Lothian Thistle still have role to play in East of Scotland title race

Scott Moffat equalised for Lothian
Scott Moffat equalised for Lothian
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Reigning East of Scotland League champions Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale kept their title dreams alive with a stunning 3-2 win over Civil Service Strollers at Saughton Enclosure.

With league leaders Leith Athletic idle over the weekend, Raymond Carr’s men scored two goals in the final eight minutes to snatch the points against a Strollers side who harbour title aspirations of their own.

Alan McDonagh’s first-half strike put Thistle in front at the interval but Alex Cunningham’s side turned the match on its head courtesy of goals from Davy Stewart and youngster Ryan Conroy.

However, Scott Moffat finished off a fine move to restore parity on 82 minutes and Dean Cummings won it at the death for the hosts who are now 22 points off the pace but have seven games in hand over their rivals.

Thistle are in league action tomorrow night as they make the journey up the M9 to tackle mid-table Stirling University (Kick-off 7.45pm).

Elsewhere, Craigroyston inflicted a 4-0 defeat on second-placed Spartans at St Mark’s Park on Saturday.

Full-back Chris Inglis notched the home side’s first from a Chris Rooney cross six minutes prior to the interval and Craigie upped the tempo in the second half.

Zack Williams scored the first of his brace with a low drive and then made it three from distance with 20 minutes remaining.

Striker Keith Buckley added gloss to the scoreline with a fourth in stoppage time.

Tynecastle picked up all three points on the road at Coldstream, Steven Vinter’s men edging out the Borders outfit 3-2 at Home Park despite being forced to play 40 minutes of the second half with ten men.

Heriot-Watt University crushed pointless and bottom club Eyemouth United 7-1 at Home Park, the students leapfrogging Peebles Rovers into third on goal difference.

Struggling Ormiston were forced to settle for a point against Hawick Royal Albert after an entertaining 3-3 draw at Recreation Park.

The East Lothian side are in action tonight as they make the short trip to Meadowbank to face leaders Leith Athletic (kick-off 7.45pm) and Tynecastle and Craigroyston meet at Saughton tomorrow in the first round of the League Cup (kick-off 7.30pm).