Crawford scores perfect hat-trick in eight minutes

Coldstream 4, Burntisland Shipyard 2

With his left foot, right foot and a header, John Crawford scored a perfect hat-trick in under eight minutes to maintain Coldstream’s momentum at the top.

The team performance was far from perfect in a scrappy game. But the win stretches their unbeaten league run to eight games.

The Streamers have been inundated with home games against teams in the bottom half of the table, but by winning all but one them they are setting a target for the other promotion contenders to chase. The toughest fixtures have still to come, but if Coldstream can keep their winning run going, they might prove hard to catch.

Misplaced passes and overhit crosses meant this fixture wasn’t easy on the eye. But Coldstream did put pressure on the visitors and were unlucky when Crawford rattled the woodwork with a header. The home side also had two penalty claims turned down, and at the other end goalkeeper Mark Walters made a couple of crucial stops.

It took 35 minutes for Crawford to break the deadlock but just seven minutes 26 seconds later he had a hat-trick. His first came from a Josh Hebdon cross which he met before the keeper to head home. He then latched onto a through ball to guide a left-foot shot into the corner and completed the treble tapping in from a yard after more good work on the right by Gary Wales.

Burntisland pulled one back with 20 minutes to play. Another goal was then smashed into the corner with five minutes remaining before a penalty claim, which would have given them the Fifers a chance to level, was not given.

Wales sealed the three points with the final kick of the match as he ran in to meet a Martyn Tait through ball and fire home.

Coldstream: M Walters, J McLeod, D Cornish, M Cornish, L Cannon, G Wales, J Hebdon, M Tait, S Simpson, K O’Neil, J Crawford. Subs: J Simpson, J Ainslie, S Coyle, C Heugh.