SFA South Region Challenge Cup - 1st Round
|Winner(s): No winners|
|£295 carried forward|
|Conor Devaney made available for transfer |
Midfielder Conor Devaney has been made available for transfer at his own request.
The former Aberdeen, Duns and Broxburn Athletic player was signed on professional forms by former manager Neil Oliver in February and helped Coldstream avoid relegation from the East of Scotland Premier Division last season.
Devaney asked to be released 24 hours after Oliver's decision to resign last week.
The club have considered his request and decided to place him on the transfer list.
A club spokesperson explained: "We don't want to lose a player of Conor's ability, particularly when we have a number of injuries.
"But Conor has told us that he would like to take a break from football and then look for a new challenge.
"It is with reluctance that we have agreed to make him available for transfer."
Interested clubs should contact club chairman Steve Wright on 07889570809.
Pictured right - Conor Devaney has been placed on the transfer list.
|BREAKING NEWS: Stevie Gibbard appointed Coldstream Manager |
Former player Stevie Gibbard has been appointed as our new Manager.
The former Coldstream striker from Widdrington in Northumberland accepted the job following a meeting with the committee last night.
He resigned as manager of Tyneside Amatuer League side Stobswood Welfare earlier this month. He has vast experience during his playing days in the Northern League and has managed at that level too with Alnwick Town. He has also previously managed Amble in the Northern Alliance.
Assistant manager Phil Johnson, who ruled himself out due to work and family commitments, will remain in place alongside coaches Stephen Roughead and Jim Taylor.
Coldstream chairman Steve Wright said: “We’d like to welcome Steve back to Coldstream. By keeping the rest of the coaching staff in place we have some stability with which to move forward together and make a success of the rest of the season.”
Gibbard’s appointment follows the resignation of Neil Oliver last week.
Pictured right - Stevie Gibbard has been installed as Manager at Home Park.
|Depleted Streamers show character to earn a point |
Result: Spartans EoS 1 : 1 Coldstream // EOS Premier Division
Three days after the resignation of Neil Oliver as manager, a threadbare Coldstream team showed "great character and commitment" to pick up a valuable point away to Spartans Reserves at Ainslie Park.
With caretaker manager Phil Johnson listed as the only substitute and several players carrying knocks, the Streamers were down to the bare bones. But they dug deep as a team to come from behind after being on the back foot for most of the first half.
Spartans were 1-0 up at half time, but John Crawford equalised from close range on the hour and then hit the post as Coldstream applied late pressure in an attempt to snatch an unlikely winner.
Johnson said: "The lads showed great character and commitment. I'm proud of them. It is a difficult place to come at the best of times, but particularly when you've lost your manager and there are so many players missing.
"Some of the lads were carrying knocks and others were not fully fit, so to come from a goal down and get a point was a very good result."
Dean Powling returned to the starting line-up at right-back, while midfielder Regan Graham was asked to fill in at left-back.
Sean Simpson returned in the centre of midfield in his first appearance in over a month due to an ankle injury, while Craig Heugh was handed his first start in over a year following his recent recovery from a broken collar bone.
In attack, Stuart Coyle started despite a tight hamstring and John Crawford was carrying a back strain. But with a long injury list already, there were no other options for Johnson, who had to list himself on the bench as an emergency substitute.
Spartans dominated territory and possession in the first half, but Coldstream kept a good shape and defended well.
The home side were restricted to long-range shots from outside the box and crosses which, for the most part, were dealt with comfortably by goalkeeper Mark Walters and outstanding centre-backs Kieran Ainslie and Michael Allan.
But just when it seemed as though Spartans were running out of ideas, they found an opening. It came on the half hour from a wicked cross whipped in from the right. Although Walters made a great save to stop the first header, Jamie Dishington pounced on the rebound to slot home from close range.
Spartans deserved their lead for monopolising possession. But the goal forced Coldstream to be more adventurous in an attempt to get something out of the game.
The Streamers made a positive start to the second half and grabbed an equaliser on the hour when a corner fell into the path of an unmarked Crawford at the back post and he made no mistake by firing into the net from four yards.
With Stuart Coyle's hamstring injury getting worse, he was immediately replaced by Johnson before play restarted.
Had their been another sub, Sean Simpson would have been next. But he moved up front instead so that he could battle on and see out the 90 minutes.
