Following the verdict of the disciplinary panel on Wednesday, which annulled the game on the 23 Dec 2017 and ordered a replay, Whitehill have lodged a protest against the verdict. No date has been set for the protest review.
East Kilbride 6 Vale of Leithen 0
Due to injuries and work commitments Vale arrived at K-Park with only 11 fit outfield players, which meant a make shift defence.
The game commenced with Kilby attacking down both wings with ex Partick Thistle player Adam Strachan on the left and ex Rangers youth Darren Ramsey on the right and Vale struggled to contain them.
Kilby took the lead in the 2 min when a Strachan cross headed in by Malcom.
Kilby added a second in the 8 min when after some good interplay between Malcolm and McNeil resulted in Ramsey slotting home.
Kilby were now in full flow and added another in the 22 min when Ramsey cut in from the right and found the top corner with a well placed shot.
Things got worse for the Vale in the 34 min when after a short corner Strachan fired in a cross that was headed home by Malcolm.
After the break the Vale appeared to be more in the game but the continued pressure Kilby meant that every attack had danger written over it and in the 60 min goal number 5 arrived when a Ramsey cross was knocked home by McNeil.
Goal number 6 arrived in the 64 min when a corner to the back post was nodded home by Russell.
Only some bad misses and some excellent saves from Gilpin prevented the score from going any further.
Kilby were excellent on the day and their Match Sponsor Man of the Match went to Darren Ramsey, who without doubt was outstanding on the day.
The gap between the top teams in the league and those mid table to bottom are there to see, and Vale should not be to despondent and concentrated on their backlog of fixtures. However, things are never easy and this Saturday we face another title contender at home, Spartans.
Last night after a Lowland League Disciplinary Hearing the Vale Protest with regard to the Whitehill Welfare game, where there were discrepancies on the team sheets, was upheld and has resulted in the game being annulled and a replay ordered.
Therefore we have vacancy for a Match Sponsor. No date has been set for the game but it will probably be midweek. Anyone interested please let me know.
At present we are in the process of organising an afternoon with Derek Ferguson (Rangers and Hearts). The date will be the 6 May and will be held in the Union Club with a 1500 KO.
The afternoon will consist of Derek giving a talk about his time with Souness and such, followed by a break for a raffle, auction and photoshoot and autographs with Derek, before he will again appear on stage and do a question and answer set with the audience. The tickets will be £10, and hopefully if it is successful we will run some others later in the year.
This weeks game is away to League Leaders East Kilbride and anything taken will be a bonus. However, our form lately has been good and hopefully we will give them a game of it.
I have the pleasure in announcing that Willsweep Ltd will be the club’s main sponsor for the next two seasons.
Willsweep Ltd are currently the home shirt sponsor for this season and their continued sponsorship will include supplying full sets of Tracksuits and Training gear for the team.
The club wholeheartedly would like to thank Steven Williams of Willsweep Ltd and hope his visits to our matches continues.
I would also like to thank our other sponsors:
B & D Roofing (Away Strip Sponsor)
Thomas Ward Motorsport (Match Ball Sponsor)
Howdens Joinery (Various support)
Innerleithen Union Club (After Match Meals)
BARC Travel (Bus Suppliers)
Also to all our Match Day Sponsors:
Thomas Ward Motorsport
Glendinning Ground Works
One Stop Gardening
Caldwells Luxury Ice Cream
Traquair Road Garage
Andrew Currie Slaters
Jimmy and Christine Philip
Also to all our advertisers, player sponsors and service suppliers:
Jake Young Painter
Stobo Castle Health Spa
Harmony Employment Agency
Yellow Cab Co
Terry and Sandra Patterson
As you can see there is a fair amount of support within the local area and from outside, and hopefully it will continue for the next few seasons as we stride to take the club forward and more importantly ensure that the games at Victoria Park are bringing enjoyment to local football fans.
Thanks again to everyone.