EoS: Leith Athletic defeat title rivals Spartans

Lewis Martin opened the scoring for Leith
Lewis Martin opened the scoring for Leith
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Leith Athletic once again underlined their East of Scotland League title credentials with a 3-0 win over nearest challengers Spartans EoS at Meadowbank 3G.

Spartans went close after eight minutes when McLean Simpson hit the post.

The home side took the lead after 21 minutes through a Lewis Martin header. James Hainey tried an acrobatic effort for Leith on 27 minutes which was saved, but the advantage was doubled five minutes later through Steven Glynn.

Five minutes before half-time Scott Wilson put Athletic in an unassailable position with a third goal as Derek Riddel’s side moved nine points clear at the top.

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale moved into third place with a 3-1 win over Peebles Rovers at Albyn Park.

Goals from John Ross Kerr, Scott Gormley and a Darren Smith penalty ensured the three points for Lothian with Scott Sutherland replying for John O’Hara’s side.

“We did well to get the win because we were missing a few first-team players, the likes of Scott Taylor-McKenzie,” said Lothian boss Raymond Carr.

“But we handed opportunities to the likes of Jordan Mungal and Ryan Hutchison who have featured for our under-20s and we’ve been impressed. It’s important to utilise the squad.”

Tynecastle recorded an important 6-3 win over Hawick Royal Albert at Netherdale.

Stewart O’Neill notched a hat-trick for Tynie and there was a first goal of the season for Willie Mitchell with Stewart Adams and a Hawick own goal securing the win.

“It was our first league game in six weeks and we were missing guys like Scott Coleman, Dayne Robertson and Dean Crabbe but after a frustrating first half at 3-3 , we rallied in the second and hopefully we can start climbing the table”, said Tynecastle head coach Steve Vinter.

Civil Service Strollers were three goals to the good at half-time against Heriot-Watt-University at Riccarton.

Jordan Finnie, Chris Milligan and a penalty from Davy Stewart appeared to have Strollers on easy street at the break.

But the students mounted a second half come-back, Chris Donnelly netting a 17th goal of the season with Cameron Stevenson grabbing a second, but Strollers held on to climb into fifth place.

Craigroyston’s match with Eyemouth United at St Mark’s Park and Ormiston’s trip to Stirling University were postponed.