Coldstream 4 Tweedmouth Rangers 2
This was the eagerly anticipated ‘full international’ coupled with a derby match. To add spice the visitors’ team contained many players who had previously graced the green sward of Home Park.
After an encouraging start the Blues took the lead in the 12th minute when Steele’s cross from the right was volleyed home by Robin Brown.
Unfortunately, this lead was short lived and the equaliser arrived courtesy of ex-Streamer Ben Jackson whose looping header left Walters stranded.
Notwithstanding this setback the lead was restored three minutes from the interval when Steele intercepted a short back pass to round Rangers’ keeper and roll the ball into the empty net.
More excitement was to follow right on the half-time whistle when Brown cut the ball back from the byeline for Crawford to stab the ball home to make the score 3-1 at half-time.
The visitors were by no means down and out and ex-Streamers Ainslie and Coyle combined for the latter to head home into the top corner of the net.
Their tails were now up and Jackson came close to equalising when a goal bound header was deflected onto the bar by Lee. Walters then made a glorious save from the same player’s free-kick.
Having survived this spell of pressure the Blue’s nerves were settled on the hour mark when Steele’s free-kick evaded everybody to nestle in the corner of the visitors’ net to much raucous celebrations from the boys in the Shed.
Crawford then twice went close to increasing the home lead as the game wound down to a finale with skipper Hossack leading his defence in fine style to snuff out any chance of Tweedmouth getting back in the game.
The sponsors, Michael and Freddie Hanlon, voted Paul Hossack man of the match and a well-deserved accolade it was.
Coldstream: Walters, Logan, S.Dixon, Hossack, Lee, K.Dixon, Hebdon, Crawford, Steele, Brown. Subs: Bowling, Johnston, Gray, R.Dixon, Howel.