Geosonic Lowland League:

Kelty Hearts 2 Gala Fairydean 0

KELTY HEARTS made the ideal start to life under new boss Barry Ferguson by seeing off Gala Fairydean on Saturday.

The former Rangers and Scotland skipper, who officially took charge at New Central Park on Tuesday following Thomas Courts' departure, watched his side retain their place at the summit with a comfortable win.

A bumper attendance of 560 turned out for Ferguson's bow in the Kelty hotseat and they saw the hosts dominate for large periods of the match.

It took them just 11 minutes to open the scoring when Elliot Ford's ball into the box was only cleared as far as top scorer Stuart Cargill, who took one touch to control before unleashing a fine strike into the far corner of the net from 16 yards.

That goal was his 18th in just 17 games so far this season, and his 158th in total for the club, leaving him just four short of equalling a club record.

Ciaren Chalmers then scored his fourth of the season when he rose highest to meet Scott-Taylor Mackenzie's corner and head past Gala keeper Patrick Martin.

Although Cargill and Mackenzie had chances to add more gloss to the scoreline in the second period, Kelty had done enough to move three points clear of East Kilbride at the top, and Ferguson said: "There were butterflies ahead of this game – I know what it means to get off to a good start.

"We dominated the first half and deserved to go on and win the match.

"There is a lot of quality here and I'm confident we have a team capable of going on and winning the Lowland League."

East of Scotland League, Conference A:

Oakley United 0 Hawick Royal Albert 3

OAKLEY UNITED say they are "delighted" to have secured the services of Stewart Kenny as their new manager.

The Blairwood Park club announced his arrival from Tullibody Amateurs as Richard Fox's successor on Sunday, and he will take charge of his first match when they go to basement club Tweedmouth Rangers this weekend.

Fox left following their last match – a 4-1 defeat to Penicuik Athletic – having picked up just four points from their opening eight league games since making the switch from junior football last season.

The club's committee oversaw proceedings on Saturday and secretary Craig Cowan commented: "It was not as quick as we would've liked but we are delighted to get Stewart on board.

"We had an application and interview process, and there were seven applications, but we feel that Stewart is the man to take us forward, and we move on."

With a number of players missing due to injury and work commitments, Oakley fell to defeat against a Hawick Royal Albert side that jumped up to seventh in the table.

Conference B:

Crossgates Primrose 2 Burntisland Shipyard 1

CROSSGATES PRIMROSE marked their return to league action with a narrow Fife derby win over Burntisland Shipyard.

Alan Campbell's side had not played since an excellent victory over Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale on October 6 but picked up from where they left off at Humbug Park.

After a goalless opening 45 minutes, Primrose took the lead through Scott Hynd in the 65th minute, but were pegged back within two minutes when Callum McAulay netted for the visitors.

But, with a quarter of an hour to go, Darren Aitken grabbed the winner to take Crossgates to within three points of fourth-placed Sauchie.

Conference C:

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 4 Craigroyston 0

LEE DUFFY told his Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts players that he was "proud as punch" after they recorded their second league win of the season.

Scott Russell fired them ahead just before the half-hour mark before doubling their advantage a minute from half-time.

Russell went on to complete his treble, and claim the match ball, before a late Ally Griffin goal rounded off an excellent day's work for the hosts.

"I'm delighted; it was a 4-0 win but it should have been more," Duffy commented.

"We kept a clean sheet, which we've not had in the league all season, as well which was pleasing. We're carrying a few knocks and I said to the lads at training on Monday night that I came away proud as punch.

"On the other side, I feel that we could've reached another level, as I don't think we got out of third gear. That's my opinion of their ability and I think they feel that as well.

"I'm delighted; training has been really good and the boys have bought in to what we're trying to achieve. We've given the town something to think about and, hopefully, we can keep this run of results going that will allow us more exposure, and will see more people coming to watch us."

Scottish Junior Cup, third round:

Bridge of Don Thistle 3 Rosyth 5

A QUICK-FIRE double set Rosyth on their way to round four at the expense of North Region Super League outfit Bridge of Don Thistle.

Craig Fraser's header from a deep free kick after just 26 seconds gave Brian Muirhead's men a dream start in Aberdeen and they doubled their lead with only five minutes on the clock.

Midway through the half, the hosts pulled one back with a penalty – which saw keeper Ross Harkness booked for protesting – but the two-goal cushion was restored before half-time when Gregg Page chipped home after latching on to a loose ball at the edge of the area and Tam Hampson made it 3-1 from the penalty spot.

Sam Muirhead made it 4-2 when he turned a Jack Craig cross home for Thistle but, with 18 minutes to go, Mark Higgins latched on to a through pass to all-but seal Rosyth's victory.

They did, however, end with 10 men when Harkness was penalised for a challenge to concede another penalty, and earn a second booking.

Hampson took over in goal and, although Craig netted his second of the afternoon, Rosyth had done enough to progress.

Muirhead said: "We started really fast and, when we got a foothold in the game, we kept the ball really well. Confidence is really high just now, so long may it continue. We do a lot of work on shape and formation on a Tuesday and a Thursday, and it is paying off."

Saturday's fixtures (kick-offs 2pm unless stated): Lowland League – Kelty Hearts v Spartans (3pm). East of Scotland League, Conference A – Tweedmouth Rangers v Oakley United. Conference B – Crossgates Primrose v Tynecastle. Conference C – Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts v Stirling University. Thorntons Property East Region League Cup – Kinnoull v Rosyth.