Home Park, Coldstream
East of Scotland Premier Division
Lothian Thistle HV 5
|Winner(s): No winners|
|£505 carried forward|
|Edinburgh City cup tie rescheduled for January 3 |
Our home tie against Lowland League leaders Edinburgh City in the second round of the Image Printers East of Scotland Qualifying Cup has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 3. Kick-off is 1:30pm.
The original fixture was postponed on Saturday due to a frozen pitch.
The winners travel to Spartans in the quarter-final on Wednesday, January 14.
|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.
|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."