A LAST-MINUTE Blair Atkinson goal completed an amazing comeback for Spartans to sink Stirling University at Ainslie Park.

The Students had raced into a two-goal lead through Craig Brown and Chris Geddes.

But strikes from Michael Bolochoweckyi and Jack Smith in the final half hour, before Atkinson’s winner, gave the home side the 3-2 victory.

Spartans manager Dougie Samuel said: “I never felt we were out of the game at 2-0 and we kept believing.

“It shows a lot of character to come back the way we did.”

Despite conceding two goals in the last three minutes Kelty Hearts remain six points clear.

Scott Linton’s hat-trick from the penalty spot was enough for Barry Ferguson’s side to beat Civil Service Strollers 3-2 at Christie Gillies Park.

Josh Morris and Jordan Fairley netted the late consolations for Strollers.

Second-placed Bonnyrigg Rose required a late Curtis Wilson own-goal to edge a 1-0 victory over 10-man Dalbeattie Star.

Iain Anderson had been red-carded earlier for the hosts at Iselcroft Stadium.

East Stirlingshire boss Derek Ure is refusing to throw in the towel despite trailing by 11 points in third.

Jordan Tapping, Andy Rodgers and Bobby Barr all scored in Shire’s 3-0 win over lowly Vale of Leithen at Victoria Park.

Manager Ure said: “We’ll not stop chasing until it’s mathematically impossible for us to still win the league.

“Playing on a grass park in the middle of winter was always going to be tricky today but we created plenty of chances and got the win we deserved.”

A Patrick Baird second-half strike moves Edinburgh University off the bottom with a 1-0 win over Cumbernauld Colts.

Gretna remain in trouble after crashing to a 4-1 defeat at Gala Fairydean Rovers.

Despite Daniel Smailes giving the visitors an early lead, Gala fired back with a Zander Murray brace and strikes from both Levi Kinchant and Marc Berry.

BSC Glasgow also recorded a 4-1 win over Caledonian Braves.

Thomas Collins netted twice with Martin Grehan and Declan Hughes also getting on the scoresheet.