Selkirk 1, Coldstream 2
RESULTS against Selkirk at Yarrow Park have not been the most memorable for the Streamers in recent years, but they managed to claim yet another league victory in this campaign to increase their lead at the top of the East of Scotland First Division.
On a perishingly cold day in the Borders, the game was played on a fantastic surface despite the deluge of rain from the day before. With Selkirk currently well down the league, a false position in many people’s eyes, Coldstream’s aim was to get an early goal and some early chances almost put that theory to practice.
Stuart Coyle went close from distance before John Crawford turned to shoot inches wide. At the other end Selkirk were proving a threat too with Mark Walters saving superbly from close range before Gibson broke through to lift his effort over the onrushing keeper, only to see it land on the roof of the net.
In a very even contest, either side could have taken the lead, but it was to be Crawford who was to net the opener with a fantastic goal, impressively turning his marker with a flick to volley into the corner of the net.
Moments later, Crawford went close again with a bullet header, which had keeper Dodds scrambling across his line.
Selkirk again pressed and various crosses into the box were making us earn our lead in difficult conditions. With Lee Lambert and Gary Wales both playing well down the right, they offered a fantastic out ball for the Streamers.
From one of these breaks Lambert put a brilliant cross into the box, but as the ball rolled along the six yard line, nobody could get a foot to it and it was cleared to safety.
Before the interval the home side went close again, but after doing all of the hard work their striker dragged his shot wide of the near post.
The second half brought more pressure from the home side, who were eager to take the game to Gibson’s men.
After two attacks down the left flank, one of which resulting in Gibson blasting over from close range, Selkirk eventually found the leveller via Pritchard who met a cross from the otherside of the park with a simple tap in after everyone else had missed it.
Minutes later, however the big centre half went from hero to villain as a standard header back to Dodds ended up in his own net, with a lack of communication proving the decisive error.
With the lead now restored, the introduction of Martyn Tait tightened up the Coldstream midfield and ensured that all three pooints were obtained from a venue that has proved a very tough place to go in recent years.
Coldstream now take a break from league duties with Craigroyston visiting Home Park this coming Saturday in the East of Scotland League Cup Preliminary Round.
Coldstream: Walters, Wales, Allan, K. Ainslie, Cannon, S. Simpson, Hebdon, Lambert, Coyle, O’Neil, Crawford. Subs: Heugh, Tait, Mcleod, McCrudden.