Ormiston manager Murray Cheyne was left to rue his side’s missed chances as the East Lothian side failed to arrest a run of defeats.
Having recently strung together a three-match winning streak, Ormiston have now suffered three successive losses after a home defeat by Hawick Royal Albert.
Goals by Kevin Strathdee and Andy Noble put Hawick 2-0 up before Ormi pulled a goal back through Connor Pontone. Paul Brown’s strike made it 3-1 and sealed three points for The Albert.
Cheyne said: “It was a poor performance from us and we never really got to grips with the game. When we did pull a goal back, we got caught on the break pushing for the equaliser.
“Again, holidays and suspensions weakened our squad, but there are no excuses – we should have defended better and we rued the missed chances we had in the first half. Hawick played well as a team and took their chances well.”
Easthouses Lily boss Dave McQueenie toasted a convincing win for his team at Eyemouth, where two goals by Ryan McQueenie and solitary strikes by John Hunter, Craig Stupart and Liam Grant earned the visitors a 5-2 win.
Lily leapfrogged Eyemouth into second place, with McQueenie reflecting on a positive collective effort. He said: “It was a very good team performance and an excellent result against out bogey side.”
Frankie Arthur’s brace helped Peebles Rovers bounce back from defeat at Eyemouth a week previously with a 3-0 win at home to Burntisland Shipyard. Scott Sutherland opened the scoring for John O’Hara’s men before Arthur struck twice to seal Peebles’ first league win this term. Kelso United scored a goal in each half to win 2-0 at Berwick Rangers Reserves. Calum McClure’s fifth goal of the season, scored in the 41st minute, gave United the lead at Shielfield, and Chris Black converted a free-kick in the 70th minute to complete the scoring.
Lowly Duns took a surprise lead against league leaders Hibs Reserves through Steven Burns. But the East Mains youngsters fought back, with goals by Gavin McCaffrey and Ryan Baptie sealing a 2-1 win to preserve Hibs’ 100 per cent league record.