Stirling University Res 3-3 Coldstream

Elliot Sutcliffe scored a double and caused the Coldstream defence all sorts of trouble.
Elliot Sutcliffe scored a double and caused the Coldstream defence all sorts of trouble.

Coldstream ended a six-match losing run when teenage striker James Oliver popped up with a late equaliser against a strong Stirling University side containing several first-team players.

The result means Allan Wilson’s men remain bottom of the East of Scotland Premier Division, four points behind their opponents with two games left to play.

Anything less than two wins from their last two games, at home to Spartans and Tynecastle, means Coldstream will finish bottom of the table.

The Berwickshire side will take encouragement from this performance, coming back from 2-0 down to earn a point. Had Arnaud Gauthier not blazed a shot over the bar when put through by Craig Heugh near the end they could have left Gannochy Sports Centre with all three.

The home side went into a 2-0 lead before a superb run and cross from Jonny Simpson and a bullet header from John Crawford reduced the deficit.

A handball in the box allowed Crawford to dispatch a penalty for his second goal to make it 2-2 at the break.

Stirling striker Elliot Sutcliffe, a handful for the Coldstream defence all afternoon, escaped his marker at a corner to head his team in front again.

But inspired by the outstanding Josh Hebdon in midfield, Coldstream refused to give up. The equaliser came when a Rudy McLeod cross was spilled by the home goalkeeper, and Oliver was in the right place to convert the rebound.

Coldstream: Walters, Mcleod, Allan, Marc, Ainslie, Neill (Rutherford 66), Heugh, Hebdon, Crawford, Simpson (Gauthier 66), Strangeways (Oliver 75). Not used: Levy-Georgot, Clowes.