Easthouses Lily 5-5 Coldstream

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Coldstream dropped to the bottom of the East of Scotland Premier Division after squandering a three-goal lead away to second-top Easthouses Lily.

In an extraordinary match at Newbattle, the visitors led 4-1 at half time and were 5-3 ahead in the second half.

Easthouses missed chances to grab a winner after pulling it back to 5-5, and the Streamers nearly snatched three points when Craig Heugh’s shot from close range was well saved in the last minute.

Streamers skipper John Crawford scored four and teenage striker James Oliver also scored his first for the club in a superb display from the front two.

Coldstream assistant manager Phil Johnson, taking the team in the absence of Stevie Gibbard, said: “I’ve not seem a game like that in a long time. Every time there was an attack at either end it looked like there was a goal coming.”

Asked if it was a point gained or two points dropped, he replied: “A bit of both. I’ve got mixed feelings. Given our position in the table and the number of players we had missing, a point at Easthouses is a decent result.

“But it is obviously very disappointing not to win the match from 4-1 up at half time. Our attacking play on the counter attack in the first half was fantastic, but we did look vulnerable.

“Easthouses were always dangerous, especially from set pieces. They whipped a lot of good balls into the box.

“When they pulled one back straight after half time our heads dropped and they got a big lift. We need to be mentally stronger as a team. But there was plenty of effort and commitment.”

Easthouses took the lead after only five minutes, but every time Coldstream broke they looked like scoring.

Crawford equalised when Jamie Dixon crossed from the right, a defender’s slip allowing the captain to control before slotting into the corner from 10 yards.

His second came from Oliver’s left-wing cross, Crawford controlling before rifling a shot against the post. The ball rebounded off the goalkeeper and into the net, but Crawford was awarded the goal.

Oliver lobbed home the third, collecting Crawford’s head flick to produce a sublime chip over the goalkeeper from 25 yards.

Crawford’s third came when he connected sweetly with Josh Hebdon’s low cross from the left to find the top corner with a left-foot shot from 12 yards.

Easthouses came roaring back by pulling two goals back straight after half time.

When Heugh was upended in the box, Crawford converted the penalty to make it 5-3 to Coldstream, but Easthouses responded again by piling on the pressure and grabbing a point.

Coldstream: Clowes, Rutherford (R McLeod 59), Powling, Allan, Ainslie, Dixon, J Simpson, Hebdon, Crawford, Oliver, Heugh. Subs not used: Johnson, O’Neil.