Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale moved to the top of the Central Taxis Premier League with a narrow victory over Civil Service Strollers at Saughton Enclosure.
Sean Wringe netted on the hour to hand Lothian a vital three points which puts them top of the league, with Leith and Easthouses three points behind in second and third albeit they both have a game in hand.
Wringe finished from inside the area and although Strollers threatened to equalise late on, Lothian held on for an important win.
“The guys are just delighted to be in the mix at this stage of the season and nobody is thinking about league titles,” said assistant Lothian coach Fraser Ogilvie. “We’ve got important games coming up against sides at both ends of the table and it’s important we stay focused and take each game as it comes.” Lothian’s Connor McGregor is reportedly attracting the attention of Dumbarton manager Ian Murray.
Easthouses Lily a enjoyed 2-0 victory over Tynecastle at Fernieside. Paul McDermott netted a penalty for Lily on the stroke of half-time, before scoring in the 85th minute to secure the points.
“There’s three games left to go and we have a hard game against Civil next, but it’s the same for Leith and Lothian,” said Lily boss Dave McQueenie afterwards. “This was a nervous display from us at times but it’s all about getting the three points to keep in contention.”
In the First Division, Heriot-Watt kept up the pressure on Ormiston for the second promotion slot with a 1-0 win over Kelso United at Riccarton, Cammy Stevenson netting the only goal of the game.
Tomorrow night, Watt are at promotion rivals Duns whilst Ormiston will be hoping for a repeat of last week’s 2-1 win over Peebles Rovers when they meet the league leaders at Whitestone Park with Rovers needing two wins from their next four games to clinch the title. Both kick-off at 7.00pm.
Lothian’s Image Printers Cup match with Whitehill Welfare has now been switched to Saturday, May 9, 3.00pm kick-off at Rosewell.