Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale boss Raymond Carr praised a solid display from his side as they comfortably defeated title rivals Easthouses Lily 5-0 at Saughton on Saturday.
Scott Moffat netted a double for the reigning league champions following on from his goal against Tynecastle last weekend with John Williams, Scott-Taylor McKenzie and Sean Wringe also on target.
“We followed on from where we left off on Wednesday against Stirling,” said Carr.
“We were very solid, we worked extremely hard and it was an important win for us against a side who always give you a hard game.”
The result moves Lothian on to level points with Leith at the top of the Central Taxis Premier League, with Athletic having a slight goal difference advantage.
The two sides will meet at Meadowbank on Saturday, May 16 in the final league game of the season.
“There are three games left for both of us and Easthouses still have a game in hand. If one team slips up then another can take advantage so there’s still plenty to play for,” added Carr.
Lily boss Dave McQueenie lamented a poor showing from his side, but still believes the title race is wide open.
“Apart from the first 25 minutes where we had a bright spell, we were never really in the game and credit to Lothian who took their chances well. I thought we missed the likes of Darren Robertson in central midfield and John Hunter,”said McQueenie.
“But we have four games left to go. Civil Service Strollers could potentially have a say in where this league goes as they have to play all three teams at the top and they always give you a hard game.
“We know that if we win our next four games we’ll have done all we can,” added the Lily boss.
Tynecastle are now four games unbeaten in the league after a comfortable 5-1 victory over relegation-threatened Coldstream at Fernieside.
Jamie Devlin netted an impressive hat-trick with Tony Muir and under-21 player Scott Coleman amongst the goals.
“We had a couple of players missing today so it gave the under-21 players a chance to come in and make an impression, and I thought they did really well,” said Tynecastle interim manager Dougie Dalgleish.
Civil Service Strollers registered a 2-1 victory over Stirling University at Marine Drive.
Scott Ritchie and Gavin Pettigrew were both on target for the Strollers.