Easthouses Lily concluded their Central Taxis First Division business for 2013 with a 4-2 win over Berwick Rangers Reserves that both pulls the Midlothian side closer to leaders Hibs and prolongs their season-long unbeaten record so far.
While showing indifferent form in cup competitions this term, Lily boast a proud record in the second tier. Their form of seven wins and three draws from ten games is largely down to their goalscoring – Easthouses have plundered 34 league goals already – and has seen Lily stay in touch with the Hibees at the summit.
Ally Elliot and Scott Borthwick both scored twice in the opening 50 minutes of Lily’s home match on Saturday against Berwick Rangers Reserves, exacting revenge for the Newbattle Complex-based side over a Berwick team that had beaten them on cup duty seven days previously. Despite Ewan Saunderson and Chris Roxburgh pulling goals back for the Wee Rangers, Lily held on for a comfortable victory that left boss Dave McQueenie delighted. “It was a great result in mega-blustery conditions,” he said. “The three points opens up a little gap and to remain the only unbeaten side in the East of Scotland is a great way to finish 2013.”
Lily have claimed two Premier Division scalps this term, winning 3-0 at Edinburgh University in the South Challenge Cup and knocking Tynecastle out of the Alex Jack Cup.
The beginning of November heralded Lily’s finest results of the season to date: a 7-2 win at Burntisland Shipyard, where Steven Campbell and Mark Brown both scored braces, and a 4-1 defeat of then-unbeaten First Division leaders Hibs seven days later, with Mark Brown notching a hat-trick.
In the Premier Division, Leith Athletic lifted themselves four points clear of bottom side Civil Service Strollers with a resounding 7-3 win at Meadowbank 3G.
Leith left Strollers languishing with a minus-26 goal difference at the foot of the table as a Euan Campbell double for Leith was complemented by strikes by Grant Burns, Chris Wright, Lewis Tracey, Jamie Lauder and Kenny Hall for the hosts.