Edinburgh United maintained their push for the South Division title with another impressive win away from home, this time against Crossgates.
The Capital side had three points deducted from their tally midweek for fielding an ineligible player in Joe Murray against Dunbar in January, but they bounced back from that setback to remain on track for promotion for the first time in the club’s history.
United opened their account in the 25th minute when, from a corner, Murray harassed the goalkeeper into missing the ball and it flew into the net for the opening goal.
Crossgates weren’t out of it yet, though, and had a couple of goals disallowed for offside, much to the annoyance of the players.
Edinburgh left it late to secure the game and the points with a second goal from substitute Mattie Hunter in the 85th minute. Crossgates central defender Greig Robertson was booked for dissent at the goal, and, having been cautioned earlier, was duly sent off.
Edinburgh scored a third goal almost on the final whistle from Kenny Fisher to seal an important win for Johnny Harvey’s side.
Edinburgh have been sensational this season under Harvey’s leadership. They are serious challengers for the South Division title and a place in the Premier League. They only have a small support, but, should they win promotion, others might take another look at the Paties Road side.
For too long, Edinburgh have been at the other end of the table, but this season have been a breath of fresh air in the South Division. The progress they have made may make others in that division sit up and say to themselves: “If Edinburgh can do it, then so can we.”
Crossgates: Whatley, Brown, Robertson, Pearson, Beveridge, Kerr. Smart, Allan, McLeish, Hislop, Trialist. Subs: Newbigging, Smith, Wilson.
Edinburgh: S Inglis, Mack, Stewart, Gordon, Smeaton, Hume, Murray, C Inglis, McMillan, Fisher, Draper. Subs: Fairney, Hunter, Heggie, Smith, Hudson.