Jags bat­tle through but two fal­ter

West Lothian Courier - - Sports View -

Bath­gate This­tle joined Brox­burn in the sec­ond round of the Ju­nior Cup with a nar­row 2-1 vic­tory away to Lewis United.

How­ever, Liv­ingston United and Pumpher­ston were both dumped out in the first round.

Livi were al­ways up against it as they faced Su­per­leauge ti­tle chal­lengers Penicuik Ath­letic away from home and suf­fered a 7-0 de­feat.

Craig Martin’s Pumphy side can feel dis­ap­pointed by their 3-1 home loss against Cam­bus­lang Rangers.

Their hopes of pro­gress­ing to the next round weren’t helped by Ally McRitchie’s dis­missal.

In league ac­tion, Whit­burn’s tough start to the Pre­mier League cam­paign con­tin­ued as they fell to a 2-1 home loss against Tra­nent.

The vis­i­tors took the lead in the early stages be­fore Gary Brass saw his penalty saved by for­mer Burnie team-mate Dougie Horne.

Tra­nent passed up sev­eral bril­liant chances to in­crease their lead, most no­tably Kayne Pater­son hit­ting the wood­work when well placed, be­fore they fi­nally net­ted a sec­ond through Cameron Daw­son.

Brass headed home for the hosts on the hour mark but they were un­able to get back into the game as they fell to their fifth straight league loss.

West Calder United are now West Loth­ian’s sole re­main­ing un­beaten team after they eased to a 6-0 away vic­tory at Craigroys­ton.

The South Di­vi­sion side have let slip just two points in seven games this cam­paign and picked up the three points on the back of four goals from David Love.

Ar­madale This­tle jumped into third place in the ta­ble with a com­fort­able 3-1 vic­tory over lo­cal ri­vals Harthill Royal as the Jags made it con­sec­u­tive wins for the first time this sea­son.

TheY jumped above Pumpher­ston, who were in cup ac­tion.

Stoney­burn fell to their fourth league de­feat in a row as they suf­fered a 5-1 loss to Cross­gates Prim­rose at Beechwood Park.

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