Central Taxis East of Scotland League, Conference B:

Crossgates Primrose 4 Tranent 1

ALAN CAMPBELL saluted his Primrose players after they produced their "A game" to turn the tables on Tranent on Saturday.

A superb first-half performance from Crossgates swept aside an East Lothian side that had beaten them by the same scoreline in last month's reverse fixture to maintain their bid for a top-five finish.

The contest was just three minutes old when Scott Lawrie put them ahead and, just before the half-hour mark, Mark McKenzie doubled the Crossgates advantage.

Lawrie then added his second and Crossgates' third before the break, with Dale Allan then getting in on the act with number four three minutes after half-time.

Although they scored a consolation through Mark McGovern, the visitors – who also had a penalty saved by Grant Henderson – were well beaten, and a thrilled Campbell said: "We were pretty dominant from the first whistle and it's as good as we've played for a while.

"I'm not sure if they underestimated us but, in the first half, we swarmed all over them. They tried to play from the back which, on our surface, I wouldn't recommend, but to a man from the goalkeeper right through, everyone was on their A game.

"We were ruthless but had other chances – it could have been four or five at half-time – but, for us to beat them that comfortably, the players should take a lot of confidence."

With four league games to go, Crossgates remain fifth in the table, and Campbell added: "We go to Haddington on Saturday and that will be another tough fixture but we'll look to keep this wee run of form going.

"We went through a sticky patch in February, and hopefully we've come through that and are hitting form at the right time.

"If we play like we did at the weekend, we'll be a hard team to beat."

Conference A:

Penicuik Athletic 2 Oakley United 1

OAKLEY UNITED boss Stewart Kenny said that his players "gave a good account of themselves" after being beaten narrowly by the league leaders.

The Blairwood Park side gave their opponents – who have lost just one of their 18 games this season – a run for their money in Midlothian.

A blistering volley from the edge of the area gave the hosts a 33rd minute lead but, four minutes from the break, Oakley hit back when Tiwi Daramola scored his first goal for the club.

Penicuik grabbed the winner nine minutes into the second half.

Kenny, however, was not too despondent, and said: "It was a good game. The players did what we asked of them; they worked hard and gave us all they could, but ultimately, their quality shone through in the end. We defended resolutely and they scored two good goals.

"We stood up against Penicuik man for man but sometimes you need the rub of the green as well, and we didn't get that. The players were a bit unlucky. My goalkeeper didn't really have a save to make, and that's credit to the defenders."

Conference C:

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 2 Edinburgh United 0

CAPTAIN Ryan O'Connor was Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts' hero as they returned to winning ways against Edinburgh United at Ballast Bank.

After succumbing to a 4-0 defeat at Ormiston in the King Cup – their fourth defeat in all competitions in a row – Lee Duffy's men bounced back in style to secure their fifth league maximum of the campaign, jumping above their opponents in the process.

O'Connor scored from a corner and with a late penalty and Duffy said: "In the last two games (against Edinburgh), they beat us, but we wanted to prove to them that we wouldn't roll over easily. We went back to basics; I changed the shape to a 4-4-2 and went for more experience this time.

"It was pleasing to get the three points and a clean sheet."

Duffy was also delighted to welcome back striker Callum Strang, who made his first appearance since August after suffering a fractured arm.

That, ironically, came in a game with Edinburgh United, which was subsequently abandoned, and Duffy added: "He came on in the final 10-15 minutes and if any young player wants to look at the attitude a player should have, Callum has it in abundance.

"He was at every training session, even when his arm was in a sling, and was at the gym and doing cardio work to make sure he was in the best position to come back stronger."

GeoSonic Lowland League:

Spartans 2 Kelty Hearts 1

KELTY HEARTS saw their eight-game unbeaten league run come to an end as Spartans came from behind to win last Friday evening.

Barry Ferguson's men went into the clash at Ainslie Park having won their last four matches but, despite taking the lead through Errol Douglas, Blair Atkinson's well-taken goal 12 minutes from time sealed all three points for the hosts.

Kelty went ahead six minutes into the second half when Douglas finished well from around 12 yards to score against his former club.

Their lead, however, only lasted four minutes as Spartans hit back with a well-worked goal before grabbing a late winner.

The result leaves Ferguson's side 14 points adrift of champions-elect East Kilbride – who need just one more win to seal the deal – and one point behind BSC Glasgow in the race for second.

l Saturday's fixtures (kick-offs 2.30pm unless stated): GeoSonic Lowland League – Kelty Hearts v Cumbernauld Colts (3pm). Central Taxis East of Scotland League, Conference A – Oakley United v Arniston Rangers. Conference B – Haddington Athletic v Crossgates Primrose. McBookie.com Premier League South – Rosyth v West Calder United.