East of Scotland: Spartans won’t get carried away

Andy Howat scored a double for Spartans
Andy Howat scored a double for Spartans
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Spartans EOS boss Colin Tomassi is keeping his feet firmly on the ground despite watching his side score seven goals for the second week running.

The Ainslie Park outfit sealed another impressive win with a 7-1 demolition of Kelso United at Woodside Park – fresh from a 7-2 defeat of Duns last weekend – to comfortably finish Group C winners in the East of Scotland Qualifying League.

Andy Howat netted a brace for Spartans with Blair Atkinson, Alex Imlah, Sean Stewart and new signing Ger Rossi giving the Capital outfit an unassailable half-time lead. Player-coach Chris Anderson scored the seventh near the end.

“Nobody is getting carried away,” warned Tomassi.

“Even in the first half, we could have taken more out of the chances we created and the players know they’ll have to step it up a gear for the league games coming up.”

Tomassi will face his former club Civil Service Strollers at Ainslie Park on the opening weekend of the East of Scotland League season on Saturday week.

In Group D, Leith Athletic took another step forward in their bid to retain the trophy with a 2-1 victory over Ormiston at Meadowbank 3G.

A Robbie Mason penalty and another strike from youngster James Hainey ensured Leith finished as Group D winners with a 100 per cent record. Michael Osbourne scoried his first goal for Ormiston.

Ian Little’s first match in charge of Heriot-Watt University ended in a 5-4 defeat against Coldstream at Riccarton.

Liam Walker netted his first goal, while Chris Donnelly grabbed a double to take him to 50 East of Scotland goals.

However, despite Cammy Stephenson also scoring for Watt, defensive frailties ensured they finished up empty-handed.