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FOOTBALL: Derek gives us a thriller touch.

NEW Whitburn boss Derek Strickland took his side to the top of the John Walker League after they edged a five-goal thriller at Linlithgow Rose.

Strickland replaced Brian McNaughton, who moved to Rose at the end of last season after helping his former club lift the OVD Scottish Cup, and Whitburn secretary Bruce Russell reckons the new manager has brought a more attacking approach to the Central Park club.

Russell said: "He is the exact opposite from Brian, who used to concentrate a bit more on getting things right at the back.

"Brian's record can't be faulted but Derek told me he would rather lose 5-4 than go down 1-0 and that kind of attitude is refreshing.

"These games are normally tight affairs but to score three goals at Linlithgow shows the emphasis is more on attack than defence - which is what the fans want to see."

The hosts took the lead after only 10 minutes through Raymond Sharp but Paul Taylor equalised midway through the first half.

Giant striker Andy Hume put Whitburn in front with a trademark header 10 minutes before the interval.

Five minutes later David McGlynn, who joined Whitburn in a swap deal which took Graeme Landels to Linlithgow, netted to give his side a 3-1 lead at half-time.

Substitute Steve Dickov pulled one back for McNaughton's men in the second half but Whitburn held out for a vital victory. Russell believes his side are capable of staying top of the table.

He added: "We're in a rebuilding process after losing so many players during the summer. But we've won our last three games and we're definitely looking to challenge for the title."

Elsewhere, Harthill recorded a 3-1 league win over struggling Camelon.

In the Concept Group Trophy, Montrose Roselea caused an upset by knocking out Premier League cracks Dundee Violet 2-1 at home.

Alan Riddell got the Angus club's first goal and an own goal secured their place in the second round.

They'll be joined in the next stage by an on-form Carnoustie side who put eight goals past Forfar Albion without reply.

Bug guns Tayport, North End and Downfield also made it through.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Mcarthur, Euan
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 25, 2000
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