Leaders Leith Athletic stunned by Craigroyston

Ross McNeil
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Craigroyston caused a shock at St Mark’s Park with a 2-1 victory over league leaders Leith Athletic in The Central Taxis Premier League.

In one of only three East of Scotland matches to survive the frost at the weekend, the home side took an early lead thanks to Greig Tulloch’s strike after just 12 minutes.

Michael Somerville netted a second with 14 minutes of the match left to spare and although Euan Campbell netted a late penalty for Leith, Craigroyston held on for their first home win of the season and a much-needed three points.

Elsewhere, Civil Service Strollers manager Ross McNeil bemoaned the loss of two dropped points, despite coming from two goals down to claim a point at Coldstream.

The Border side were two goals to the good within the first 20 minutes at Home Park, Reagan Graham and John Crawford scoring for Stephen Gibbard’s men.

Scott Gormley scored his first goal for Civil Service since his transfer from Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale just before the interval and James Guy scored the equaliser on 65 minutes.

Civil’s goalkeeper Michael Lee saved a late penalty for the visitors 
from John Crawford late on to ensure a share of the spoils for the second week running for Strollers.

“It’s another two points dropped for us. We found ourselves two goals down very early. We had a great chance with Jack Downie just before they broke up the park to score their second,” said McNeil.

“With the chances we had in the game we could have got something out of it, so from that point of view it’s not good enough. Anyone can beat 
anyone in this league.”

In the First Division, Ormiston’s match against Eyemouth United at Recreation Park, and Heriot-Watt’s encounter with Hawick Royal Albert at Riccarton were both called off due to frozen pitches.

The only match that survived was at Burntisland where Duns departed with a 2-0 victory.