CIVIL Service Strollers ended their worst run of the season by holding title-challengers Bonnyrigg Rose to a draw.

Craig Newall had fired Strollers in front on the half hour at New Dundas Park.

But substitute Jonny Brown’s close-range shot salvaged a point for the home team with quarter-of-an-hour remaining.

Having conceded 11 goals in their past two matches, the draw pleased Strollers boss Gary Jardine.

He said: “Bonnyrigg are not challenging at the top of the table for no reason.

“We had to work really hard today but that was a lot more like the team I know and, while it was disappointing to give up the lead, I’m pleased that we got something from the game.”

The draw leaves Bonnyrigg five points adrift of leaders Kelty Hearts with six matches remaining.

There was anger at Victoria Park as the relegation battle between the bottom two sides, Vale of Leithen and Dalbeattie Star, was called off just 45 minutes ahead of kick off.

Despite both teams wanting the game to go ahead referee Michael Addy deemed the pitch unplayable.

Vale chairman Stuart Robertson said: “We’ve had two games on the park this year and both times it was a lot softer than it is today.

“Both Dalbeattie and ourselves are angry about the decision.”

In the South Challenge Cup Ruari Paton netted a hat-trick as East Kilbride beat East of Scotland side Camelon 5-0 at K Park.

Paul Woods and Dominic McLaughlin were also on target for Kilby.

But Caledonian Braves tumbled out of the Cup following a shock home defeat against Dunipace.

Liam Craig netted for the East of Scotland side in the first half.

On Friday night, BSC Glasgow saw off Kelty Hearts on penalties to progress to the next round.