Central Taxis East of Scotland League, Conference B:

Crossgates Primrose 2 Dalkeith Thistle 0

PROUD Crossgates Primrose manager Alan Campbell says he has to give "all the credit in the world" to his players after they clinched a place in next season's East of Scotland Premier League.

Barring a mathematical miracle, which would require Primrose to lose to Haddington, and Sauchie to beat Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale with a 15-goal swing, the Humbug Park side will finish fifth and take their place in the newly-created top tier alongside the likes of Bonnyrigg Rose, Linlithgow Rose and Hill of Beath Hawthorn.

Each of the teams in the top four of Conference B played in either the Super League or Premier League of the juniors last season, whereas Crossgates were in the bottom division, and Campbell said: "I'm really chuffed.

"I know that there is still a situation where we can't make it, and strange things can happen, but there needs to be a 15-goal swing. We need to approach it (Saturday's game) professionally and get the point we need, but it's our last home league game and we hope to finish on a high.

"The committee have worked their backsides off, and we've got a great hardcore support, but I've got to give the players all the credit in the world. They've really stepped up; we had a wee wobble in February but since then, we've hit form at a crucial time and, over the last couple of months, have got some great results.

"It's not as big a surprise to me as it is to some others. I had belief in them from day one and always thought it was achievable but it was quite surreal to have a team in tier six from a small village like Crossgates.

"We want to go up and really enjoy it. There will be some big teams, the crowds will be up and hopefully it will generate more interest in the club in general.

"We've been working towards it all season."

Darren Aitken's 22nd minute opener set Crossgates on their way against mid-table Dalkeith Thistle and any nerves the home side might have had were settled with 12 minutes to go when Scott Lawrie doubled their advantage.

"The game itself from our point of view had the potential to be nervous but the players took care of business," Campbell added.

"In the first half, it was like they couldn't wait to get playing, and we could've been three- or four-nil up. You always worry when you only get the one goal, and they came into it a wee bit, but they were never really a threat to our goal.

"We managed to get a goal from a free kick late on and it settled the whole thing down. It was a good day and I'm really chuffed."

GeoSonic Lowland League:

Kelty Hearts 0 East Kilbride 3

CHAMPIONS East Kilbride proved too good for Kelty Hearts for the second time in three games as they brought their maiden Lowland League campaign to a close.

Having topped the table in October, the club were shocked when Thomas Courts resigned in autumn and since confirming Barry Ferguson as his replacement, Kelty have won 10 of his 18 league games in charge, drawing four, and secured a third-place finish by finishing seven points behind BSC Glasgow, and 18 adrift of East Kilbride.

The hosts started brightly, with Stephen Husband shooting wide in the sixth minute but were behind three minutes later when Cammy Russell's effort from the edge of the box wrong-footed Scott Christie on its way into the net.

Only a quarter-of-an-hour had been played when Kelty found themselves two down thanks to Craig Malcolm's close-range finish from Paul Woods' centre after a fine passing move.

Three minutes after the break, it was all over when good play between Anton Brady and Malcolm gave the latter the opportunity to slot home from around 16 yards and inflict a sixth league defeat of the season on Kelty.

Kelty still have the chance to end the season with silverware in the Lowland League Cup, which begins tomorrow (Friday) at Spartans.

East Region Consolation League Cup, Section Seven:

Rosyth 4 Bathgate Thistle 5

BRIAN MUIRHEAD lambasted his side's second-half display as "unprofessional" after they were beaten by Bathgate Thistle in an astonishing nine-goal encounter.

Gregg Page's 16th minute goal gave Rosyth the lead at the Fleet Grounds but they were pegged back ahead of half-time, before three goals within eight minutes of the restart put the visitors 4-1 up.

Scott Gilfillan pulled one back with 16 minutes left before the visitors added a fifth 10 minutes later and, although Page and Stuart Gibb gave the scoreline a much closer look, Muirhead said: "The score makes it look like it was a close game but we were hammered.

"We were well beaten by the better side, the hungrier side, and if we'd walked off six- or seven-one, it would have been justified.

"In the first half, we competed really well, went ahead, looked comfortable and our work-rate was good. At half-time there were a few encouraging words but, in the second half, they just did what they wanted.

"There was a lack of concentration, our discipline was terrible – it was a 45 minutes to forget.

"It's hard to explain. The standard was set on the Scottish Cup run (in which Rosyth reached the last 16) and I'm not sure if the players believed the hype that they'd be a scalp but I was thoroughly disappointed."

Fixtures:– Tomorrow (Friday): Ferrari Packaging Lowland League Cup – Spartans v Kelty Hearts (KO 7.45pm). Saturday (kick-offs 2.30pm): Central Taxis East of Scotland League, Conference B – Crossgates Primrose v Haddington Athletic. East Region Consolation Cup – Rosyth v Whitburn.