC Glasgow in a massive game – I think we are good for top half currently regardless but we really need to stay in the mix until that Queen’s Park game. We are also in a funny period now going into January 2020 – 5 games on 5 Saturdays up-to-and-including 1st February, then just 5 games from then to the last game on 25th April (Gaps between games are 2 weeks, 2 weeks, 2 weeks, 2 weeks, 4 weeks!!!!!!!!!!! so lots of friendlies to come). We will also be in the transfer window so i will be looking to see if we can improve our squad. See you next Saturday, happy new in-game year 🙂 🙂 🙂

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