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Newtongrange Star 2
Fauldhouse United 0
After an evenly matched first half-hour Newtongrange took the lead when Mathu King stole in behind the Fauldhouse defence to volley home a pin-point cross from Kris Renton. With the visitors having their fair share of possession the home defence stood firm and were rarely troubled. Just after the hour mark Fauldhouse keeper Andy Murphy could only watch as the ball slowly trickled over the line for Nitten’s second goal after he failed to hold onto a shot from Steven Noble.
Newtongrange Star: Kieron Renton, McManus (Murray 45), Noble, Tolmie, Tulloch, Currie, Thomson, Cherrie (Wilson 64), Kris Renton, King (Coult 83), Cropley. Subs: Dunn, McQueen.
Fauldhouse United: Murphy, Deans, Lawson, Ross, Fallon (Cowan), Campbell, Robertson, Browne, Love, Donnelly, Watson. Subs: Peace, Wilkins, Stewart, Bonnes.
Penicuik Athletic 1
Hill of Beath Hawthorn 2
The visitors were awarded a penalty in the sixth minute, but goalkeeper Bejaoui saved Moffat’s spot-kick and Hay somehow blasted the rebound over the bar from inside the six-yard box. However, the Haws were not to be denied and Hay scored one minute later. Haws’ McCulloch was red carded in the 42nd minute after scything down Lister in the box and McCallum equalised from the penalty spot. Penicuik failed to take advantage of the extra man in the second half and in the 74th minute McKenzie got the winner for the visitors.
Penicuik: Bejaoui, Devine, Fraser, Young, Liddell, Lister, Gay, Jancyzk, McCallum, Barr, Thomson Subs: White, Somerville, Patterson, Lough, McDermott.
Hill of Beath: Hall, McCulloch, Conners, Wilson, Dair, Moffat, Adamson, Leishman, Hay, McKenzie, Smith Subs: Millar, Smith, Renton.
Lochgelly Albert 0
Another good win for Tranent in their race to take the South Division title. They now lead the race for the flag by 12 points from their nearest rivals Blackburn. Tranent opened the scoring on the half-hour mark when Darren Flynn knocked in a cross from the lively Steve Manson. They had to wait until the 78th minute to add to that when Jamie Beaton scored from the spot after a handball in the box. Tranent manager Gary Small said: “We set out our stall before the season started and we’re way ahead of where we thought we would be.”
Tranent: Inglis, J Paterson, Witiovicz, Gordon, McKenzie, Manson, K Paterson, Smith, McMillan, Flynn, Hawkins. Subs: Smeaton, Miller, Beaton, Hunter, Wood.
Lochgelly: Wilson, Grierson, Perrie, Brown, Pearson, Murray, Penman, Bateson, Robertson, Bathgate, Schiavone. Subs: Sutherland, Page, Ferguson.