Spartans 6-2 Coldstream: John Crawford notches 200th goal in defeat

John Crawford notched up his 200th East of Scotland League goal on Saturday.
John Crawford notched up his 200th East of Scotland League goal on Saturday.

Doubles from Blair Atkinson and Brad Raiker added to by Mark Gair and Andy Howat saw Spartans hit Coldstream for six at Ainslie Park on Saturday.

It was a midfield war of attrition in the opening quarter however, the game burst into life in the 25th minute when the home side were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. Paul Dickson’s effort came crashing off the bar and Mark Gair was first to react and headed into the empty net.

Coldstream didn’t take long to restore parity in the scoreline and it was a historic moment for striker John Crawford who scored his 200th goal for the Borders side, nodding a cross home at the back post. His tremendous feat was warmly applauded by all inside the ground.

It was a ripper from Raiker straight from the restart that saw Spartans restore their lead. Fine individual skill from the talented playmaker saw him weave through the Coldstream defensive guard before executing a great 20 yard strike.

Crawford was to make it 201 goals in Coldstream colours when he turned Ryan Ward’s cross into the net to equalise for the second time in what was turning into a terrific tussle.

Blair Atkinson and Brad Raiker combined to edge Spartans back in front – and it was a lead that they weren’t to surrender.

Spartans put further light between the sides when Raiker cut inside before stroking the ball past the Coldstream keeper. Atkinson then made it five when he capitalised on a stray pass before beating the keeper in a one-on-one.

Andy Howat finished off a good day at the office with ten minutes left on the clock after the tall striker connected with an in-swinging corner to head home and complete the scoring.