Darren Ramsay struck twice and produced a man-of-the match performance as East Kilbride maintained their 7 point lead at the top of the Lowland League with a convincing six-goal win over Vale of Leithen at K-Park.

Craig Malcolm also netted a double, with Ross McNeil and captain Barry Russell completed the scoring, as Kilby appear to be hitting peak form just in time for the league title run-in.

It took the home side just three minutes to go ahead, when Malcolm got on the end of an Adam Strachan cross and it was 1-0.In no mood to let up, the lead was doubled just twelve minutes later, when Malcom and McNeil combined to find Ramsay, who showed great composure to slide past the visiting keeper to claim his first EK goal.And the midfielder underlined a classy display on the half hour, again cutting in from the right and his left foot hot found the top corner.EK were determined to boost their goal difference, with the points now assured, and Malcom helped himself to his second goal five minutes before half-time, after a finely worked short corner between Strachan and Gibbons saw the former pick out Malcolm who bulletted home a header from 6-yards to make it 4-0 at the break.The second half continued with EK enjoying most of the possession, and the fifth goal duly arrived on the hour, when a Ramsay cross found McNeil. who controlled well before despatching the ball low into the corner.Adam Strachan was denied what appeared a clear penalty in the 64th minute, when a corner kick was awarded after the winger was kicked from behind, and justice was done from the resulting set-play, when Barry Russell powered home a back-post header from a Strachan delivery.Substitutes Bryan Prunty, Liam Craig and Tony Wallace were all introduced shortly after, all coming close, but there were to be no more goals, and full time arrived with Billy Stark's men adding three points and six goal to their Lowland League tally.

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