Ainslie Park, Edinburgh
EOS Qual. Cup // Section D
|1.||Stirling University EOS|
|3.||Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale|
|10.||Civil Service Strollers|
|Winner(s): no winners|
|£250 carried forward|
|Punton brace helps ten man Streamers |
Result: Edinburgh University 2 : 2 Coldstream // EOS Premier Division
Despite the recent spell of poor weather endured by Scotland over the past few days, Edinburgh University's Peffermill looked as good as new ahead of this one and the smooth playing surface allowed both sides the chance to play some decent passing football, which made for a very entertaining match. With injuries still causing Coldstream Manager Andrew Gibson some major headaches, he was forced to name himself in a thirteen man match day squad against the students.
The Streamers started well and were soon on the front foot. After applying some pressure and looking like they were in the ascendency, they were awarded a corner kick, but ironically this turned into the opener for the home side. After a confident claim from the University keeper, he quickly distributed the ball down the park, finding his striker, who was denied initially following a brilliant save from Mark Walters, who had made a good save, only to find the ball back at his feet to slot past Gary Wales on the goal line.
The men in blue were not disheartened by this and they began to dictate the game following the setback. The dominant Kieran Ainslie was aerially astute and rarely troubled at the back which gave his team mates the confidence of winning the second ball. The returning Aaron Punton, Ainslie Hunter and Lee Lambert were busy in the Coldstream midfield and latched onto everything that bounced their way. After Punton had delivered a teasing cross to Sean Simpson, who couldn't quite get on the end of it, the same player then had a very good penalty shout waved away by the referee. The man in the middle also said no when Jonny Simpson was upended and it looked like lady luck was not with the visitors at this point. Punton, however made sure that no luck was necessary, converting with a convincing strike into the net following a Greg McCrudden thrown in.
After the interval, Edinburgh University looked to be in the driving seat, especially after skipper John Crawford was given his marching orders for dissent after being infuriated by one of the decisions made by the man in the middle. The forward had been effective throughout, winning numerous battles with his opponent, offering his side a great get out ball. The Peffermill side, as you would expect, enjoyed the majority of possession after the dismissal and they took full advantage midway through the half to get their noses in front via a superb twenty five yard thunder bolt into the top corner.
To their credit, Gibson's men kept plodding away, with the tireless S. Simpson working his socks off up front to lead the line brilliantly. Following a clipped ball forward by Ainslie, McCrudden controlled and turned to set away Lambert, who accelerated past his man to cut back for Punton, who skilfully beat his man to slot the ball home, out of the reach of the Uni keeper's outstretched hand. The remaining ten minutes saw the Streamers protect their back four as they settled for a well earned point, which sees them move onto fourteen points from twelve games played.
Coldstream: Walters, Wales, Birkett, Ainslie, Hunter, McCrudden, Punton, Lambert, J. Simpson, S. Simpson, Crawford (C). SUBS - Brown, Gibson.
Pictured right - Aaron Punton scored two to help us to a point at Peffermill on Saturday.
|Streamers enjoying life on the road |
Result: Civil Service Strollers 0 - 3 Coldstream // EOS Premier Division
The footballing term 'six pointer' is not usually heard in November, but with the East of Scotland Premier Division proving to be as tight and competitive a league as you are likely to see this season, the Streamers travelled to Muirhouse knowing that only a win against a struggling Civil Service Strollers side would give them a little breathing space from the sides below them going into the Winter months.
Despite hitting the road with another depleted squad, they did welcome back Kieran Ainslie into the heart of the defence, who returned from suspension, Lee Lambert and also Jonny Simpson, who took his place on the bench after a month or so on the sidelines due to an ankle injury.
Coldstream started the better of the two sides and should of been ahead early on after Ainslie rose to head an effort goalwards. This looked to have gone considerably over the line only for the referee to wave the play on. In truth, it was a game of few chances for the next half an hour, at least it was until Sean Simpson was released by Greg McCrudden, who slotted a ball through to the in form striker, who proceeded to cut across his man. As Simpson looked to pull the trigger he was hauled to the deck and a free kick was awarded with Civil lucky to keep a full compliment on the park. With a golden opportunity to take the lead seemingly lost, Lee Lambert stepped up to bend a fantastic effort into the corner of the net.
Civil then fashioned a decent chance of their own after a slight mix up in the Coldstream defence, but the big number nine lacked composure, blasting the ball high and wide of the target. At the other end, a drilled pass from Gary Wales struck an opponents arm before falling to Simpson who was then unbelievably told that he had come from an offside position after clinically finding the net.
The visitors came out after the interval all guns blazing and ended the match as a contest in a decisive fifteen minute spell. Ainslie sent a ball forward from the back to skipper John Crawford, who held off his man to lay the ball off to Simpson, the hard working front man then unselfishly played in the onrushing Lambert, who unleashed a powerful shot into the top corner to register his second spectacular goal of the game. Civil were not ready to wave the white flag just yet, however and were unfortunate not to pull one back almost immediately after the restart via a strike that rattled the post. Again, at the same end as the visitors had claimed a goal, the ball had appeared to have crossed the line - the man in the middle deciding to play on again despite an incensed Civil touchline.
On the hour mark Simpson got the goal that he had craved to seal the victory, latching onto a through ball before heading over the onrushing keeper with ease. The visitors then endured some late pressure with some fantastic defending and some great saves from goalkeeper Mark Walters ensuring that they registered a clean sheet and their fourth win on the road in the Premier Division this campaign.
