Match Report – Preston Athletic v Whitehill Welfare

Preston Athletic 1 – 1 Whitehill Welfare
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A downpour a couple of hours prior to kick off left the Pennypit pitch very heavy in parts, the referee Alan Hogg decided it was not enough to postpone the fixture, so the match went ahead in the wind and rain.
The heavy pitch did not lend itself to pretty football as Whitehill with the strong wind at their backs tried to take advantage of the conditions. Within 5 minutes Preston keeper Craig Pennycuick was forced into an outstanding save as a shot from the edge of the box was heading into the top corner.
The visitors took the lead from the spot on 15 minutes as Stewart Davidson was adjudged to have handled in the area, John Williams dispatched the penalty high into the net.
The remainder of the half saw a midfield battle with chances few and far between.
The second period was much more lively as Preston now with the wind at their backs drove forward, a great move between David Scott and Gary Nicholson saw the latter fire just wide, Whitehill fought back and Greg Kerr forced another good save from Pennycuick.
A run by David Porcher from his own half cut through the Whitehill midfield and Porcher found sub Gavin Stevenson in the area but a bad bobble meant he didn’t get a great connection and saw his shot pushed away for a corner by Whitehill’s Bryan Young. Greg Kerr again forced a great double save from Pennycuick and a clearance off the line by Ross Cowan.
Preston Sub Andy Noble received a second yellow card for a rash challenge on the edge of the area but 10 man Preston levelled the match on 75 minutes as Craig Pennycuick’s long clearance reached the Whitehill penalty area, Connor Bryden latched onto the loose ball and drove the ball low into the corner of the net.
Indeed the Panners nearly won the match when a David Porcher shot was well saved by Young.
The match finished 1 – 1 and both sides served up a decent match despite the difficult underfoot conditions

Preston Athletic: Pennycuick, Cowan, R.Cochrane, Todd, Davidson(Noble), K.Park, Nicholson(Stevenson), Trialist, Scott, Porcher, Perry(Bryden). Subs: Flockhart, Bruce, Innes, J.Cochrane.

Whitehill Welfare: Young, Martin, O’Hara, Williams, Murray, McGlashan, Manson(Devlin), Connolly, Kerr(Muir), Anderson, McGregor. Subs: Knight, Nisbet, Jardine.