At the back, Ainslie and Allan remained solid and Walters pulled off a terrific save to keep the score at 1-1. But despite tiring, Coldstream pressed forward in the last 20 minutes, Heugh cutting in from the left to cause the home defence problems.
As the game stretched, Crawford headed against the post and Coldstream created other half chances. But Spartans also had more space to threaten too.
In the end, Coldstream were happy to take a point.
Coldstream: Walters, Powling, Graham, Allan, Ainslie, S Simpson, Rutherford, Hebdon, Crawford (C), Coyle (Johnson 61), Heugh. SUB - Johnson.
|Neil Oliver parts company with Coldstream |
Manager Neil Oliver has resigned after nearly ten months in charge at Home Park.
The former Duns boss took training at Home Park last night, but contacted chairman Steve Wright this morning to announce his decision to stand down.
Oliver said: “I’ve lost that drive to do well. The club have been excellent to me since I’ve been here and the players have applied themselves well.
“But when you lose that drive and motivation it is not fair on the club and the players to continue.
“I’d like to thank the club for the opportunity they have given me here and wish the club and the players all the best for the future.”
Coldstream chairman Steve Wright added: “We would like to thank Neil for all his efforts since he joined us last season.
“It is disappointing that things didn’t work out, but we wish Neil well for the future.
“We now need to concentrate on making the rest of the season a success."
Phil Johnson will take interim charge of the team, assisted by Stephen Roughead and Jimmy Taylor, for Saturday's match away to Spartans Reserves. The club committee will meet on Monday to discuss what happens next.
Coldstream are currently second bottom of the East of Scotland Premier Division after losing at home to bottom club Stirling University Reserves on Saturday.
Oliver, who lives in Berwick and played for Berwick Rangers, Blackburn Rovers and Falkirk during his playing career, took over in February following the resignation of Andrew Gibson and kept Coldstream in the Premier Division last season.
Pictured right - Neil Oliver.
|Students record first league win over lacklustre Streamers |
Result: Coldstream 0 : 2 Stirling University Reserves // EOS Premier Division
Coldstream’s momentum came to a halt as they became the first Premier Division team to drop points to Stirling University Reserves.
Two goals from man-of-the-match Elliot Sutcliffe gave the visitors a deserved win against a depleted Coldstream side missing a host of key players .
Neil Oliver’s men went into the game in reasonably good form having followed a solid performance in the Scottish Cup defeat to Edinburgh City with four league points from two away games in the capital.
But this was a fixture they would have expected to win given the poor start Stirling have made to the season. The Students went into the game with no points after six league games. They finished it still bottom, but just one point behind the Streamers.
To compound what was a miserable day for the Home Park club, injuries to two more key players mean the squad is being stretched to its limits.
Conor Devaney has been playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks, but the midfielder’s hernia took its toll shortly before half time and he had to be replaced. He needs an operation and is likely to be out for six weeks.
Striker Kris O’Neil called off on the morning of this match having sustained a metatarsal injury in midweek which will sideline him for a similar length of time.
They join defender Greg Hay and midfielder Ben Jackson on the long-term injury list. Jack Hay and Jonny Simpson were both suspended for this game and, for different reasons, won’t be available for another month.
Trialist Rudy McLeod was handed his debut at right-back, while midfielder Andy Douglas was drafted back in before he leaves to go travelling down under. New players are needed urgently.
Stirling may be short of confidence, but they had the edge over Coldstream in terms of fitness and sharpness.
Sutcliffe, a beanpole striker, caused the home side all sorts of problems with his superb link-up play. But his opening goal, a weak shot from the edge of the box which wrong-footed Coldstream goalkeeper Mark Walters, was a bad one to lose.
The home side created a couple of half-chances shortly before the interval. But Sutcliffe’s second goal, which came after Coldstream gave the ball away on the halfway line, wrapped up the points. His powerful strike flew into the top corner from 18 yards.
Coldstream: Walters, McLeod, Hebdon, Allan, Ainslie, Douglas, Rutherford, Devaney, Graham, Crawford (C), Coyle. SUBS - Heugh, Johnson.
Pictured right - Craig Heugh is back in a Coldstream shirt and made a second half appearance on Saturday following a long term shoulder injury.