A LAST-GASP Andy Rodgers header has kept East Stirlingshire in the title race.

Vale of Leithen’s Craig McBride had cancelled out Paul Sludden’s opener at Ochilview before the late goal gave the home team all three points.

Shire boss John Sludden was delighted with Rodgers’ 91st minute strike.

He said: “We had done everything but score in that second half and we knew anything other than a win would be the end of our chances.

“It was a great relief when Andy finally scored.”

East Kilbride continued to set the pace after first half strikes from Craig Malcolm, Ross McNeil and Sean Winter gave them a 3-0 win over Civil Service Strollers at Christie Gillies Park.

Spartans kept up the pressure at the top with a convincing 5-0 win over Cumbernauld Colts on Friday evening.

Blair Atkinson scored twice with Alan Brown, Guillermo Lamarca and Jamie Dishington adding the other goals at Ainslie Park.

Spartans are six points behind Kilby with three games in hand.

But BSC’s hopes of winning the league ended as they crashed to a 3-1 defeat against Gretna at the Indodrill Stadium.

Nathan Evans fired Edinburgh University away from bottom-two danger with an injury-time winner against Gala Fairydean Rovers.

The 1-0 victory takes Uni up to 11th in the table, but leaves Gala hovering just above the possible relegation places.

A Tommy Muir hat-trick helped Dalbeattie Star to edge away from the relegation fight.

Star's 4-2 win over Stirling University at Falkirk Stadium takes them five points clear of second-bottom Vale.

Sofianne Zeghdane scored in injury time for Edusport Academy to beat bottom side Hawick Royal Albert.

Thomas Garnier and Alex Abidie also netted for the visitors in the 3-2 victory.

Stuart Macfarlane and Ed Savickas had scored for Hawick, who had striker Danny McFadden red-carded midway through the second half.

Albert manager Craig Tully said: “These are the things that happen when you are bottom of the league.

“We had chances to win the game ourselves.”