Woodside Park, Kelso
King Cup 2nd round
Leith Athletic 5
|2.||Easthouses Lily MW|
|3.||Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale|
|4.||Civil Service Strollers|
|Winner(s): No winners|
|£915 carried forward|
Edinburgh Masonic Club, 1 Shrub Place Lane
|Sloppy Streamers punished for mistakes |
Result: Coldstream 0-5 Leith Athletic // East of Scotland Premier Division
Individual errors proved costly as Coldstream’s good run of results came top a shuddering halt against the East of Scotland Premier Division leaders at Home Park.
The home side were 4-0 down at half time and had defender Michael Allan and manager Stevie Gibbard sent off in the second half on a day to forget for the team propping up the table.
Goalkeeper Mark Walters did save a penalty in the second half, but the game was over by half time.
Coldstream went into this fixture on the back of a four-match unbeaten run, but were punished for making too many mistakes by the high-flying title chasers.
After an even ten minutes, Leith went in front when Lachlan Thom’s shot from the edge of the box was parried by Walters straight back into the patch of John Ferguson. He made no mistake.
Just six minutes later Axel Cassard conceded a penalty for tripping Kerr Allan in the corner of the box. Grant Burns sent Walters the wrong way from the spot, and the third came in the 20th minute when Coldstream failed to deal with a low, near-post corner. The ball bounced before hitting Arnaud Gauthier and looping over Walters into the net for an own goal.
On 29 minutes, Leith made it 4-0. Leith were first to react when a headed clearance from Allan dropped outside the box. Jamie Lauder collected and set up Lewis Tracey inside him. He drove towards goal and into the bottom corner.
Allan’s frustration boiled over early in the second half when he was sent off for throwing the ball at an opponent. Gibbard was then ordered to the stand for disputing another refereeing decision.
Leith went five up against the ten men with a well-worked goal in the 81st minute, Lauder finishing a neat move down the left.
When Cassard gave away another penalty for another trip the visitors should have made it six. But Walters pulled off a fine stop to deny Hainey.
The final whistle, when it came, was a relief for Coldstream.
Coldstream: Walters, Marc, Cassard, Ainslie (McLeod 75), Allan, Tweddle, Gauthier, Neill, Crawford (Graham 54), O’Neil (Rutherford 60). Subs not used: Oliver, Johnson
|Statement from Coldstream F.C. |
Following a meeting last night between the committee and Stephen Gibbard, the club can confirm that he remains first-team manager.
Stephen sent a message to the squad, coaching staff, chairman and committee members on Friday night stating that he was resigning.
He later apologised and admitted that he had made a mistake, partly due to personal reasons. The club has accepted Stephen's explanation and will continue to support him in his role as manager.
Chairman Steve Wright said: "Stephen made mistakes over the weekend and he has apologised for them. We now need to move on and concentrate on the business of finishing the season as strongly as we can."
|French signing grabs double as Streamers reach semi-final |
Result: Civil Service Strollers 1-3 Coldstream // East of Scotland League Cup quarter-final
Coldstream are through to the semi-final of the League Cup after an impressive victory in Edinburgh.
New French signing Arnaud Gauthier scored a double on his first start, adding to the goal he scored on his debut last week, and striker Jack Hay also found the net on his first appearance since October.
Coldstream were 2-0 up when Josh Hebdon was sent off for a second bookable offence. Strollers pulled a goal back, but Gauthier scored his second late on to seal victory.
Coldstream: M Walters, J Dickson, M Allan, P Tweddle, K Ainslie, K Neill, A Gauthier, J Hebdon, J Crawford, J Hay (C Axel) L Strangeways. Subs not used: R McLeod, R Graham, V Marc, J Rutherford.
Pictured right : Arnaud Gauthier scored a double date in an impressive performance
|Streamers swoop for Frenchmen |
Coldstream have completed the signing of two French players and are hoping to add another two the squad in the coming days.
Midfielder Arnaud Gauthier and defender Axel Cassard have both completed their moves, and the club hope to tie up two more French defenders on deals until the end of the season.
All four are students at Edusport Academy, an academy in Edinburgh that brings talented French youth players to Scotland where they also gain a qualification in English.
After three successful years in Glasgow, the acaedmy opened a new centre in Edinburgh in September 2014.
The players are being trained by Berwick Rangers manager Colin Cameron and other former professionals on a daily basis.
Gauthier scored on his Coldstream debut after coming off the bench against Hawick Royal Albert on Saturday in the 5-1 King Cup first round victory. His signing and registration was completed shortly before kick-off, but the other three Frenchmen were also at the game. The paperwork for Cassard, a full-back, was completed today.
The swoop came about thanks to the efforts of Coldstream stalwarts Jim McLean and Allan Wilson, who met Cameron and watched the players train at Ainslie Park.
Coldstream assistant manager Phil Johnson said: "Strengthening the defence has been a priority for some time, but it is not easy to get players in during the season. Jim and Allan have worked hard to bring them in and bolster the squad.
"The lads are training every day, so they are fit and hungry to play. We hope they can not only add quality to the squad, but also increase competition for places over the final few weeks of the season and give us a lift. We're looking forward to seeing them in action.
"There isn't any financial outlay for the club. We just need to make sure the lads are looked after and made to feel welcome. If it all goes well, this might open a door for us next season too."
Gauthier and Cassard are both expected to feature in a friendly away to Dunbar United tomorrow night.
|Jack Hay makes scoring return |
Result: Dunbar United 2-3 Coldstream // Friendly
Jack Hay scored in his first appearance in a Coldstream shirt since October and three new French signings were given a run in this friendly win at New Countess Park.
Hay put Coldstream in front midway through the first half when combining well with Luke Strangeways to fire home from 10 yards.
It was 1-0 at half time, but when Hay was brought down in the box early in the second half it was Strangeways who blasted home the resultant spot kick.
Dunbar pulled one back in the 80th minute when a slick move was headed in at the back post. The equaliser from close range arrived five minutes later, but Jake Rutherford secured victory for the Streamers at the other end when his miscued free-kick crept in at the near post off a defender.
New French signings Valentin Marc, Cassard Axel and Arnaud Gathier all made a big impression on manager Stevie Gibbard. Each of them played for an hour on a night when rolling subs were used.
Pictured right: French centre-back Valentin Marc had a solid debut