Local derbies both end in draws

Coldstream midfiellder Kristian Neill

Coldstream midfiellder Kristian Neill

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COLDSTREAM’S Kristian Neill scored against his former club, but Berwick Rangers Reserves came from behind at Shielfield to earn a 1-1 draw in the East of Scotland League First Division. In the Berwickshire derby, Eyemouth United drew 0-0 draw with Duns.

Coldstream were looking for three points at Shielfield in order to revive their faint promotion hopes, but in the end a draw was perhaps a fair result.

The visitors made the better start and went ahead with a swift move down the left, John Crawford crossing for Neill to head home from close range against the team he left in November.

Berwick equalised before half-time when a quickly-taken 30-yard free-kick from Josh Hall took a defelction to wrong-foot Streamers goalkeeper Mark Walters and nestle into the bottom corner. There were chances at both ends in the second half, but defences stood firm.

The result leaves Coldstream in sixth place, 12 points behind second-placed Heriot-Watt University with a game in hand. Berwick stay in eighth.

Eyemouth may consider their draw with Duns two points dropped rather than one gained, but they remain strong candidates for promotion. Carl Hudson’s men are third in the table, four points behind Heriot-Watt University, having played the same number of games, and six points behind leaders Preston Athletic, who have played two games more than their nearest challengers.

Eyemouth host Preston next weekend in a match that could have a huge bearing on the promotion race. Duns travel to Peebles, while Coldstream take on Leith Athletic in the quarter-final of the King Cup.