East Kilbride v Whitehill Welfare

7.45pm  20 March 2015

Scottish Lowland League
East Kilbride 1 Whitehill Welfare 0 (att 491)

The opening game of the inaugural Lowland League hop gave me an ideal opportunity to tick off East Kilbride's floodlit 3G home pitch for a Friday night game.

The club were surprise entrants, to me at least, when the Lowland League was formed, but they've justified their inclusion on the pitch, this win keeps them on course for possibly finishing the season as runners-up.

More importantly, the result ended the slim hopes Whitehill had of using their fixture backlog to overhaul leaders Edinburgh City. It confirmed that the league title goes to the capital club, who can now plan for play-offs for a place in the Scottish League.

East Kilbride's home is the K-Park Training Academy, part of Calderglen Country Park. The club was well-organised for the hop, and the ground is well equipped, with a seated stand running most of the length on the one side that's open to spectators.

But with a much larger than usual crowd for the hop game the limitations of a one-sided ground are apparent, with some people having to watch the game over the heads of others. Then again, even if the club made the Scottish League I doubt they'd get many crowds close to 500.

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