Lambert scores two and sets up another as Coldstream maintain perfect record

Coldstream 3, Selkirk 0: Lee Lambert turned in a virtuoso performance on the flank, scoring two and setting up the other to help Coldstream maintain their 100 per cent record and their place at the top of the table.

With too many minds perhaps thinking ahead to their big Scottish Cup tie the following week, Selkirk were always second best. Two red cards completed a miserable day for the visitors.

Coldstream won their individual battles won all over the park and ran out comfortable winners.

With almost every forward surge being given offside, both sides were growing increasingly frustrated early on. But midway through the half home defender Kieran Ainslie hit the crossbar with a header and Selkirk keeper John Dodds did brilliantly to paw away a looping effort which looked destined for the net.

It was looking like it was going to take something special to open the scoring, but Lambert came up with it by cutting in from the touchline to hit a curling effort into the top corner. This made the game even more open with Selkirk remaining dangerous.

The teams reappeared for the second half knowing that the next goal would be crucial. Jonny Simpson thought he had doubled, but his effort hit the upright and spun across the goal line past the other post. Selkirk then had two glorious opportunities to get on the scoresheet, but in-form goalkeeper Mark Walters denied them with two splendid saves.

Lambert then showed his quality by hitting another shot right into the top corner to double the lead. Moments later he beat Dodds from 35 yards only for the rasping drive to hit the bar and bounce back into the keeper’s hands.

The referee dismissed a Selkirk player to the disbelief of both sides before Aaron Punton headed home from Lambert’s accurate cross to seal all three points.

Coldstream: M Walters, J. Ainslie, D Cornish, K Ainslie, A Punton, L Lambert, G Wales, J Hebdon, S Simpson, J Simpson, J Crawford. Subs: R Baxendale, J McLeod, G McCrudden, M Cornish, M Simpson.