Home Park, Coldstream
East of Scotland Premier Division
|1.||Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale|
|3.||Easthouses Lily MW|
|4.||Civil Service Strollers|
|Winner(s): No winners|
|£745 carried forward|
|City slickers put Streamers to the sword |
Result: Result: Coldstream 0 : 4 Edinburgh City // Image Printers EoS Qualifying Cup 2nd round
Coldstream bowed out of the Image Printers East of Scotland Qualifying Cup on a muddy Home Park pitch after being overrun by the Lowland League leaders in the second half.
But manager Stevie Gibbard, missing the key trio of Kieran Ainslie, Josh Hebdon and Jonny Simpson, was proud of the effort and commitment of his team against such formidable opponents.
Coldstream set up with with a plan to be compact and make life difficult for the high-flying visitors, who are unbeaten at the top of the Lowland League.
Edinburgh City dominated possession, but Coldstream defended well for the most part and goalkeeper Mark Walters pulled off a superb save to deny Ross Allum when called upon.
The fluke opening goal came after 16 minutes when a City corner hit Coldstream striker John Crawford on the knee eight yards out and crept in off the post for an own goal
Although the Streamers rarely threatened in attack, Gibbard was satisfied with the first-half display after restricting City to very few clear-cut chances.
City inor'easter the tempo early in the second half, however, and doubled their lead in 51 minutes. A clumsy sliding tackle by Michael Allan on Ross Allum left the referee with no option but to award a penalty. Dougie Gair scored from the spot.
The goal lifted City, who then went for the jugular. Coldstream survived for a while thanks to Allan's brave defensive blocks, good goalkeeping and poor finishing.
When the home side did mount the odd attack at the other end in a hopeful attempt to fight back, it left City with even more space to exploit.
As the Streamers tired from chasing on a heavy pitch, City made their domination count by adding two further goals.
Mark Osborne blasted the third into the roof of the net after good play by Allum and former Levski Sofia forward Ortega Deniran in 68 minutes.
John Dunn grabbed the fourth in the last minute to round off a well-deserved win for the visitors.
Coldstream: Walters, Johnson, Graham, Allan, Dixon, Tweddle (R McLeod 75), Heugh, Neill, Crawford (Oliver 66), O'Neil, Strangeways (Rutherford 81). Subs not used: Clowes, Gibbard.
Pictured right: Michael Allan made some superb blocks in central defence.
|Too many Streamers missing class at Stirling University |
Result: Stirling University Res 6 : 0 Coldstream // EOS Premier Division
Manager Stevie Gibbard had to play himself at centre-back as a depleted Coldstream team suffered their biggest defeat of the season.
With no fewer than eight players missing due to suspension, injury and work commitments, the visitors were always going to be up against it.
Gibbard, 39, is a former striker. But with both regular centre-backs missing and other options also unavailable he had to play at the heart of defence in front of teenage second-choice goalkeeper Jordan Clowes.
Stirling scored in the first minute and raced into a three-goal lead before half time.
Coldstream improved in the second half, Luke Strangeways, Kris O’Neil and John Crawford all having going close.
But Stirling scored a fourth and then closed the game out with two goals in the closing minutes.
The result means the Streamers remain bottom of the East of Scotland Premier Division and trail third-bottom Stirling by seven points.
Gibbard said: “I take the blame for the first three goals. But I can’t fault the guys for effort in difficult circumstances. They showed character to fight back in the second half and the two goals right at the end made the scoreline look worse than it was.
“We should have almost everyone back for this week. It is just one of these things.
“There are still plenty of points to play for. When we have everyone back I think we have enough quality to start picking up points.”
Coldstream: Clowes, R McLeod, Graham, Gibbard (Oliver 45), Dixon, Rutherford (Cornish 78), Heugh, Hebdon, Crawford, O’Neil, Strangeways.
Pictured right - Coldstream Manager Stevie Gibbard.
|Ashington Colliers to visit Home Park this Saturday in friendly |
Saturday sees us entertain Northern Alliance Premier Division outfit Ashington Colliers at Home Park (2pm ko).
The Newcastle based side are the Reserve side of the Ashington side in the Northern League and will offer a tough test to Stevie Gibbard's men, competing in a league which is considered by many to be the equivalent of the East of Scotland Premier Division South of the Border in terms of standard.
Results against opposition from this league have not gone well in recent times. Friendlies at Blyth Town and Whitley Bay 'A' (twice) have all ended in defeats, so we will be looking to get a win on the board this weekend.
Pictured right - Ashington Colliers will offer a tough test.
|Coldstream finish 2014 at the foot of the Premier Division |
Result: Coldstream 1 : 1 Craigroyston // East of Scotland Premier Division
Coldstream remain two points adrift at the bottom of the East of Scotland Premier Division after second-bottom Craigrosyton came from behind to grab a point.
The Streamers led 1-0 at half time thanks to Jamie Dixon’s left-foot strike on 32 minutes.
But Craig Anderson equalised for the visitors from the penalty spot on the hour after Josh Hebdon was adjudged to have brough down an opponent in the box.
Jake Rutherford missed a late chance to win it for the Streamers.
Coldstream: Walters, Johnson, Tweddle, Allan, Ainslie, Dixon, Neill, Hebdon, Crawford (C), O’Neil, Oliver. SUBS - Rutherford, Strangeways, Heugh, Powling, Clowes.
Pictured right - Craig Anderson grabbed an equaliser for the visitors.
|Crawford hat-trick not enough as Champions leave with points |
Result: Coldstream 3 : 5 Lothian Thistle HV // EOS Premier Division
John Crawford’s hat-trick was too little, too late as Coldstream crashed to defeat after being totally outplayed in the first half by the East of Scotland champions.
The visitors were 4-1 up at the break after dominating the first half, killing off the game as a contest in the process.
Coldstream will take some heart from an improved second-half performance, but with the points already safe the visitors had the luxury of being able to take their foot off the gas.
The Streamers remain bottom of the Premier Division and are facing a battle for survival in the top flight.
They will certainly need to play better than they did in this game if they are going to escape.
Lothian were in cruise control in the first half, dominating possession and territory.
Their opening goal after 13 minutes came from a surging run up the left flank from Kevin Keane. His cut-back was expertly finished by Willis Hare, who had time to pick his spot from close range.
Three minutes later, Kavin Twaddle’s men doubled their lead when Louis Swanson swerved a 25-yard free-kick over the wall and into the corner. Coldstream goalkeeper Mark Walters was helpless.
The third came after 33 minutes from a corner which resulted in a header smacking off the Coldstream crossbar. John Williams reacted first to head the rebound into the net.
Crawford pulled one back for Streamers with a superb finish out of the blue, but it was only a temporary reprieve for Steve Gibbard’s men.
When Michael Allan was penalised for a rash challenge in the box, Lothian converted the penalty to take a 4-1 lead just before half time.
With little more than pride at stake after the interval, Coldstream ccould at least take heart from an improved second-half performance.
Crawford fired an unstoppable into the roof of the net from 20 yards after neat play by Kris O’Neil to pull one back, but Lothian went up the other end to make it 5-2.
As Lothian eased off, Crawford was in the right place at the right time again to complete his hat-trick.
Coldstream: Walters, Powling, Cornish, Allan, Ainslie, Dickson, Rutherford, Hebdon, Crawford (C), Oliver, J. Simpson. SUBS - R. McLeod, Graham, O'Neil, Gibbard, Clowes.
Pictured right - John Crawford netted a hat-trick.