Craigroyston crowned First Division champions

Craig Anderson was on target for Craigroyston
Craig Anderson was on target for Craigroyston

Craigroyston tonight clinched the East of Scotland League First Division title with a 4-2 victory away to nearest challengers Leith Athletic. The result also boosts third-placed Coldstream’s promotion prospects.

The Streamers, who topped for table for most of the season but have faltered during the run-in, were depending on a Craigroyston win tonight. Now their fate lies in their own hands with two games left to play.

Victories away to Peebles Rovers at Netherdale (8pm) on Wednesday night and at home to Gala Fairydean on Saturday would seal second spot and a place in next season’s Premier Division for Andrew Gibson’s men.

Leith are still one point ahead of Coldstream but only have one game left – at home to Eyemouth United on Saturday.

Coldstream would move above Leith into second with a win away to Peebles, but whatever happens the final promotion place will be decided on the last day of the league season. It could even come down to goal difference.

In tonight’s crunch match in Edinburgh, Bryan Wilson put Craigroyston ahead with a 20-yard volley, but Lewis Tracey equalised for Leith in the 54th minute.

John Dunn and Craig Anderson made it 3-1 to Craigroyston before Craig Hume pulled one back for Leith six minutes from time.

Errol Douglas wrapped up the three points and the title with the fourth goal in injury time.

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TOP OF THE TABLE

1 Craigroyston Pld 25 Pts 62 Diff +46

2 Leith Athletic Pld 25 Pts 44 Diff +45

3 Coldstream Pld 24 Pts 43 Diff +43

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FIXTURES

Wednesday

Peebles Rovers v Coldstream

Saturday

Coldstream v Gala Fairydean

Leith Athletic v Eyemouth Utd