KELTY Hearts got back on the winning trail and Saturday was a big day for the Maroons’ leading scorer Stuart Cargill who scored twice to become the club’s all time record scorer.

Elsewhere Hill of Beath Hawthorn went to the Borders and won and did Lochore Welfare got a key league cup win but there were defeats for Lochgelly Albert and Crossgates Primrose while Dundonald’s game was postponed.

Kelty Hearts 5,

Edu Sports Academy 0.

A VERY comfortable win for Hearts and much needed after a run of dropped Lowland League points.

Hearts had Scott Christie back in goal after his spell out through suspension and they made a great start to the game and got the opener in 13 minutes when Errol Douglas converted following a corner.

However, Academy carried danger and they broke through and Christie made a great save.

Then seconds later Cargill struck by getting clear of the Edu cover and got number two and seven minutes from the break he doubled his tally with a nice finish.

Edu started the second period brightly but ten minutes into the half the game was over as a contest.

The fourth goal came when Chris Dodd found space in the Academy box and he made no mistake.

Just after the hour Cargill completed his hat-trick with a typical goal from the prolific striker which took him to 165 goals for Hearts beating Tom Condie's previous record haul.

The result keeps Hearts 11 points adrift of East Kilbride and it was an encouraging performance.

Stuart Cargill was more concerned with the win rather than him getting the goals which has given him a place in history: “We have had a frustrating run creating a lot of chances but not converting them but the manager said goals would come and it was a good performance.

“It was nice to get a hat-trick but the big thing was winning the game.”

Tweedmouth Rangers 0,

Hill of Beath Hawthorn 2.

THE foot of East of Scotland League Conference A side, Rangers, made life very difficult for the Haws in the Borders.

Not surprisingly Hill of Beath had all the early possession but Tweedmouth defended superbly and kept the visitors out.

This was Haws first game without winger Calum Adamson who joined Berwick Rangers during the week, but they started to create chances and after some good saves from their ‘keeper Rangers fell behind when Charlie Denton’s cross was perfect for Kevin Connor’s header to put the visitors ahead.

The second period saw Haws continued to dominate and the second goal came in 55 minutes when Russell Grierson got his first goal for the Haws with a good finish from eight yards out.

Haws continued to press but the hard working Tweedmouth side kept them out and the win keeps Hill of Beath in second top spot in Conference A.

Haws boss, Kevin Fotheringham, was delighted with the result: “Tweedmouth have improved amazingly since we beat them 16-0 at Keirs Park and it was a tough game.

“We had so much of the ball but they funnelled back and made life difficult for us.”

Looking at losing Calum Adamson he added: “Berwick came in with an offer for Calum a few weeks ago but it was well below our valuation, however, they came back last weekend and the lad was keen to try league football so we could not stand in his way.”

Lothian Thistle 3,

Crossgates Primrose 1.

THIS was a disappointing result for Crossgates who could have really strengthened their case to finish in the top five of Conference B by winning at Saughton Enclosure.

The opening stages were very tight with not many clear openings but Thistle were posing problems and in 27 minutes they managed to go ahead when a good pass caught out Primrose.

Eight minutes later a foul in the Crossgates box saw Lothian get a penalty but visiting ‘keeper Henderson came to the rescue with a fine save from the spot-kick and at the break they were still in the game.

Primrose had to start the second period well and had a couple of decent chances but on the hour the visiting defence was caught out and Thistle grabbed number two.

However, in 65 minutes Mark Forbes pulled one back for Crossgates following a set piece, and with five minutes to go Primrose were awarded a penalty but it was missed and a goal with seconds to go tied up the win for Lothian.

Primrose are still third but they need to win another five games to ensure a top five finish.

Lochore Welfare 3,

Kirkcaldy YM 2.

A HARD earned win for Lochore which keeps them in with a strong chance to make the knock-out stages of the Thorntons Property East League Cup.

Welfare started the game well and created some early chances but YM kept them out until the eighth minute when Adam Doig fired home a great shot.

However, Kirkcaldy came back strongly and they equalised in 21 minutes, but Lochore stayed the better side and they went ahead in 38 minutes with a typical Joe Kinninmonth finish.

That was it at the break but YM are a much improved side this season and they equalised two minutes into the second period.

Lochore had to pick themselves up again and they did it almost immediately with a fine goal from Sean Johnstone.

Kirkcaldy kept working hard and Lochore had to defend well and that they did and some great work ensured win that puts them on the verge of qualifying for the knock-out stages.

Welfare boss James Adam felt it was a hard working performance: “It was more a case of grinding out the result than playing well in testing conditions.

“However, we are getting close to what we want, making the next stage”

Lochgelly Albert 1,

Livingston United 2.

THE Berts were really unlucky not to take something from this South Division game.

The home side had three debutants in their line-up in the shape of centre back Craig McGuinness, midfielder Jake Wood and wide player Euan Robertson, and they made a bright start.

A couple of early corners came to nothing but in 12 minutes Wood and Robertson worked a good move and Ricky Cooper got the break of the ball when a defender challenged Robertson, and he curled a 20 yarder into the bottom corner.

Lochgelly were in charge and Livingston struggled to pose a threat although they came close following a corner.

Robertson went through from a Wood pass in 20 minutes and the goalkeeper pulled off a fine save from his shot then Cooper’s cross-cum-shot went just wide.

Declan Boyle was unlucky to pull his shot from a good position wide but after seeing very little of the ball it was Livingston who got level in 35 minutes after a good break up field by them.

The second period saw less clear openings for the Berts but there were a couple of half chances, but then an injury to Cooper saw him have to go off and it lessened their firepower.

Then with 20 minutes to go a long ball was not properly dealt with and Livi burst through to grab what turned out to be the winner.

So Albert stay one point adrift at the foot of the table but there was plenty to give manager Andy Healy hope for the future: “We started the game really well and we could have been three clear by the half hour.

“To go in level at the break was a little disappointing but the second-half was a lot tighter although the winner came from some indifferent defending at a long ball. However, Livingston have been having a good season and we posed them lots of problems which is encouraging.

“The aim is to get away from the foot of the table and I hope to add to the three new players we had in the side on Saturday.

Saturday’s fixtures, Lowland League, Dalbeattie Star v Kelty Hearts (3pm). East of Scotland League Conference A, Hill of Beath Hawthorn v Newtongrange Star (2.30). East of Scotland League Conference B, Crossgates Primrose v Dalkeith Thistle (2.30), Dundonald Bluebell v Tynecastle (2.30).

South Division, Bathgate Thistle v Lochgelly Albert, Lochore Welfare v Stoneyburn (both games 2pm).