BERWICK RESERVES 1 COLDSTREAM 1
A late Kieran Ainslie goal saved a point for Coldstream but with Leith Athletic winning at Gala, the Berwickshire side slipped to third in the table.
This was the second meeting of these teams within a fortnight and in front of another three figure crowd, the first half again finished goalless.
This was partly due to Coldstream keeper Luc Glasper turning the ball over the bar on four occasions from shots or headers by four different players. One was Dean Carse who gave Stuart Coyle an uncomfortable first 45 minutes. Marc Lancaster, struggling against Streamers’ right winger Gary Wales, didn’t last that long, hobbling off after 21 minutes with a pelvic injury.
Coldstream’s best first half chances fell to Sean Simpson. Lawrie Cannon concluded one of his renowned dribbles by giving Simpson the opportunity for a crack from 25 yards directly in front of goal, Simpson’s powder puff shot was scant reward for Cannon’s efforts. Later, with only Tufail to beat, the Berwick keeper won the duel by pushing the ball away from Simpson.
Coldstream made a double change of personnel at the break but within seven minutes were trailing. Glasper downed Carse outside the box and was doubly punished, his yellow card followed by Greig Smith cracking home the free kick. Carse turned provider to Smith but Glasper saved with his knee.
Tufail punched a Wales’ delivery before Carse was presented with another chance when Callum Wyllie and Smith pierced the visitors’ defence but Carse’s poor ball control allowed Glasper to fall on it. It was a costly miss. A long Wales’ free kick into the goal area was headed by Jonny Simpson to Ainslie who headed into the net.
From six yards out, John Crawford was unable to get a decent strike on Lee Lambert’s cross and play quickly swung in the other direction, Wyllie putting Carse away again. Glasper saved his first shot leaving the ex-Aberdeen man looking a cert to knock home the rebound but the ball passed outside Glasper’s far post. Back at the other end, Crawford almost snatched a vital extra two points for Coldstream getting a touch to Jonny Simpson’s ball from the right but it too, finished wide.
Berwick Reserves: Tufail, Finlayson, Brady, McNicoll, Hay, Lancaster (Doris 21), Lough (Saunderson 82), Gill, Smith, Carse, Wyllie
Coldstream: Glasper, Cannon, Coyle (Lambert 76), McLeod (Allan 46), K. Ainslie, Hebdon, Wales, S.Simpson, Crawford, J.Simpson, O’Neil (Tait 46 ).