East of Scotland: Strollers step it up to seal home win

Civil Service Strollers manager Alex Cunningham hailed his side's second-half performance in a 4-1 victory over Spartans EOS at Marine Drive.

Tuesday, 12th April 2016, 8:00 am

The win moved Strollers up to sixth in the East of Scotland League and to within five points of second-placed Spartans, who have played seven games more.

Strollers play one of those games tomorrow night when Peebles Rovers are the visitors to Marine Drive.

“We played really well in the second half after a poor first,” Cunningham said. “They had a player sent off with twenty minutes to go and we managed to capitalise on it.”

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Sean Stewart had given the visitors an early lead but Kyle Boggie levelled things up two minutes prior to the interval.

David Stewart put the hosts ahead before Alan Brown was sent off for Colin Tomassi’s side. Chris Milligan made it three and Boggie wrapped things up with his second and Strollers’ fourth.

Elsewhere, champions Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale closed the gap on leaders Leith Athletic to 22 points with a 3-2 victory at Craigroyston. Thistle are playing catch-up on Leith with six games in hand. Goals from Richie Wilkes, Scott Gormley and Sean Wringe ensured the Saughton-based club remained in the title chase. Chris Rooney and Jason Young were on target for Craigie.

Ormiston beat Tynecastle 3-2 in the King Cup second round at Recreation Park – George Cunningham, Alan Morgan and Alexander Dimitrov with the victors’ goals. Brian Johnstone’s side will face either Leith or Duns away in the next round.