Steve McCurry’s men move on to 12 points to be three points adrift of Kelburne thanks to a 3-2 victory at Hillhead, Scottish international defender Adam Mackenzie claiming a double, both from penalty corners, for the Edinburgh side. The other strike came from Andrew Johnston.
Grange, minus five starting players through injury, stay in second spot but are now two points behind Kelburne after being held 1-1 at Clydesdale, Colin McIver grabbing their goal.
Newly-promoted CALA Edinburgh recorded their second win with a 4-2 victory at bottom club Dundee Wanderers thanks to a Scott Sutherland treble.
Stuart Laing slotted home in the final minute as rapidly-improving Edinburgh University bounced back from a two-goal deficit with six minutes remaining to snatch a 3-3 draw from Western. The other scorers for the University were David Ellis and Duncan Birse.
Meanwhile, Robert Barr claimed a double as Grange marched into the last 16 of the Scottish Cup with a 4-2 victory over last season’s giant-killers CALA Edinburgh.
Inverleith also moved into the next round when they beat Division Two side Glasgow University 3-0 away.
Scott McCartney fired six goals as holders Western cruised through to the last 16 thanks to a 10-0 victory at Falkirk GHG.