Home Park, Coldstream
EOS Premier Division
|1.||Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale|
|3.||Stirling University EOS|
|9.||Civil Service Strollers|
|Winner(s): No winners|
|£160 carried forward|
|Crawford crowned East of Scotland Player of the Year for 2012/13 |
Following a recent East of Scotland Select match at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium, our skipper John Crawford was absolutely delighted to accept the league's Player of the Year award for the second year in a row (2012/13) from select team Manager Gary Aitchison.
The striker, who is just one goal away from hitting his 100th goal in the blue of Coldstream has also netted in two of the three select team matches this season as well as captaining the side.
We would like to congratulate 'Coco' on his achievement which is simply fantastic for Coldstream Football Club.
Well done also to Kieran Ainslie & Mark Walters who are now regulars with the East of Scotland Select side.
Pictured right - John Crawford, East of Scotland Player of the Year for 2012/13.
|Mission Accomplished! |
Unfortunately, John Leifer & Coldstream TV were not filming at Riccarton at the weekend, but the little cameraman made up for this by taking a photograph of a jubilant Streamers squad in the visitors changing room after they gave their all to defeat and ultimately relegate Heriot-Watt University.
Coming from a goal down at half-time, the players gave their all in the second half, doing the club proud, reaching safety in the East of Scotland Premier Division with one game to spare.
With six players missing and influential centre half Kieran Ainslie limping off early doors, the odds were stacked firmly against the Streamers, but the lads who wore the blue shirts did the business with fantastic team spirit proving valuable.
It was hoped that the players would get a #selfie, but Baxie's arm simply was not long enough to fit everyone in the photo!
Well done lads!!!
Pictured right - The Streamers squad celebrate reaching safety in the East of Scotland Premier Division.
|Camera lead found as team photo finally makes website! |
With one week to go in the 2013/14 campaign, you may think it is strange that we upload a team photograph from August to coldstreamfc.co.uk! Although taken in the sunshine, on an immaculate Home Park, the image has never been seen before due to a lost camera lead - which was found this morning!
The line up is the most up to date photo that we have of our squad despite numerous changes to the management and playing personnel. It includes previous Manager Andrew Gibson, who took us up to the East of Scotland Premier Division last season. We aim to get another taken before Saturday's final match of the season at home against Leith Athletic.
Thanks again to White Rose Tiling, Coldstream for sponsoring the new Hummel kit. We think that you will all agree that it looks the part.
Pictured right - The Coldstream squad from back in August prior to the missing camera lead!
|Students relegated as they fail Streamers test |
Result: Heriot-Watt University 1 : 2 Coldstream // EOS Premier Division
A roar of triumph echoed out from the away changing room after this relegation scrap as Coldstream came from a goal down to secure all three points and with it, safety in the East of Scotland Premier Division. Debutant Dean Powling and midfielder Conor Devaney registered second half strikes to the delight of onlooking Manager for the day, Phil Johnson.
On a blustery afternoon at Riccarton, which is also Heart of Midlothian's training complex, both sides found the elements and unforgiving pitch difficult to deal with at times. Skipper Mark Walters decided to kick against the wind in the first half, expecting the Students to press his side high up the park, which they did. They went close from a set piece when their unmarked winger rose to head wide before another attempt was tipped onto the post by Walters with Gary Shearer on hand to hook the ball clear. Jake Birkett then headed a routine back pass past his own goalkeeper, but to his relief it rolled inches wide of the post.
Shearer's jinking runs down the left always looked threatening, the wide man unfortunate to see an effort hit the side netting before another was gathered by the Uni keeper. The tireless running of Gary Wales down the opposite flank was also proving fruitful, but numerous crosses into the box got held up in the wind despite his team mates best efforts to get an effort in on goal. Devaney was unfortunate to see his shot sail wide from a free kick, the wind again playing it's part.
Moments later a Heriot-Watt free kick out wide on the right was lashed across the face of goal with the unfortunate Andrew Douglas glancing a header past Walters for the opener. Further chances followed, but the big stopper was quick to come off his line to eliminate any danger. With Kieran Ainslie limping off, former Spartans man Phil Johnson entered the fray and had a superb game alongside youngster Birkett in central defence.
Just before half-time Richard Baxendale curled an inswinger towards Greg McCrudden, but the slightest of touches from a Heriot-Watt defender altered the trajectory of the ball as he planted his feet to head what would have been a certain goal.
Grabbing a goal was the Streamers incentive after the interval and chances started to arrive as the game opened up. A superb cross on the volley from Baxendale found Wales unmarked six yards out, but composure was severley lacking and he neither controlled the ball or shot at goal. He then almost hit a wonder goal from fifty yards, but the keeper's quick feet got him out of trouble. Douglas then smashed over as did Shearer before Dean Powling, making his full debut made no mistake to fire a left footed shot into the bottom corner.
