Shock win lifts Craigroyston off the bottom

Craigroyston manager Gary Aitchison
Craigroyston manager Gary Aitchison
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Craigroyston lifted themselves off the bottom of the Central Taxis Premier Division with a surprise 2-1 victory over reigning league champions Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.

Gary Aitchison’s side were chasing their first league victory since a 2-0 win at Stirling University on September 27 and could have been forgiven for fearing the worst after just four minutes when Callum Connolly put Hutchie ahead.

The visitors rallied, however, and Greig Tulloch netted his fifth goal of the season eight minutes later with a shot from inside the area. They took the lead on 64 minutes when Craig Anderson headed in a Chris Inglis free-kick.

“Lady luck hasn’t been with us in recent weeks, so we were maybe due it,” said a delighted Aitchison.

Lothian manager Kevin Twaddle felt his side were denied a first-half penalty when Liam O’Donnell appeared to be fouled inside the area.

He said: “We had a stonewall penalty not given, and I don’t think our player has been malicious with the foul that lead to their second goal.”

All the top four sides in the Premier Division failed to register a win at the weekend, with leaders Leith Athletic preserving their unbeaten record after salvaging a late draw against ten-man Stirling University at Meadowbank.

Athletic took the lead after 16 minutes through Lewis Martin, but Ben Birch equalised for Stirling two minutes later.

Birch was then ordered off for Stirling on 27 minutes, but although Leith restored their lead on 51 minutes through Keith Murray, Oliver Minguel replied for the visitors minutes later.

Derek Riddel’s side found themselves 4-2 down after goals from Forbes and Jeff Kessie, but two goals in the last six minutes from Chris Barrie and a penalty from Keith Murray kept Leith three clear at the top.

Easthouses Lily, missed the chance to close the gap after a ten-goal thriller at Newbattle Complex against Coldstream.

Graeme Young had given Lily an early lead, but four goals in a whirlwind 25 minutes, with John Crawford netting a hat-trick and a James Oliver strike, gave Coldstream a shock lead.

Lily fought back with goals from John Baigrie, Lee Fellenger, Ally Elliot and Graeme Young while Crawford scored a fifth from the penalty spot for the visitors.

Elsewhere, Civil Service Strollers extended their unbeaten league run to seven games after a 2-2 draw with Spartans EOS. Davy Stewart netted both goals for Alex Cunnigham’s side with Strollers goals coming from Kieran McGachie and James Guy