Crawford hat-trick puts Streamers on brink of promotion

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PEEBLES ROVERS 0, COLDSTREAM 4

Coldstream will go into their last game of the season knowing a win would seal promotion to the East of Scotland League Premier Division after picking up a vital three points at Netherdale tonight.

Captain John Crawford scored a hat-trick and Kris O’Neil was also on target against a Peebles team who had two men sent off.

The victory moves Andrew Gibson’s men back up to second in the table, one point ahead of Leith Athletic.

The Streamers face Gala Fairydean at Home Park in the last game on Saturday, while Leith take on Eyemouth United.

In a game played at Netherdale due to drainage problems at Whitestone Park, Crawford put the visitors in front after ten minutes. A dummy from O’Neil created space on the wing for Jonny Simpson, whose cut-back was finished by the captain.

Peebles were reduced to ten men when a midfielder was sent off for a tackle on Simpson.

A second Peebles player was then red-carded before half time for a late challenge on Gary Wales.

Coldstream made their two-man advantage count in the second half, Crawford heading home to double their lead.

Lee Lambert then set up O’Neil for the third, the striker turning his man to finish sweetly into the bottom corner.

Crawford completed his hat-trick from close range from Simpson’s ball after a defence-splitting Greg McCrudden pass.

Coldstream: Glasper, J Ainslie, Tait, Allan, K. Ainslie, S Simpson, Hebdon, Wales, J Simpson, Crawford, O’Neil. Subs: Baxendale, McCrudden, Heugh, Lambert, Cannon.