Simpson nets hat-trick as Streamners hit six

Coldstream midfielder Sean Simpson in the thick of the action against Hawick.
Coldstream midfielder Sean Simpson in the thick of the action against Hawick.

COLDSTREAM 6

HAWICK ROYAL ALBERT 0

Jonny Simpson scored a hat-trick and Lawrie Cannon, John Crawford and Stuart Coyle were also on target in an easy win for Coldstream in this top versus bottom clash.

The home side were three up and half time and took their foot off the gas for most of the second half until a late surge of goals made it a rout.

Managed by former Coldstream defender Graham Chadwick, Hawick went into the game with nothing to lose. Bottom of the table and missing ten players, it was always going to be a case of damage limitation.

Hawick emerged with credit as they lined up with a makeshift side that included six trialists.

For Coldstream manager Andrew Gibson, it was all about getting the three points in the bag without picking up any injuries or suspensions.

Coldstream started brightly and with two minutes gone John Crawford broke through on his own and rounded Hawick keeper Steven West only to shoot wide.

West then kept Coldstream at bay in pulling off an excellent save from a Simpson header.

In the seventh minute, however, Coldstream did break the deadlock, Crawford making up for his earlier miss by shooting home from what appeared to be an offside position.

With 15 minutes played Coldstream added to their tally when former Hawick defender Lawrie Cannon crashed home a shot from 35 yards into the roof of the net.

Coldstream continued to push forward and in the 32nd minute went further ahead. Crawford whipped over a cross that was slotted away by Simpson.

The home side were in control, but Hawick were battling hard and towards the interval almost reduced the leeway through a Gordon Ramsay free kick that forced Coldstreamgoal keeper Mark Walters into a fine save.

After the break, Hawick began to come into the picture a little more ,but Coldstream still had the edge and in the 61st minute scored again. Simpson supplied the finishing touch for the second time by driving a Stuart Coyle cut-back past West.

Minutes later Walters denied Hawick a goal in tipping a Ramsay free-kick round the post at full stretch.

With five minutes remaining Coldstream went nap. Hawick defender Greig Johnson handled in the box and Coyle made no mistake with the resultant penalty.

Just on time the impressive Simpson completed his hat-trick after being set up by Martyn Tait.

Hawick coach Davie Aitkin said: “Considering we had a team that was more or less playing for the first time together, I thought we did very well. The players certainly didn’t let themselves down and battled really hard.”

Coldstream: M Walters, G Wales, M Allan, K Ainslie, J McLeod, J Simpson, L Cannon (M Tait 75), J Hebdon, S Simpson, K O’Neil (L Lambert 75), J Crawford (S Coyle 55). Subs not used: J Ainslie, G McCrudden.