Finally Halliburton’s season got underway again after a weather enforced break of three weeks. Their North of Scotland Cup tie saw Halli play ‘away’ at home. Opponents Westdyke ground share with Halliburton and they were fixtured as the home side.
Frosty conditions overnight had thawed sufficiently to allow the game to go ahead and the pitch was in good condition.
End to end as the game started at a furious pace. C.McDonald did well to win on the halfway line then found Laing, he rolled in K.Jaques who returned it to C.McDonald, the midfielder just unable to reach it.
In 10 a fantastic Halli attack off a super N.Duncan tackle released R.Fulton. He delivered a great ball forward to K.Jaques and he was very unlucky to see his curled effort squeeze inches past the far post.
Visitors Halliburton took the lead in 20 with a stunning strike. Sct Marlow launched a long ball forward which was collected by Webster, he cut inside, looked up and burned a great strike into the top corner. Keeper Toothill should have done better but could have been caught out by the pace of the shot 0-1.
C.McDonald showed great determination in 39 mins when he refused to give up on a midfield ball and raced wide to win a throw for his side. With half time approaching S.Jaques threw a ball in for R.Fulton, he head flicked in to K.Jaques who rasped a drive just over the bar.
Halliburton were first to threaten second half when Laing passed to Webster, his early shot flying over the bar. That was it then as far as attacking opportunities went for Halliburton in the second half, as a catastrophic collapse was about to unfold.
In 51 the score was levelled. Webster was fooled into a tackle which resulted in a free kick. That was swung in and met unchallenged by Gilles, who shouldered it into the net 1-1. The home side were buoyed by this and set about dismantling Halliburton.
The lead was taken by Westdyke in 64 again a ball in, this time from a corner, No challenge from Halliburton and when it was headed down, Bathgate popped up to back-heel home 2-1.
In 70 it was game over. Halli far too square then wasted for pace. Sct Marlow forced the striker wide but a cute pick out found Stevenson who rolled it home with ease 3-1.
Only 5 mins later with again the defence in a straight line Westdyke broke at pace, shoved it inside and this time, McKenzie had the easy job of stroking it home 4-1.
In 85 Westdyke went nap. This time another cross ball in from a corner. Same scenario, no Halli challenge as Taylor connected for 5-1.