Weekend roundup

WHITEHILL manager Micky Lawson issued a warning to other clubs that Welfare are on the way back, writes Bob Geddes

They stormed back to form with four goals in the first half as they picked up three vital Scottish Sun Lowland League points.

And manager Mike Lawson warned that his side is not as bad as some people might think

Lawson said the 4-1 over Threave Rovers 4-1 is a major confidence boost after a lean spell.

Rovers fought back in the second half after gifting Welfare two first half penalties but had set themselves too big a challenge.

Lawson said: “We played really well in the first half and then Threave changed things round and Sean Milligan came on for them and he got their goal. We didn’t play as well in the second half but I was just happy to get the three points.

“We’ve got to try and start climbing that league now and that’s our aim. We got beaten by the two bottom teams in the league who had conceded more than 80 goals. We had lots of chances but couldn’t put the ball away.”

He added: “We just weren’t getting the break and we’d lost our confidence. We played really well at Spartans last week although we got beaten. We’re not as bad as some people might be thinking we are. We’re looking forward to the rest of the season. This was a great three points and a fillup for us.”

Aaron Somerville hit two penalties in 15 and 34 minutes with Wayne McIntosh getting one in between after 19 minutes and then hit the fourth in 46. Milligan’s strike came after 73 minutes.

Dalbeattie Star continued their good run with a 4-1 win over Gala Fairydean Rovers who scored first through Stuart Noble in 15 minutes despite offside claims from the home side.

Star levelled things with a 50th minute Lewis Sloan goal with Craig Fergusson putting them ahead in 73 minutes with two in the last 10 minutes from Scott Milligan and Sloan before Sam Warren hit the crossbar with an 86th minute penalty.

Star manager Paul McGinley said: “It was unfortunate that the decision went against us with their goal. We had plenty of chance but we weren’t really playing with the handbrake off.

“We changed the system in the second half for they were strong and the biggest team we’ve played against this year. But the desire and the drive in the second half was absolutely immense.”

Gretna crushed Edinburgh City 5-1 with new signing Will Heaney helping himself to a late brace in his debut. David Renyard scored twice in five and 47 minutes and Brendan Longcake scored after 63 minutes. Mark McCall hit one for City five minutes after the turn.

In the other match East Kilbride beat Preston Athletic 2-1. Andrew Johnston gave Kilbythe lead after 36 minutes with Michael Osborne equalising 10 minutes after the restart. Kieran Daw hit the winner eight minutes from time.

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