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Four red cards at Whitehills as Godwin Aluka fires down New Elgin while Burghead Thistle go second in North Junior Region Championship

By Craig Christie

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Whitehills are firmly on the north junior winning trail after a tough run of results thanks to star striker Godwin Aluka.

Whitehills have won back-to-back games. Photo: Whitehills FC Facebook
Whitehills have won back-to-back games. Photo: Whitehills FC Facebook

The Banffshire coast side, just back in the North Region scene after a season in abeyance, endured a tough return with 14 straight defeats to start their campaign.

A stunning comeback from 2-0 down saw 'Hills defeat Cruden Bay last weekend, and the momentum continued with a thrilling 4-2 success over New Elgin on Saturday

Aluka was the star of the show, netting all four goals for the home team to pull them back from 2-1 down to victory.

He scored the only goal of the first half to give Whitehills the lead, but New Elgin hit back with half time Aidan Mackay levelling just minutes after entering he fray.

Jason Rumbles then put the visitors 2-1 ahead, before two more Aluka goals turned the game in favour of the home side.

The game became bad-tempered from there, as Whitehills had Tito Silva sent off then New Elgin's Michael Payne and Kieran Johnson followed him into the dressing rooms.

Aluka scored his fourth to make it 4-2 and the visitors were reduced to eight men when keeper Rian Wilson became their third dismissal.

New Elgin later announced that manager Dave Wilson had stepped down from his position.

Burghead Thistle moved up to second in the Championship with a 4-0 win at home to bottom club Cruden Bay.

Championship table
Championship table

Jamie Davidson opened the scoring after two minutes with what proved to be the only goal of the first half.

Liam McKidd then nodded in his first of the season from a corner just after the break.

Top scorer Kelvin Mackenzie went clean through to net his seventh of the season and Jack Lingard nodded in from another corner to seal the victory.

Forres Thistle won the Moray derby against Lossiemouth United to make it four wins and a draw in their last five league games, moving up to third in the table.

In an end-to-end first half, Sam Janousek fired Forres ahead just five minutes before the break.

A brilliant 30-yard free kick from Cammy Grant, his fifth goal in three games, found the top corner to make it 2-0.

Former Forres player Harvey Henderson was sent off for United for a second booking.

Forres then stepped up their game and Ricky Wardrop converted Matty McMillan's low pass to increase the lead. Then top scorer Neil Moir was fouled on the edge of the box and stepped up to score the free kick, sealing a 4-0 home win.

Islavale's derby clash with Dufftown was postponed due to a waterlogged Simpson Park.

Deveronside were beaten 3-2 at home to Glentanar, Owen Christie netting both 'Side goals.

In the Premier Division, Rothie Rovers were surprisingly beaten 2-0 at home to Newmachar United.

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