Coldstream 2-0 Spartans Reserves

Kieran Ainslie volleyed home the opening goal for Coldstream.
Kieran Ainslie volleyed home the opening goal for Coldstream.

Coldstream took a huge step towards safety in the East of Scotland League Premier Division with a hard-fought victory at Home Park.

In windy conditions which made it difficult for both sides, Neil Oliver’s men were resilient.

They defended well, edged the physical battle and took their chances when they came along.

The opening goal came midway through the first half when Gary Wales fizzed in a low corner from the right. It found Kieran Ainslie in a pocket of space eight yards out, and he connected sweetly with a volley to fire low into the net.

The goal was slightly against the run of play at that stage of what was an evenly-contested match.

But although Spartans had lots of the ball they found it difficult to break through a resolute Streamers back four marshalled by Ainslie alongside fellow defenders Michael Allan, Jake Birkett and Richard Baxendale.

Victory was secured 15 minutes from time when excellent work from Jonny Simpson on the left wing allowed substitute Collum Peoples to bundle over the line from close range.

Coldstream: Walters, Allan, Baxendale, Birkett, Ainslie, Douglas (L Cannon 80), Wales (Peoples 72), McCrudden, Crawford, Devaney, J Simpson (Poweling 89).