East of Scotland: Trio preserve 100 per cent records

Chris Anderson scored for Spartans
Chris Anderson scored for Spartans
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Three Capital clubs boast a 100 per cent record at the top of the East of Scotland League.

Spartans EoS moved to the top of the league after a 2-0 win over Tynecastle at Saughton Enclosure on Friday night, Colin Tommasi’s side preserving their six-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Chris Anderson put them ahead after just 12 minutes. Twenty minutes later, they doubled their advantage when Blair Atkinson netted with a speculative effort.

Anderson and Atkinson have now netted 13 goals between them in a highly-impressive start to the season.

“It was great to see Blair and Chris continuing to knock the goals in and I was delighted to see the other guys all contribute well including Ger Rossi, who has been terrific for us since he joined from Peebles,” said Tomassi. “It’s our first clean sheet of the season so I’m delighted.”

Tynecastle manager Steven Vinter was disappointed to lose a second league game on the bounce but believes his team will come good, starting with a league match against Coldstream at Saughton tomorrow night (7.45pm)

Vinter was missing Stewart Adams and Robbie McIntyre against Spartans but hopes to have both available against the Streamers.

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale replaced Spartans at the head of the table on Saturday evening as they warmed up for their William Hill Scottish Cup second preliminary round clash against Girvan this weekend with a 4-1 win at Heriot-Watt-University.

Dean Cummings netted a brace for Lothian at Riccarton with Scott Moffat and Eddie Mearns also on the scoresheet. Chris Donnelly pulled a goal back for the students.

“We were very comfortable at half-time with the 3-0 lead. Second half we took our foot off the gas a bit and made a couple of tactical changes, but it was another good performance and we can look forward to the Girvan game with real confidence,” said Lothian boss Raymond Carr.

Heriot-Watt manager Ian Little confirmed Jamie Hume has a broken finger and is expected to be out for a few weeks.

In the other matches, Leith Athletic maintained their unbeaten run as a Lewis Martin strike gave them a 1-0 win over Stirling University at Meadowbank.

Chris Robertson netted his first hat-trick for Ormiston at Civil Service Strollers, with Dean Woods also on target for Brian Johnston’s side in a 4-3 win, although the visitors lost Ross Ferguson to a red card. Ormiston face Lowland League champions Edinburgh City in the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup this Saturday.

Kyle Bogie, Ian Ballantyne and Jordan Finnie replied for Alex Cunningham’s side but the loss of four goals will be a concern ahead of next Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie with East Region Super League winners Kelty Hearts at Christie Gillies Park.

Craigroyston’s disciplinary problems continue to plague them with Mark Torrance the latest player to see red in a 5-2 defeat at Hawick Royal Albert.

Greig Tulloch was on target at Albert Park but the Edinburgh side suffered a third straight loss and sit second bottom of the table.