Home Park, Coldstream
East of Scotland Qualifying League
|Winner(s): No winners|
|£560 carried forward|
|Streamers lose to the odd goal in three at The Pennypit |
Result: Preston Athletic 2 : 1 Coldstream // Pre Season Friendly
The Streamers squad headed to The Pennypit, Prestonpans for their final friendly match of the pre season against Lowland League opposition in the form of Preston Athletic.
On a park that looked like it had not seen a grass cutter for a while, both sides struggled with the ball holding up more often than not.
With just a minute on the clock, Jack Hay latched onto a stray back pass, but after finding himself one on one with the home keeper, he lacked any composure, blasting his effort wide of the post. Good work from Jonny Simpson moments later then gave him a chance to nod goalwards, but as he stretched for the ball he could not divert it on target.
Preston then came into the game and some neat, intricate play saw them get closer and closer to the Streamers goal. Two clear cut chances fell for them, but Mark Walters was quick off his line on both occasions to significantly narrow the angle and keep the team in red at bay.
With the tireless Sean Simpson putting fires out all over the pitch, he was being complimented by the vision of Conor Devaney, whose through balls were proving fruitful. A flick on from John Crawford set J. Hay away again, who laid off to J. Simpson, his shot going wide of the target.
The second half continued on from the first with both sets of players providing a superbly entertaining game for the onlooking crowd. Crawford went close with a volley and a header and Davey Bingham's Athletic also went close, Greg Hay clearing off the goal line after their forward had rounded Walters for a tap in.
Preston centre half Brian Foster entered the fray midway through the half and his introduction proved pivotel, setting up two goals despite not actually touching the ball. The former Penicuik, Tynecastle & Coldstream (a couple of appearances several seasons ago) caused havoc, drawing players out of position to allow more space for his strike partner, who was fouled in the area by Allan on a set piece. Paul Devlin duly stepped up to send Walters the wring way. Moments later and it was two. An attack down the right resulting in a cross being met six yards out by the Preston striker to double the lead.
To their credit, the Streamers persisted with their passing play which was working well despite the bad ten minute spell they had endured. They got their reward with literally the last kick of the game, J. Simpson racing onto a Sean Simpson through ball to smash home through the Preston keeper's legs.
A good workout against a Lowland League side ahead of the season kick off on Saturday at Home to Kelso United in the East of Scotland Qualifying League.
Coldstream: Walters, G. Hay, Allan, Ainslie, Birkett, Devaney, S. Simpson, Jackson, J. Simpson, J. Hay, Crawford (C). SUBS - Baxendale, Wales, Johnson, Powling.
Pictured right - Jonny Simpson netted with the last kick of the game in Prestonpans.
|Streamers lose two goal lead at Gordon |
Result: Gordon 2 : 2 Coldstream // Pre Season Friendly
Coldstream made the trip to Border Amateur 'A' Division side Gordon with July temperatures soaring above thirty degrees in the Scottish Borders. On a rock solid & unforgiving park, the Streamers tried to get their passing game going, but this proved very difficult with the bounce of the ball impossible to read at times for both sides.
Missing goalkeeper Mark Walters and outfield players Kieran Ainslie, Jonny Simpson, Josh Hebdon, Gary Wales & Regan Graham, the men in blue started out in a 4-3-3 formation with the emphasis clearly on attack.
Skipper John Crawford opened the scoring with a sublime finish before Conor Devaney added a second, opting to send his free kick around the wall rather than over it - wrong footing the home keeper as a result.
Disappointingly, Coldstream took their foot off the gas in the second half and conceded two very soft goals - something Manager Neil Oliver will be looking to rectify before the season kicks off against Kelso United.
First Gavin Brown strolled through a host of blue shirts to fire low past Dean Powling before former Scotland Rugby international Kevin Utterson grabbed the leveller with twenty minutes to play. Jack Hay thought he had won it for the visitors late on, but the ball was somehow kept out by the Gordon rearguard.
A good workout and exercise for both clubs.
Many thanks to Craig Livingstone and his Gordon side for hosting us, we wish them all the very best for the season ahead.
Coldstream: Powling, Jackson, G. Hay, Baxendale, Allan, Devaney, Douglas, S. Simpson, Lauder, J. Hay, Crawford (C). SUBS - Carruthers.
Pictured right - Conor Devaney's free kick doubled Coldstream's lead at Stewart Park.
|New gates compliment upgraded surroundings at Home Park |
Last week saw a new set of gates fitted to the exisitng pillars at the entrance to Home Park. The idea was to match the original look which we now believe has been achieved after a lot of hard work.
With the majority of the planned upgrades now in place the entrance compliments them all giving the whole place a more professional look.
The tannoy system still needs to be installed as well as Wi-Fi for visitors on a match day. This should allow us to tweet updates during matches, which in the past has been impossible due to the poor phone signal in the Coldstream area.
Pictured right - The new entrance to Home Park.
|Pre season training continues... |
The squad trained last Thursday following the midweek trip to Whitley Bay Reserves and they are already looking fit and raring to go ahead of the new campaign.
Stevie Roughead took the session in Manager Neil Oliver's absence and after some running drills they then went on to do various ball related exercises in the sunshine.
New lads Jack Hay, Greg Hay, Ben Jackson, Jordan Lauder & Regan Graham have all settled in fantastically well and there is already more than enough 'banter' flying about between them and the old guard - with Jack Hay proving to be the new dressing room comic!
With a game at Lowland League outfit Preston Athletic this coming Tuesday, the Streamers will have one last session to go over things before the visit of Kelso United in the East of Scotland Qualifying League. They then face a daunting midweek trip to Stirling University in the same competition just four days later.
Pictured right - John Crawford, Jack Hay & Gary Wales take a break during Stevie Roughead's recent training session.
|New stand installed at Home Park |
With just a week to go until the season kicks off, our stand is finally in place and it is looking absolutely fantastic!
The structure has been installed alongside the Pivvy and can house up to one hundred supporters. We expect it to be regularly used during the glorious winter climates that we enjoy here in the Scottish Borders!
The new area will create a great atmosphere at Home Park, but opposition corner takers will no doubt have a different view on this!
We kick off this coming Saturday at home to Kelso United in the East of Scotland Qualifying League.
Pictured right - The new stand is now in place at Home Park.