New signing Ainslie Hunter impressed throughout the contest, adding steel and grit to the Coldstream midfield, something that has been lacking in some games this campaign. The former Spartans and Arniston Rangers man is settling in nicely ahead of the New Year fixtures.
This weekend has also shown how a football club can come together during sad times. The side kicked off Saturday's game knowing that player Richard Baxendale had sadly lost his father, Fred on Thursday and promptly dedicated the win to him. Like his son, he too played in the East of Scotland and represented Duns in 1959/60 prior to leaving the area.
Pictured right - Lee Lambert was back to his best at Civil Service Strollers on Saturday scoring two fantastic goals to seal the victory.
Unfortunately COLDSTREAM TV was not present at Saturday's win, but we fully expect to have the cameras rolling again at Peffermill on Saturday against Edinburgh University.
|COLDSTREAM TV: Streamers fall short after spirited second half |
Result: Lothian Thistle HV 4 - 2 Coldstream // South Challenge Cup 2nd Round
COLDSTREAM TV's John Leifer would of been excused for turning the footage off at half-time and heading home, but he didn't and what a great game of football he captured in the second half at Saughton Enclosure.
After Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale had gone into a 3 : 0 lead at the interval, Chris Milligan's majestic goal the pick of the bunch, the Streamers came out fighting in the second half and the tie came alive with goals from Aaron Punton and John Crawford.
Pushing for a late equaliser they were unfortunate to concede a fourth with the last kick of the game although Mark Walters had been the busier of the two goalkeepers over the ninety minutes.
As always, enjoy the highlights!
Above: Highlights from our South Challenge Cup 2nd Round tie at Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale on Saturday.
|Streamers fall short after spirited second half fight back |
Result: Lothian Thistle HV 4 - 2 Coldstream // South Challenge Cup 2nd Round
Those present at Saughton enclosure on Saturday witnessed a thrilling South Challenge Cup tie with the Streamers showing some fighting spirit which has been lacking in recent weeks. Finding themselves three goals down at half-time, Andrew Gibson's men made a game of it in the second half and could have been level late on before the home side sealed the win with the last kick of the game.
Missing some key players, Coldstream patched together a side to take on the much fancied Lothian and after a bright start, which could have seen them ahead through John Crawford, they eventually succumbed to some pressure from the home side, Chris Milligan cutting inside to rifle home one of the goals of the season past a helpless Mark Walters. The home side then missed a free header at the back post before their lead was doubled via their striker, who latched onto a through ball to round Walters and finish despite Jake Birkett's best efforts on the line.
Crawford again went close, but a last ditch tackle deflected his effort wide. New signing Ainslie Hunter also went close, a driven shot sending the home keeper scrambling across his goal, but it went just past the post. With five minutes remaining in the half, Walters palmed away an effort, but it fell kindly to the Lothian forward, who made no mistake to power home a third, ending a dismal half of football for Coldstream.
After the restart, the visitors looked like a different side. There was more urgency and intent in their play and despite the game seemingly being over they dug in and created some chances of their own. The long ball was causing all sorts of problems for the Saughton side and from one of these a free kick was given away on the edge of the box. A pin point centre from Gary Wales then found Aaron Punton unmarked, who nodded home. Moments later and the cup tie sprung to life - Greg McCrudden's corner headed home with force by the onrushing Crawford for his second goal in as many matches since coming back from his recent knee injury.
With doubt now creeping into the home side, the match became very stretched and open with plenty of chances at both ends. Walters was called upon numerous times and denied Lothian superbly from close range on two or three occasions. Lawrie Cannon then entered the fray and his dribbling skills were put to great use, first weaving into the box only for a fantastic save to deny him before his 'twinkle toes' fashioned a chance for striker Sean Simpson, who again hit the target only for another fantastic save from the home keeper to keep the Streamers at bay. With time running out and the referee's watch entering into injury time, Lothian broke clear and with tired Coldstream legs unable to catch the pacey substitute, he slotted past Walters to put the game out of sight.
Despite the slow start, Gibson's men can take heart from their second half performance and can now approach Saturday's East of Scotland Premier Division match at Civil Service Strollers with optimism.
Coldstream: Walters, Allan, Birkett, Baxendale , Wales , McCrudden , Punton , Hunter, Chisholm , Crawford (C), S. Simpson. SUBS - Brown, L. Cannon, Gibson.
Pictured right - Aaron Punton, who scored our first at Saughton Enclosure against LTHV on Saturday.
|Goram & McAvennie entertain guests at annual speakers evening |
Our annual speakers night was held on Saturday evening at the Hirsel Golf Club in Coldstream and it proved to be a massive success with all who attended thoroughly enjoying themselves.
Ex Rangers, Manchester United & Scotland goalkeeper Andy Goram was accompanied by former Celtic & West Ham player Frank McAvennie, both of whom had some wonderful tales to tell. The pair, who are both very keen golfers, had enjoyed a round of golf with the locals during the afternoon.
Events like these are important for a club like Coldstream and we would like to thank those who organised the event, the Hirsel Golf Club for unrivalled hospitality, those who attended and also Andy & Frank for accepting the invitation to come down to the Borders.
Pictured right - Youngster Greg McCrudden is pictured with Frank McAvennie (left) & Andy Goram (right).