Streamers too strong for Students

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Coldstream got back to their winning ways in the East of Scotland League with a fine 3-1 away to Heriot Watt University on Saturday.

Duns were to travel to Tynecastle but the match was called off as was Eyemouth United’s home game against Burntisland Shipyard.

Hawick Royal Albert gave themselves a somewhat unexpected pre-­Christmas present at Ainslie Park on Saturday by delivering the goods to the full to topple high-ranking Spartans 2-1.

Hawick opened the scoring on the hour mark through former Berwick Rangers player Josh Morris but just eight minutes later Spartans equalised when Jamie Dishington shot home. With seven minutes remaining Morris snatched his second and what proved to be the winning goal.

Whitehill returned from an eight-week lay-off to survive a second-half Vale of Leithen comeback and win 3-2.

Rangers director Paul Murray was in Galashiels last week to promote a new coaching initiative between the Ibrox club and Gala Fairydean Rovers.

In return for the coach education Rangers provide Gala, the Borders side will identify potentially talented players, both at Gala and other clubs in the area, and effectively act as a scout for the Gers.

Murray, who lives in the Borders, said: “There are two aspects to it. Firstly, there is a community element, and it’s really important that a club like Rangers works with the grassroots level of Scottish football to try and improve the game. Obviously, Gala Fairydean are in the Lowland League, but they have a lot of community projects and it’s a good thing for Rangers to support that and try and improve the number of players playing at grassroots level and also improve the quality of those players.

“And we need to rebuild the football infrastructure within the club, both in terms of youth development and identifying players for the future.

“Gala are a really progressive club and they are trying to encourage kids in the Borders to play football.”