GeoSonic Lowland League:

Kelty Hearts 2 Stirling University 2

STUART CARGILL equalled Kelty Hearts' goalscoring record as he helped his side rescue a point against Stirling University on Saturday.

The New Central Park talisman, who joined the club in 2012 from Dundonald Bluebell, netted his 162nd goal in maroon – and his 21st of the campaign – to spark a late comeback by Barry Ferguson's team from two goals down.

After five wins and a draw from his first six matches in charge, Ferguson had watched his side claim just one maximum in their last four, leaving them nine points adrift of leaders East Kilbride in third place.

But after this draw with the students – Kelty's third stalemate in four matches – their title chances suffered another blow as victory for East Kilbride over Gretna extended the gap to 11 points.

The hosts got off to the worst possible start with just eight minutes on the clock. Murray Carstairs was adjudged to have fouled Kieran Hall inside the box and, despite Kelty protests, the Uni striker took and converted the resulting penalty himself to give his side a surprise lead.

Things got worse for the hosts four minutes later when, after receiving the ball at the left edge of the box, Blair Lyons led the Kelty defence a merry dance before firing towards goal. Although goalkeeper David Manderson clawed the ball clear, it was deemed to have crossed the line and the students suddenly had a two-goal advantage.

Ferguson sent on Stephen Husband and Shaun Greig in a bid to turn their fortunes around at the interval and with 16 minutes to go, Cargill gave Kelty a lifeline – and put his name in the record books.

Husband's shot from the edge of the box was saved well by Kevin Walker, who did brilliantly to block Ross Mutch's follow-up effort, but the loose ball fell kindly for the 30-year-old to draw level with Tommy Condie's goal tally, set 25 years ago.

That goal gave Hearts the lift they needed and, two minutes later, Carstairs lashed in a superb shot to salvage a draw.

East of Scotland League, Conference A:

Oakley United 1 Dunbar United 1

OAKLEY UNITED manager Stewart Kenny was pleased with his team's reaction after holding Dunbar United to a draw.

The Blairwood Park men were smarting after suffering a six-goal drubbing at Hill of Beath Hawthorn last time out but produced a much better showing against their fifth-top opponents.

The visitors took the lead in the 17th minute when Dean Ballantyne won – and subsequently converted – a penalty kick.

But Kenny's men worked their way back into the game and, before half-time, Anton McGovern netted the equaliser with a diving header.

Although both teams had chances to win it in the second half, the points were shared and Kenny commented: "We were looking for a reaction after the Hill of Beath game and made four changes.

"We could've sneaked it at the end but a draw was probably a fair result.

"There's progress there. Since we came in we've moved up about three places but we can't seem to finish teams off."

Conference B:

Crossgates Primrose 10 Eyemouth United 1

PRIMROSE boss Alan Campbell praised his players for their ruthless streak after they hit double figures against Eyemouth United on Saturday.

Having already beaten the league's bottom club by eight goals on their own patch earlier in the season, Crossgates were given a shock when their opponents took an unlikely lead with 17 minutes on the clock.

But, after in-form Scott Hynd pulled the Humbug Park outfit level four minutes later, they went on to take control and a second from the former Alloa striker, and strikes from Scott Lawrie and Dale Allan, put the game beyond doubt by half-time.

Allan notched his second before Hynd completed his treble within the opening 10 minutes of the second period, before further goals from Darren Aitken, Mark McKenzie, Barry Paterson, and Lawrie again, wrapped up a convincing victory.

It moves Crossgates into fifth, one point behind third-top Dalkeith Thistle, and Campbell commented: "We made six changes and we didn't get into our rhythm in the first 15-20 minutes. To be fair to them, they played well and went ahead, but we stuck to our gameplan and then the goals came.

"In the second half, there was always a chance of taking our foot off the gas, but we got the ball down, stretched them and scored some really good goals.

"It's never nice to see teams struggling like that but we had to look after ourselves. Goal difference could play a part in things at the end of the season so we had to be clinical, and that was pleasing.

"We worked on fitness over the festive period and we came on strong in the latter period of the game, so that was pleasing too. The guys who came in did well so it gives me a bit of a selection headache."

Conference C:

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 1 Jeanfield Swifts 4

LEE DUFFY says his players produced one of their better performances despite going down to defeat against Jeanfield Swifts.

The Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts boss felt that the final scoreline didn't truly reflect a game in which his side held Conference C's only unbeaten side for much of the first half.

Duffy said: "If you take the result out of it, I thought it was one of our better performances.

"We pushed them close for long periods of the game and tried to keep our composure and play football. Jeanfield were very professional and are a good team but it doesn't portray how the game went.

"We're making the right moves as a team and a club, and it's hugely positive the way it's going."

Thornton's Property East Region League Cup:

West Calder United 0 Rosyth 0

"BORING" was how Rosyth boss Brian Muirhead described his team's stalemate at West Calder United.

Muirhead said: "It was not an exciting match and was almost a non-event. It didn't seem like either team wanted to grab it and win it.

"We had two or three cleared off the line, and their keeper had two or three good saves, but there was no quality in the game. It was boring.

"I was not impressed and I let the players know in no uncertain terms.

"It was strange because we have been playing well but we lacked a spark. We did have six first-team players missing but the guys that came in are all good players.Maybe a few of the boys had an eye on the Pollok game (Scottish Junior Cup).

"I was disappointed with the draw but it was what the game deserved."

Saturday's fixtures: Football Nation Qualifying Cup, quarter-final – Kelty Hearts v Camelon Juniors (3pm). East of Scotland League, Conference B – Burntisland Shipyard v Crossgates Primrose (2pm). Conference C – Blackburn United v Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts (2.30pm). Premier League South – Bathgate Thistle v Rosyth (1.45pm).