Lothian Thistle HV
Home Park, Coldstream
East of Scotland Premier Division
|Winner(s): No winners|
|£475 carried forward|
|Streamers share the points despite Crawford's personal goal haul |
Result: Easthouses Lily 5 : 5 Coldstream // EOS Premier Division
Coldstream dropped to the bottom of the East of Scotland Premier Division after squandering a three-goal lead away to second-top Easthouses Lily.
In an extraordinary match at Newbattle, the visitors led 4-1 at half time and were 5-3 ahead in the second half.
Easthouses missed chances to grab a winner after pulling it back to 5-5, and the Streamers nearly snatched three points when Craig Heugh’s shot from close range was well saved in the last minute.
Streamers skipper John Crawford scored four and teenage striker James Oliver also scored his first for the club in a superb display from the front two.
Coldstream assistant manager Phil Johnson, taking the team in the absence of Stevie Gibbard, said: “I’ve not seen a game like that in a long time. Every time there was an attack at either end it looked like there was a goal coming.”
Asked if it was a point gained or two points dropped, he replied: “A bit of both. I’ve got mixed feelings. Given our position in the table and the number of players we had missing, a point at Easthouses is a decent result.
“But it is obviously very disappointing not to win the match from 4-1 up at half time. Our attacking play on the counter attack in the first half was fantastic, but we did look vulnerable.
“Easthouses were always dangerous, especially from set pieces. They whipped a lot of good balls into the box.
“When they pulled one back straight after half time our heads dropped and they got a big lift. We need to be mentally stronger as a team. But there was plenty of effort and commitment.”
Easthouses took the lead after only five minutes, but every time Coldstream broke they looked like scoring.
Crawford equalised when Jamie Dixon crossed from the right, a defender’s slip allowing the captain to control before slotting into the corner from 10 yards.
His second came from Oliver’s left-wing cross, Crawford controlling before rifling a shot against the post. The ball rebounded off the goalkeeper and into the net, but Crawford was awarded the goal.
Oliver lobbed home the third, collecting Crawford’s head flick to produce a sublime chip over the goalkeeper from 25 yards.
Crawford’s third came when he connected sweetly with Josh Hebdon’s low cross from the left to find the top corner with a left-foot shot from 12 yards.
Easthouses came roaring back by pulling two goals back straight after half time.
When Heugh was upended in the box, Crawford converted the penalty to make it 5-3 to Coldstream, but Easthouses responded again by piling on the pressure and grabbing a point.
Coldstream: Clowes, Rutherford, Powling, Allan, Ainslie, Dixon, J Simpson, Hebdon, Crawford, Oliver, Heugh. Subs - Johnson, O’Neil, R. McLeod.
Pictured right - Depsite John Crawford's four goal haul, the Streamers only gained a point at Easthouses Lily on Saturday.
|Cruel end to thrilling cup tie for Gibbard's Coldstream |
Result: Coldstream 2 : 3 Civil Service Strollers // Challenge Cup 2nd Round
Josh Hebdon was sent off as Coldstream were knocked out of the SFA South Region Challenge Cup with the last kick of the game.
Civil Service Strollers scored the winner deep into injury time, leaving the referee with time only to restart from the centre circle before blowing the final whistle.
It was a cruel end to the game for the Streamers, who trailed 1-0 at half time after being outplayed in the first half.
But Stevie Gibbard's men were a team transformed after the interval. John Crawford equalised after collecting a flick on from Jamie Dixon inside the box and shooting low into the corner.
Josh Hebdon was then shown two yellow cards in quick succession for sliding tackles, leaving the Streamers down to 10 men for the last 20 minutes.
But the ten men went ahead when Regan Graham's corner was met by Crawford six yards out. The captain's powerful header crashed off the underside of the bar before bouncing up and hitting the bar again. James Oliver poked it into the net to make sure, but Crawford was credited with the goal.
The lead lasted only two minutes. Strollers broke down the left and with the home defence struggling to get back the drilled cross was volleyed home by former Coldstream player James Guy at the back post from six yards.
Strollers piled on the pressure for the last 10 minutes and got their reward with the last kick when clever trickery produced the winner for the visitors.
