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Nov 15: East Region Round-up

NEWTONGRANGE STAR remain hot on the heels of East Superleague leaders Kelty Hearts after defeating the champions.

Alan Miller’s men ran out 2-1 winners against Bo’ness United at New Victoria Park to leave the champions twelve points adrift of pace setters Kelty.

Sean Jamieson gave Newtongrange an early lead with a third minute penalty before Chris King doubled the home side’s advantage by converting Craig Thomson’s cross with a neat finish over the head of Mark Peat.

But the champions responded well after the interval and Will Snowdon netted a penalty in 50 minutes to set up a tense second half.

However Allan McGonigal’s men couldn’t find an equaliser and the Midlothian side held on to secure the points and strengthen their second placed position.

Meanwhile leaders Kelty remain two points ahead of Newtongrange after winning 3-1 at Camelon to maintain their undefeated start to the season.

Goals from Craig O’Reilly, Stuart Cargill and captain Shaun Greig put the Fifers on easy street with James Stevenson grabbing a consolation for Camelon.

Linlithgow Rose lost ground on the top two after being held to a 1-1 draw by Broxburn Athletic at Prestonfield.

Calum Smith netted his 50th goal for Linlithgow midway through the first half to put the hosts in front but James Donaldson scored shortly after the interval to level the match and neither side could force a winner.

Penicuik Athletic continued their impressive start to life in the top flight with a comfortable 3-0 win against Carnoustie Panmure to move up to fifth in the table with goals coming from Neil Janczyk, Ryan McCallum and Danny Rennie.

Musselburgh Athletic moved into four place in the table after winning 3-2 at Armadale Thistle as Bonnyrigg Rose went down 3-2 against Sauchie at New Dundas Park.

Sauchie’s recent 20-year-old signing Connor Kelly helped himself to a hat-trick on his first start for the Clackmannanshire club with Bonnyrigg’s goals coming courtesy of Blair Henderson and Ross Archibald..

And in the remaining East Superleague games which were both played in Fife, Hill of Beith ran out 3-1 winners against Lochee United and Fauldhouse United won 3-2 at Ballingry Rovers.

Stuart Coleman

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