EOS King Cup 2nd Round
Berwick Rangers Reserves 3
|2.||Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale|
|3.||Stirling University EOS|
|10.||Civil Service Strollers|
|Winner(s): Daren Bruce|
|£100 carried forward|
|Streamers give something back to the community |
Sunday saw the annual Coldstream Juniors presentation take place at the Hirsel Golf Club with the Under 8's, 9's & 11's presented with various medals & trophies following the end of their football season recently.
We were delighted to be represented at the function by club captain John Crawford & goalkeeper Mark Walters, who gave up their own time to present the awards to the youngsters. Some of these children never miss a match at Home Park so it would have meant a great deal to them and it caused a bit of excitement which was great to see.
We would like to thank Coldstream Juniors for their support at our games and wish them all the very best for the future. We will hopefully see them in the East of Scotland side one day!
Pictured right - John Crawford (far left) & Mark Walters (far right) presented Coldstream Juniors with their awards on Sunday.
|COLDSTREAM TV: Baxie picks up the wrong bag! |
The lack of highlights this week is due to the wrong bag being picked up by Baxie, our footage editor. He got home to find he had taken Lawrie Cannon's kitbag rather than his own, meaning the camcorder remains at the changing rooms, along with his packed lunch - possibly a good thing!
Depending on when he gets it back the footage may be uploaded this week prior to the trip West to Lowland League side Gretna in the King Cup 2nd Round.
Sorry about this, we know how much our followers enjoy watching the games online.
Pictured right - Richard Baxendale, who had nothing to edit this weekend!
|Lamb returns to steal top spot in Group D |
Result: Coldstream 0 : 3 Berwick Rangers Reserves // EOS Qual. Cup - Group D
Former Streamers Manager Mark Lamb's return to Home Park proved a memorable one as his Berwick Rangers Reserves side ran out comfortable winners in this local derby. Despite both having qualified for the knockout stage, the game was made that bit more competitive with the visitors needing to win by three clear goals to top Group D. First team players Ben Miller, Dean Carse, Dean Hoskins & Kenny O'Brien all started in a match Lamb clearly wanted to come out on top in.
In a blustery wind, both sets of players found the unforgiving surface a problem, but it was the Shielfield Park side who got the ball down and played, creating numerous chances for their forwards. Hoskins dragged one wide before Carse toe poked another goalwards, the effort however was straight at keeper Mark Walters. Conor Devaney's forward surges were proving to be Coldstream's most likely source of a goal, but the Streamers just seemed to lack that cutting edge.
A glorious opportunity arose midway through the half as Sean Simpson was scythed down in the box, but having dusted himself down the striker missed his spot kick and the resulting rebound. This lifted the Reserves and when Simpson was then given his marching orders for an off the ball incident the traffic was pretty much one way for the remainder of the tie.
A slack ball played across goal was pounced on by Carse, the nippy striker firing past Walters to give his side the lead. Had it not been for the big Streamers stopper pulling off some saves from the top drawer then the men in black & gold could have been easily out of sight by the interval.
The second half saw the 'Wee Gers' take full control of the match with Coldstream rarely troubling their keeper. Midway through the half, Ben Miller doubled his sides lead and with top spot now in sight, Lamb's men reached the summit when Kenny O'Brien scored direct from a corner to complete a miserable day at the office for Neil Oliver's men.
With a thread bare squad and a trip to Lowland League side Gretna this coming Saturday, the fixtures do not get any easier as the season approaches it's climax. The fact that it is a cup game will allow those players who are missing to get themselves ready for some huge battles as they prepare to beat the drop from the East of Scotland Premier Division in their first season back in the top flight.
Coldstream: Walters, Wales , Cannon, Ainslie, Birkett, Hebdon, Allan, Douglas, S. Simpson , Crawford (C), Devaney . SUBS - McCrudden, Baxendale.
Pictured right - Sean Simpson missed his penalty before being sent off moments later.
|Player statistics so far... |
The 2013/14 campaign has seen us record various match statistics for the first time as we begin to build up our archives with more in depth statistics than we have gathered over past seasons.
Richard Baxendale, who produces our match day programme as well as running our website & twitter feed thought it would be a very worthwhile exercise and interesting for the squad.
He explained "It is nice for lads to know when they are making their 50th appearance for the club for example so I thought it would be a good idea to start recording things like appearances, goals & cards. It also adds a challenge to those leading the different sections which adds to the dressing room banter!"
At the moment Gary Wales & Jake Birkett lead the way for total appearances (23) with Sean Simpson finding himself at the top of scoring charts (11). Lee Lambert & Johnny Simpson have assisted the most goals (6) with the bad boy tag currently hanging around the neck of centre back Kieran Ainslie, who has been cautioned a total of seven times and dismissed once.
In 27 competitive matches we have used 36 players so far this season. 32 goals have been scored and we have received 36 yellow cards / 7 red.
Pictured right - Statistics from the 2013/14 campaign so far.
|Ainslie Hunter decides to play closer to home |
Signed in November last year, Ainslie Hunter came on board to help the club out during a time when injuries were proving a major headache for then Manager Andrew Gibson. A solid debut at Lothian Thistle HV impressed all at the club with him going on to feature a total of seven times during the campaign.
Based in Edinburgh and unable to train in the Borders, Ainslie has decided to ply his trade elsewhere despite being really disappointed to be leaving what he has described as "A brilliant club". Originally at the club under Mark Lamb, the midfield enforcer was delighted to return to Home Park and hasn't ruled out a third return at some point in his career.
Described as a 'top lad' by the Streamers squad, they will no doubt miss the twenty year old's (so he reckons - birth certificate required) toony banter!
We would like to thank him for his efforts and wish him all the very best for the future.
Pictured right - Ainslie Hunter.