East of Scotland League, Premier Division:

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 1 Crossgates Primrose 0

THE new management team in charge of Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts made the perfect start by watching their side claim derby honours.

The hosts had gone 10 Premier Division games without victory, with their last coming on August 20. High-flying Primrose, by contrast, were unbeaten in their previous five league outings, winning three of them, but came unstuck against the Swifts.

Liam Kelly proved to be the home hero, netting 16 minutes from time, to earn three points for new coaching team Craig Morrison, Iain Mauchlen and Stuart Innes.

"It was really good and I'm really proud of the lads," Morrison said.

"We only came in on Tuesday and the response we've had has been absolutely brilliant.

"We knew we had a tough one on Saturday. Results have been a bit challenging recently but we set out with a gameplan. We understand the way Crossgates play, and some of their players, but we were brilliant from start to finish.

"You don't want to make too much of it but, in their previous two games, the lads had conceded 10 goals. That can affect the boys' confidence but they were absolutely exceptional. It's built some confidence and the guys have got a smile on their face."

Crossgates counterpart Alan Campbell commented: "It was a bit of a tight game. They had two or three chances and we had two or three chances. We had a lot of possession but we didn't really do much with it.

"They scored a good goal from their point of view and, after that, they sat a bit deeper, and we didn't have the answers to break them down."

It was the visitors' first competitive match since November 12, although they drew a friendly at Cowdenbeath between then and Saturday, and Campbell added: "It's the first (league) game this season that we've not scored in. That tells you we didn't do enough to win it but you have to give them a bit of credit as well. They defended quite well. It wasn't our best day."

East of Scotland League, Premier Division:

Jeanfield Swifts 7 Oakley United 0

PETER GOLDIE admitted that Saturday was "probably the lowest point of the season" after his injury-hit side lost heavily.

But the Oakley United boss, who took over in the summer following Stewart Kenny's departure, insists that he would "never chuck the towel in" and believes they can be competitive when players return to fitness.

Goldie said he was without eight players who would be in contention for starting places, and fielded five of the club's under-20s against a Jeanfield side that are third, just six points behind leaders Linlithgow Rose.

Oakley remain second-bottom with just one win from 13 games, and 12 points from safety.

"It was a disappointing result," Goldie said.

"I can't fault the effort but, if you make a mistake, you get punished at this level. That's been the story of the last couple of weeks.

"Saturday was probably the lowest point of the season, trying to pick myself up. I had messages from managers that I'd played for, like Willie Newbigging and Derek Murray, saying 'Get your head up'. Their support means a lot and gives me a boost.

"I would never chuck the towel. I believe that, with a fully-fit squad, we can get out of it. If I can get them to believe in themselves, we can turn it around.

"We're starting to get some boys back and we're in for a couple of players which, again, helps with the injury situation, and that they are experienced. The committee are working hard, I'm working hard, the players are working hard.

"We hit the reset button and go again. Hopefully, by January, we'll have six boys coming back, who will be like new signings. Bruce McAdam, our captain, has only played two games. Having our captain back would lift the players in the changing room.

"We went up (to the Premier Division) earlier than we anticipated. It would be great to stay there but we're playing established teams. It has been a difficult season but we're still positive. We've got 18 games left; if we win half of those, we're still in with a shout."

East of Scotland League, First Division:

Kinnoull 3 Rosyth 0

ROSYTH were beaten for the second time in three outings as Greig Denham suffered only his third defeat since taking charge in September but it was a second in three outings for the visitors, who are four points above third-bottom Burntisland Shipyard.

Goals from Adam Frydrychowicz, Mark Smith and Jamie Mackenzie ensured the spoils stayed in Perth, with fifth-placed Kinnoull five points behind leaders Dunbar United.

Saturday's fixtures:– East of Scotland League, Premier Division: Crossgates Primrose P-P Dundonald Bluebell, Hill of Beath Hawthorn P-P Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts (2.30pm), Oakley United P-P Blackburn United. First Division: Rosyth v Luncarty (2.30pm).