Coldstream: Clawes, Rutherford, Powling, Johnson (Graham 61), Ainslie, Dixon, J. Simpson, Hebdon, Crawford, Oliver, Heugh. Subs not used: Gibbard.
Pictured right - Depsite the defeat, the side are improving under Manager Stevie Gibbard.
|Streamers bring in new goalkeeper on loan |
Coldstream Amateurs goalkeeper Jordan Clawes has joined Coldstream on a short-term loan and is in line to make his debut against Civil Service Strollers this weekend.
The 18-year-old joined Coldstream Amateurs in the summer and has impressed in training.
Clawes has been brought in to deputise for first-choice goalkeeper Mark Walters, who will be suspended on Saturday after being sent off against Leith Athletic last weekend.
Coldstream assistant manager Phil Johnson said: "Jordan is a young lad with a bright future ahead of him. It will be a good experience for him on Saturday. He is a confident lad and he is looking forward to it. I'm sure he will do well.
"I'd like to thank Coldstream Amateurs manager Brian Stuart for his cooperation and help by agreeing to let Jordan play for us."
|Coldstream complete triple signing |
Coldstream manager Stevie Gibbard has bolstered his squad by signing three new players this week.
Phil Tweddle, James Oliver and Daniel Cornish all join from Gibbard's former club, Stobswood Welfare.
The club are awaiting international clearance for the trio to become eligible to play.
Cornish, a left-back or left midfielder, rejoins the club for a second spell having previously played under former manager Andrew Gibson.
He previously played for Berwick Rangers Reserves and Berwick United and then had a brief spell at Duns after leaving Coldstream.
Tweddle can play in defence or midfield, while Oliver is a 17-year-old striker with big potential.
Gibbard said: "Phil can play in the back and in midfield and just loves a tackle, while James Oliver is a young 17 year old centre forward who has been training with the club and we have decided that it is his next step up and will contribute massively with the help of the experienced John Crawford."
Gibbard has already signed striker Fraser Mackinnon and midfidler Jamie Dixon since being appointed manager last month.
|League leaders take full advantage of Walters dismissal |
Result: Coldstream 1 : 6 Leith Athletic // East of Scotland Premier Division
Just when it looked like Leith were running out of ideas, a red card shown to Coldstream goalkeeper Mark Walters turned this game completely on its head.
Stevie Gibbard’s side were in the driving seat when the pivotal moment of the match arrived in the 65th minute. With striker Sean Simpson forced to go in goal, the Streamers then conceded six goals in the last 25 minutes.
Leading 1-0 thanks to a first-half strike from captain John Crawford, the men in blue were compact and relatively comfortable, even though their opponents had more of the ball.
With half an hour left, Coldstream supporters were beginning to think that their team were about to do an unlikely double over the runaway East of Scotland League Premier Division leaders.
Two weeks after knocking Leith out of the South Challenge Cup at Home Park in Gibbard’s first game in charge – becoming the first team to beat them all season – here were Coldstream threatening to do it again.
They went ahead when Jonny Simpson’s square pass found Crawford in space and his effort from 20 yards deflected off the legs of a Leith defender and beat Iain Gordon.
But 20 minutes into the second half, it all changed. Leith’s Gary Black picked up the ball wide and played it inside to Euan Campbell.
Walters charged out to meet his clip into the box, but Kenny Hall just got to the ball first before being brought down by the Coldstream goalkeeper.
The home bench could have little complaint about the award of the penalty, but they were furious about the red card.
Simpson took over in goal and brilliantly turned Lauder’s penalty onto the crossbar. But Chris Beaton was first to react and struck home from just eight yards to equalise.
Leith made the extra man count, taking the lead in the 70th minute when Lewis Martin’s tame effort somehow found its way into the net. It was 3-1 five minutes later when Jamie Lauder curled home a free-kick.
Keith Murray scored the first of his quick-fire double in the 77th minute to signal a collapse. Stephen Baigan completed the rout in injury time.
Coldstream: Walters , Powling, Rutherford, Allan, Ainslie, Dixon, J Simpson, Hebdon, Crawford (C), S Simpson, Heugh. SUBS - Graham, Gibbard, MacKinnon.
Pictured right - Josh Hebdon in action against league leaders Leith Athletic on Saturday (courtesy of Tweeddale Press).