Leith Athletic show no sign of loosening their grip on top spot in the Central Taxis Premier Division after a 5-0 thrashing of Coldstream at Home Park.
Derek Riddel was missing several first-team regulars for the trip to the Borders, top goalscorer Keith Murray unavailable for selection along with Stephen Baigan and Chris Beaton.
However, Athletic appear to have found a real goalscoring threat in John Ferguson following his signing from Haddington Athletic. He was on target for the second game running with further strikes coming from Jamie Lauder, Grant Burns, Lachlan Thom and James Hainey.
That result takes Leith five points clear at the top, but Easthouses Lily remain in hot pursuit after a 3-2 win over Spartans EOS lifted them into second place.
Matty Cunningham put Spartans ahead at Newbattle Complex, with Mark Brown equalising for Lily just before the break. Spartans hit the crossbar twice before Andy Howat resorted their lead on 70 minutes.
But Lily were not to be denied and goals from Craig Brown and Graeme Young in the last ten minutes kept their title dreams alive.
“We didn’t play as well as we did against Lothian last week, but the fight in the team is terrific and, if we’re still in the title fight at the end of the month, it would be a fantastic achievement,” said Lily manager Dave McQueenie.
Easthouses are set to play Heriot-Watt University at Newbattle Complex tonight in the second round of The King Cup (kick-off 7.30pm).
Grant Carnie picked up his first three points as Craigroyston manager as they defeated Civil Service Strollers at Marine Drive.
Chris Inglis, Greig Tulloch and Craig Dickson got the goals for the visitors after James Guy had equalised for Civil from the penalty spot.
Carnie credited his side’s tireless effort afterwards.
“It was really all down to hard work. We defended really well throughout the game, our work rate was very good and that’s what we’ll need for the rest of the season,” said Carnie who is aiming to steer his new club away from the drop-zone.
Tynecastle have announced that manager Stephen McKenzie and first-team coaches Jamie Speed and Keith Summers have resigned from the club. McKenzie served as a player, coach and manager in a 12-year spell at Fernieside but, prior to the weekend, Tynecastle had failed to win in four matches in all competitions.
An announcement on his successor is expected this week.
On the field, Tynie claimed a badly-needed victory over Stirling with a 5-0 win at Fernieside. Gary Bennett, Chris Milligan, Tony Muir and a double from Robbie McIntyre ensured the three points.