GeoSonic Lowland League:

Kelty Hearts 4 Gretna 2008 0

RUTHLESS Kelty Hearts struck four goals in 15 first-half minutes to see off Gretna 2008 and stretch their unbeaten run to seven games.

Barry Ferguson's side powered past their opponents to remain third in the Lowland League.

The scoreline was convincing in the end for the hosts but they had goalkeeper Scott Christie to thank for keeping them level as early as the second minute, when the Border side were awarded a penalty.

From a long throw into the Kelty box, Kevin Connelly went down under Garry Leighton's challenge but, from the spot-kick awarded by referee Gavin Duncan, Christie guessed correctly and dived to his left to thwart Jake Smith brilliantly.

Ferguson was forced into a change after only 21 minutes when Kyle Wilson went off with a head knock to be replaced by Ross Mutch, and he watched his side work their way into the match before taking the lead on the half hour.

Stephen Husband's free kick into the box was missed by Murray Carstairs but, as the ball dropped loose, Brian Ritchie was there to stab it home from six yards and net his fifth goal of the campaign.

Within two minutes, Kelty doubled their lead when, from a Husband corner, the unfortunate Jack Hunter headed the ball beyond his goalkeeper, Jim Atkinson, and it was 3-0 four minutes from the break when yet another set-piece delivery from Husband was bundled home by Carstairs.

On the stroke of half-time, the scoring was complete when Husband's low free kick deflected off the Gretna wall and fell invitingly for Carstairs, who made no mistake from around eight yards.

Central Taxis East of Scotland League, Conference A:

Oakley United 2 Tweedmouth Rangers 0

OAKLEY UNITED ended a seven-game winless run by securing their first home league success against the bottom side.

Stewart Kenny's team moved four points clear of third- and second-bottom sides Peebles Rovers and Hawick Royal Albert thanks to goals from Johnny Harrison and Stuart Love.

Kenny, who lost top goalscorer Jason McAteer to Crossgates Primrose, said: "It's one of these things that happens in football, and was the best thing for both parties.

"He was our top goalscorer so it's disappointing to lose him but now it's about finding the right player. The good thing in this league is that there's no relegation at the end of the season, so we don't need to rush in.

"Our longer-term focus is on next season and we need to try and build towards that but we're still going out to try and win as many games as possible.

"I don't think it was our best performance, but it's our first home win, which is pleasing. We were never in any danger of losing and we dominated the full game."

Conference B:

Tranent 4 Crossgates Primrose 1

PRIMROSE boss Alan Campbell praised Tranent as one of the best teams they've played this season after they fell to defeat on Saturday.

After a scoreless opening period, two goals in as many second-half minutes put the home side – one place above Crossgates in the table – on their way to victory.

Scott Lawrie did register a consolation goal for Crossgates, and Campbell said: "Tranent are a good side and are probably one of, if not the best, team we've played this year.

"In the first 10-15 minutes, we started on the front foot but Adam Moffat, who has been a big player for us, took a knock to his knee and had to come off after half an hour.

"That knocked us a wee bit and, with the wind in the second half, they hemmed us in. They were too good for us on the day."

Conference C:

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 1 Broxburn Athletic 4

LEE DUFFY felt the final scoreline was harsh on his Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts side as two late goals sealed victory for league leaders Broxburn Athletic.

The Ballast Bank outfit gave as good as they got throughout the 90 minutes against a team that have won 15 of their 17 games played so far.

There were only four minutes on the clock when Broxburn went ahead and they doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time.

With 25 minutes left, John Francis stepped up to send a superb free kick beyond goalkeeper Connor Wallace to make it 2-1.

Russell was denied moments later while Murray hit the frame of the goal as the Swifts sought an equaliser, but with five minutes to go, they conceded a penalty and Broxburn added a fourth in injury time, leaving Duffy to reflect: "It was a great performance against a top team, and the result flattered them at the end." Premier League South:

Lochgelly Albert 1 Rosyth 4

ROSYTH boss Brian Muirhead is relishing a cup clash with higher league opposition after they blew Lochgelly Albert away.

After electing to play against the wind in the first half, they conceded the opening goal to Ryan Hughes after seven minutes but pulled themselves level within three minutes when Scott Gilfillan rifled high into the net after good work from Stevie Slimmings and Tam Hampson to set up the chance.

The score remained level at the interval but, in the second half, the visitors took control and went ahead within five minutes through Jason Keith.

Substitute Mark Higgins curled home a fine third goal from the edge of the area in the 72nd minute before Hampson completed a fine win in the final minute.

Rosyth will face Super League outfit Kennoway Star Hearts this weekend, and Muirhead commented: "It was very comfortable and an assured performance. Scott Gilfillan was everywhere, Jason Keith was a workhorse and Stevie Slimmings' workrate was fantastic.

"The pleasing thing for me is that we always look like we're going to score. Our options are really good so things look really promising.

"Our next three games are massive. Kennoway are in the league above us and, the way we're playing and with the confidence we have, it should be a cracker."

Saturday's fixtures (kick-offs 2.30pm unless stated): GeoSonic Lowland League – Gala Fairydean v Kelty Hearts (3pm). Central Taxis East of Scotland League, Conference A – Leith Athletic v Oakley United (3pm). Conference B – Crossgates Primrose v Bonnyrigg Rose. Conference C – Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts v Camelon Juniors. DJ Laing East Region Cup – Kennoway Star Hearts v Rosyth.