Heriot Vale swept aside the challenge of East Linton with a convincing 4-1 victory at Broughton High School to record their third league win of the season in Premier Division 1.
After steamrolling into a 3-0 lead 60 minutes into the clash, East Linton pulled a goal back and looked hungry to take a point from the game.
Substitute Patrick Bonthrone ended the visitors’ resistance late on, however, with a determined solo run and an excellent finish in the dying minutes.
Manager Ali Wilson admitted after the game that he was confident his side would see out the win.
“I thought with a two-goal cushion we would see it out –and we did.
“The defence did really well and the individual effort at the end from Patrick was very well deserved.
“It was pretty comfortable in the end, and I think a fair result over the 90 minutes.”
After the hosts went in 1-0 at the break thanks to Alan Sheriff’s tap-in they came out firing on all cylinders and quickly grabbed two more goals to make it 3-0 in the second half.
Darren Aird converted a penalty to double Vale’s lead before Michael South set up Sheriff with a pinpoint pass and he kept calm to slot the ball into the net past Craig Pucko in the East Linton goal.
The visitors rallied and pulled one goal back through Conor Ramage’s flick in the box – but it was too little too late and the impressive Bonthrone made sure of the result for Vale late on.
Loco stay on track
Victoria Loco helped themselves to four first-half goals in an impressive 4-2 league win over Edinburgh South Amateurs at Saughton.
The home side, who only have one defeat to their name so far in the Lothian East division, went ahead when Danny Glancy fired into the bottom left corner five minutes in.
Edinburgh quickly responded, however. After Connor Mitchell was brought down in the box a penalty was awarded and Stephen Fyfe found the net to level the scores.
By the 15th minute, the hosts were back ahead when they received a penalty of their own, which Robert Dunn converted.
After Daniel Waddle got on the scoresheet to make it 3-1 to Loco, Craig Spalding grabbed a fourth for his side with a towering header from a corner.
Despite the visitors’ best efforts in the second 45 they couldn’t turn the game around but did manage a second through Alex Chapman late on.
Alba take top spot
Edinburgh United Alba moved top of the Lothian West division with an emphatic 4-0 win over Bathgate Thistle at Forrester High School.
Fifteen minutes in, Alba took the lead when Craig Edgar was hauled down in the box and the referee didn’t hesitate in awarding a penalty. The number 10 dusted himself off to slot the ball into the bottom corner.
The home side managed to double their advantage before the break when Ryan Stevenson curled the ball into the far corner of the goal from just outside the area.
Stevenson then turned creator in the second half, sprinting to the byeline before delivering a ball to the far post where sub Mark Law pounced for Alba’s third of the afternoon.
Despite Bathgate’s best efforts, they were unable to find a way back into the game and with five minutes to go Mike Brown headed in Alba’s fourth goal to seal a hard-earned victory.