High hopes but not getting carried away at Home

Berwickshire football side Coldstream have strong ambitions for next season, whenever precautions against coronavirus allow the domestic game to begin again.

Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 12:50 pm
Kieran Ainslie playing for Coldstream (archive image)

The Home Park side has voted in favour of the recommendation from the East of Scotland League board to conclude the 2019-20 campaign, based on the number of points per games played when football across the country was halted in mid-March, with no relegation issues.

Fellow member clubs have also been casting their votes this week, with the deadline for responses being noon tomorrow (Friday).

Coldstream manager Kieran Ainslie reckoned it was the right way forward in terms of fairness and clarity.

“That’s the only fair way to do it, for me,” he said.

“Everyone loves football but, the way the world is at the moment, there are more important things. That’s the only imperative.”

Coldstream finished in seventh place out of 12 in the Central Taxis East of Scotland League Conference ‘B’, with 31 points, having played 22 league games, nine at home and 13 away.

They won 10 (four at home, six away), drew one (away) and lost 11 (five at home and six on the road), scoring 42 goals and conceding 51.

Fellow Borderers Tweedmouth Rangers were ninth on 16 points, with Hawick Royal Albert United 10th (15 points).

It suited Coldstream to get a bit of clarity, as the side could look ahead to the next campaign, said Ainslie, adding: “We have high hopes for next season.”

Better form last term might have seen the Streamers in a promotion fight, he added.

“We’re not saying we will be promoted, as it’s a tough league. But it’s a league we feel we can compete in a lot better,” said Ainslie. “The nucleus of the squad is committing to us for next season anyway. We have an ambition to improve in the next season and hope at least to reach the top half of the table if we can.”