Easthouses Lily relinquished their lead at the top of the Central Taxis First Division just seven days after displacing Hibs as second-tier leaders.
A 2-0 loss to Berwick Rangers Reserves – Lily’s first league defeat of the season – coupled with Hibs coming back from two down to win 4-2 at Ormiston, meant that Lily were leapfrogged by the young Hibees and have just three games remaining to restore their hopes of a title triumph.
Lily’s final league match, on April 19, comes against Hibs at East Mains in what could prove a mouth-watering title showdown.
Easthouses boss Dave McQueenie said: “I can’t complain about our first loss in 15 league games. The aim to win the league is still in our hands, though, with two home games and one away. There’s still a lot to play for. Berwick deserved the win in very windy conditions. We didn’t play well and lost two avoidable goals.”
Lewis Allan’s second brace in eight days helped Hibs come back from 2-0 after 34 minutes at near neighbours Ormiston to win at Recreation Park.
Scott Wight and Richie Weir had Ormi 2-0 up, but Allan’s double and goals by Gareth McCaffrey and Jamie Beaton saw the balance swing in favour of the visitors.
Ormi boss Murray Cheyne said: “Given the windy conditions it was a good game and I’d asked the guys to turn in a professional performance and up their commitment and they certainly did that. We just need to play with the same attitude and commitment for our remaining games.”
Hawick Royal Albert and Peebles Rovers both claimed 4-0 victories, against Burntisland Shipyard and Kelso United respectively, to climb up the table and put pressure on Ormiston.