Civil Service Sportsground, Edinburgh
East of Scotland Premier Division
Leith Athletic 1
|Winner(s): No winners|
|£295 carried forward|
|Zarrelli arrives as Gibbard begins recruitment process |
Italian Alessandro Zarrelli & former U19's striker Fraser MacKinnon have bolstered new Manager Stevie Gibbard's squad and the Geordie isn't stopping there with several targets expected through the door in the coming weeks.
Zarelli will add some flair to the middle of the park having joined from Kent based club Sheppey United with MacKinnon commuting from Edinburgh after some time away from the senior game recently. The latter has had an immediate impact, coming off the bench to setup Kris O'Neil's winner on Saturday against table topping Leith Athletic.
The departures of Gary Wales & Jordan Lauder to neighbours Duns means that the Streamers boss is working with a small squad at present, but the mood in the camp is good with the new boss creating a buzz in the Home Park dressing room, something that has been missing for quite sometime.
His side travel to Civil Service Strollers next for another tough East of Scotland Premier Division encounter.
Pictured right - Italian Alessandro Zarrelli.
|Gibbard gets off to a flyer to end Leith's unbeaten run |
Result: Coldstream 2 : 1 Leith Athletic // East of Scotland Premier Division
Stephen’s Gibbard reign got off a perfect start as Coldstream knocked high-flying Leith Athletic out of the South Region Challenge Cup in his first game in charge.
Sean Simpson and Kris O’Neil were on target at Home Park to topple the best team in the East of Scotland League on a day when two new signings were also introduced to the squad.
Premier Division leaders Leith went into the match with a record of 11 wins and one draw from their first 12 games of the season, but the run came to end after coming up against a team inspired by their new boss.
There were only two changes to the starting XI who drew at Spartans Reserves the previous week, but striker Fraser MacKinnon and midfielder Alessandro Zarrelli, who both signed on Friday, were also added the bench.
Leith had more of the ball in the first half, but they found it difficult to penetrate Coldstream’s two banks of four in windy conditions.
The Streamers kept their shape well and made it difficult for Leith to play the fluent football that has earned them so much success this season.
In a game of few chances, Coldstream took the lead from a corner. The delivery into the box was overhit, but Kieran Ainslie managed to hook it back into the danger area for Simpson to bundle over the line from two yards.
Leith’s equaliser also came from a corner. It arrived early in the second half, poor marking allowing the visitors to pounce on a loose ball and shoot low into the corner. Goalkeeper Mark Walters got a hand on it, but couldn’t keep it out.
The goal gave Leith a lift, but Gibbard’s men withstood the pressure and picked their moments to hit on the break.
New signing Fraser MacKinnon came on for the injured Craig Heugh on the left of midfield and he was the architect of the winning goal.
Surging up the inside left channel on the counter attack, he squared for O’Neil just inside the box and the former Hearts man showed composure to fire low into the corner.
Leith had a succession of corners and threw an extra man forward, but the defence stood firm to end the Edinburgh side’s unbeaten run.
“Leith have proved that they are a quality side,” said Coldstream assistant manager Phil Johnson. “To beat a team of their stature is a fantastic result. With a new manager and new players arriving too, we need to make sure we use this as a springboard for the rest of the season.”
Coldstream: Walters, Powling, Johnson, Allan, Ainslie, S Simpson, Rutherford, Hebdon, Crawford, O’Neil, Heugh. SUBS - MacKinnon, Zarrelli, Gibbard.
Pictured right - Stevie Gibbard is off to the perfect start as Manager.
|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.