Spartans beat students to remain in title contention

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Spartans ensured that there will be a nail-biting end to the season in the Central Taxis Premier Division when they defeated Heriot-Watt University 3-1 at Riccarton to go level on points with Whitehill Welfare at the top of the table.

Whitehill retain pole position by virtue of having scored four more goals than Spartans, as both clubs have a goal difference of plus 27.

Spartans and Heriot-Watt started tentatively and much of the play was contained in the midfield area. However, 
Willie Bremner gave Spartans the lead ten minutes before half-time when Keith McLeod and Kevin Motion set the 
striker up to score from 15 yards.

David Myatt had the ball in the net for the students shortly after the break, but he was flagged offside. That was to prove costly, as Bremner doubled Spartans’ advantage soon afterwards when he headed in from ten yards.

Michael Renwick, the Heriot-Watt coach, made a double substitution and they almost immediately pulled a goal back when Michael Webster headed in from close range. Daniel O’Donnell then had a shot cleared off the goal-line before substitute John Ferguson wrapped up the points for Spartans in injury time when he slotted a low shot into the corner of the net.

Stirling University kept the pressure on both Whitehill and Spartans with a 4-0 win against Preston Athletic with goals from Paul Sludden (2), Jason Atkins and Chris McKee, 
while Gretna 2008 beat Civil Service Strollers 2-0 with strikes from Alan Ingles and Adam Main.

The race for promotion from the First Division is still very tight after leaders Craigroyston travelled to face Burntisland Shipyard and returned with a 5-1 victory after falling behind to an early goal from Dale Robertson. Bryan Wilson, Errol Douglas, Stevie Moncur, Mark Hendrie and Scott Ritchie all netted to stretch Craigroyston’s lead at the top to four points.

Leith Athletic are still very much in the hunt after beating Peebles Rovers 4-0 thanks to goals from Greig Tulloch, Lewis Tracey and a double from Jason Stevens.

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