This lifted Coldstream's spirits and although a draw was enough they persisted with a high line and got their reward fifteen minutes later as Wales rolled the ball into the path of the onrushing Devaney who slotted home before setting off on one of his trademark celebrations.
The latter stages saw the ball going from end to end. Walters was on hand to gather some shots from distance and when he was beaten, Baxendale was on hand to clear off the Coldstream goal line. Josh Hebdon, who had a fantastic game at right back also put in some last ditch tackles as the minutes ticked away.
A superb performance from Coldstream as they achieve their goal from the start of the season. With a Lowland League application currently ongoing and uncertainty relating to how the East of Scotland league format will be next season, the Streamers can hold their heads high knowing, at least, that they avoided the drop in their first season back in the Premier Division.
Coldstream: Walters (C), Hebdon, Baxendale, Ainslie, Birkett, Douglas, Devaney, McCrudden, Wales , Shearer, Powling. SUBS - Johnson.
Pictured right - Josh Hebdon had a superb game at right back for Coldstream at Riccarton.
|Birkett leads late revival as Streamers exit Qualifying Cup |
Result: Craigroyston 3 : 2 Coldstream // EOS Qual. Cup Preliminary Round
Ten man Coldstream's hopes of progressing to the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup Quarter Final were dealt a fatal blow at St. Mark's Park as Craigroyston won by the odd goal in five. Tom Hendrie's men had been cruising by three goals following the early dismissal of Sean Simpson, but a late resurgence from the Streamers, headed by the unlikely source of teenager Jake Birkett, almost completed a memorable comeback for the visitors.
Following last week's meeting, both sides knew what to expect from each other and the opening exchanges were very evenly matched. A break upfield after some intricate one touch passing between Gary Wales & Lawrie Cannon saw Simpson take a heavy touch, with his next a lunge straight through Scott Ritchie - a straight red proceeded although this seemed harsh. As expected, Neil Oliver's men felt hard done by as they prepared to defend for the majority of the cup tie.
They did fantastically well in truth, with the in form Mark Walters showing onlooking Select Manager, Gary Aitchison exactly why he is considered to be the best goalkeeper in East of Scotland football. The big stopper first saved from a curling Kyle Boggie free kick, before tipping Michael Somerville's attemp around his far post. With pressure mounting, the home side eventually scored the opener, as a deflected shot found the corner, despite Walters getting his fingertips to the ball. Further chances followed although it was Coldstream who almost grabbed the equaliser as Richard Baxendale's floated free kick was headed just wide by skipper John Crawford. With half-time looming, Craig Anderson ghosted in behind the Coldstream defence to pick his spot and double his side's lead.
To their credit, the Borders side gave it an almighty go in the second half and almost immediately scored, Baxendale again finding Crawford with a delightfully weighted cross, the talisman making a good connection to lob his header over the keeper only for it to bounce off the Craigie crossbar. The Streamers could sense a goal, but the woodwork again came to the Edinburgh side's rescue after Kieran Ainslie had towered above his marker. The rebound then fell to Crawford two yards out, but with a gaping net his prodded effort somehow went over.
Making the most of their numerical advantage, Craigroyston played some nice football in the middle third and after Walters had pulled off a brilliant one on one save, he then magnificently turned another over his crossbar from Mark Hendrie. A misunderstanding from a corner, however put the game seemingly out of sight as Craig Dickson, who had been pulling the strings all afternoon rose unmarked to nod home at the near post.
Callum Peoples and Jake Birkett were introduced to relieve some tired legs and the impact the latter made was instant. A defender by trade, the teenager smashed home after a neat lay off from Crawford before adding a second in similar fashion to fire through a crowd of yellow and blue shirts. This gave Oliver's men unbelieveable belief. Crawford turned his man, but was dispossessed as he went to get his shot off. At the other end, substitute Paul Lynch sent Walters scrambling and numerous balls into the corner resulted in needless fouls from the inexperienced Streamers, which Craigie used to run the clock down and ultimately see out the game.
No more cup football for Coldstream this season, but with league fixtures against Heriot-Watt (a) and Leith Atheltic (h) on the horizon, there is still plenty to play for in the remaining fortnight of the 2013/14 campaign.
Coldstream: Walters, Cannon, Baxendale, Ainslie, Allan, Douglas, McCrudden, Hebdon, Wales, S. Simpson, Crawford (C). SUBS - Powling, Birkett, Peoples.
Pictured right - Jake Birkett, who came off the bench to score both goals in a spirited second half Streamers performance.