Leith Athletic 2
|1.||Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale|
|3.||Stirling University EOS|
|9.||Civil Service Strollers|
|Winner(s): No winners|
|£160 carried forward|
|COLDSTREAM TV: Footage finishes with a loss to Leith Athletic |
Result: Coldstream 1 - 2 Leith Athletic // East of Scotland Premier Division
COLDSTREAM TV's final match footage of the season saw Derek Riddel's Leith Athletic take all three points in an entertaining match at Home Park with Johnny Simpson netting our only goal early in the second half.
We would like to thank John Leifer for filming the matches this season, which isn't an easy task and Richard Baxendale, who does the editing side of things each week.
We have no doubts whatsoever that it improves the marketing of Coldstream Football Club and with each clip receiving 500+ views it is proving a worthwhile exercise.
See you all again next season!
Above - Action from Saturday's match against Leith Athletic at Home Park.
|Leith Athletic take the points on final day of the season |
Result: Coldstream 1 : 2 Leith Athletic // East of Scotland Premier Division
End of season matches tend to be dull affairs, but this one was far from it with both sides giving their all as they aimed to finish above each other in the final Premier Division table.
Manager Neil Oliver was without the services of Conor Devaney, Michael Allan, Gary Wales & Sean Simpson with Leith boss Derek Riddel choosing to review his starting eleven from last week with one eye on next week's cup final.
On a sweltering, hot afternoon, Coldstream began the brighter with Johnny Simpson creating something almost straight from kick-off. His cross, however evaded everyone and rolled to safety. The same player then broke into the penalty area, but a superb last ditch tackle as he went to pull the trigger kept the flame haired forward at bay. The visitors then came out of their shell, playing themselves into the game aided by a very well drilled passing game which was built from the back at every opportunity from a goalkeeper who was clearly comfortable with the ball at his feet.
With their first real venture forward a cutback from the left was duly powered home to give the Edinburgh side the lead. This was almost doubled moments later had it not been for youngster Jake Birkett throwing his body on the line to block a certain second. Further pressure ensued, but the Streamers held on to keep themselves in the game. Just as Olivers men looked like finding an equaliser, however Lawrie Cannon was wrong footed in the box, bringing down his opponent with a penalty kick awarded. A confident run up from the Leith skipper was complimented with an accurate shot into the corner despite Mark Walters diving the correct way.
It was at this point that Coldstream were relieved that they had got the job done last week and reached safety at Heriot-Watt University. They did continue to play decent football and on the stroke of half-time, Richard Baxendale cut in from the left to hit a reverse pass into the path of Simpson. Having turned his man onto his favoured right foot and the goal at his mercy he struck the ball whilst off balance, clearing the crossbar to the disbelief of the home dugout. Despite not netting on this occasion, it gave the Borders side belief that one goal would get them firmly back into the contest.
With a breeze now at their backs, the Streamers mounted more attacks on the Leith goal. Five minutes in and Simpson latched onto a through ball and with the covering centre half completely missing his clearance, dispatched the ball into the top corner of the net. Moments later he weaved his way through to the byline, but with John Crawford standing six yards out for a tap in, he chose to shoot himself, dragging the ball agonisingly wide.
There was always a risk that Derek Riddel's men would grab a third at the other end with their neat passing causing all sorts of problems. Walters palmed one around his post before diving at the strikers feet to smother another opportunity. A rasping drive did have the big stopper beaten, but this whistled inches past the upright to the relief of the watching home crowd.
Both sides looked like scoring the next goal of the game, but when Crawford rattled the cross bar it was looking like it would not be his day. A Leith set piece went inches wide at the other end with Walters saving yet another destined for the corner in their next attack.
Craig Heugh was introduced late on after two months out with a shoulder injury, but it was Greg McCrudden who was to have the last effort of the game, his shot sailing wide of the target.
Coldstream: Walters, Cannon, Baxendale, Ainslie, Birkett, Hebdon, Douglas, McCrudden, J. Simpson, Crawford (C), Peoples. SUBS - Powling, Heugh.
Pictured right - Johnny Simpson, who scored against Leith Athletic on Saturday.
|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!