East of Scotland: Spartans upbeat despite defeat

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Spartans EOS missed the chance to cut Leith’s lead at the top of the East of Scotland League to three points as they were beaten 4-3 at Coldstream.

Two goals from McLean Simpson and another effort from Mark Gair were not enough to prevent Colin Tomassi’s men slipping to defeat in the Borders.

“The boys are feeling a bit frustrated but we’ll pick ourselves up because we’ve been doing everything right so far,” said Tomassi.

Heriot-Watt-University and Ormiston shared the honours at Recreation Park with Chris Donnelly’s first-half penalty for the students cancelled out by Chris Cairney’s second-half goal.

Ormiston manager Brian Johnston confirmed striker Chris Robertson is set to complete a deal to join Calum Elliot’s Edinburgh United this week.

“You can’t hold any player back who wants to progress and he’s scored 12 goals already this campaign so he’ll go with our best wishes,” said Johnston.

Tynecastle made it five league wins on the bounce with a 4-2 win at Stirling University.

Haydn Crane, Scott Coleman, Dean Crabbe and Stewart O’Neill were all on target for Tynecastle as Steve Vinter’s side recovered from a 2-1 deficit.

“The second-half display was really encouraging and, although we gave away two sloppy goals in the first half, we still felt our overall play merited more,” said Vinter.

“It’s all credit to the boys 
because we are missing the likes of Robbie McIntyre, Stuart Adams and Chris Joyce, who are all key players for us.”