Stirling Univ 2-3 Coldstream

Not many pundits would of fancied Coldstream ahead of their long trip North to table topping Stirling University, but on a sodden pitch in torrential rain it was Andrew Gibson’s men that rained in the goals with a trio of second half strikes ensuring that the points were taken back to the Borders.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 4th November 2013, 1:42 pm

In the deluge of rain, the Streamers did not start the game well at all, conceding early on after failing to clear a corner. Going behind seemed to act as a catalyst, however and midway through the half the men in blue began to knock the ball about well looking for a leveller from open play, whilst also threatening from various set pieces around the Students goal area. The trickery of Craig Heugh down the left was causing all sorts of problems for the Student’s right back and it was through his slick feet that he could easily have won his side a penalty, only for play to be waved on by the referee with the winger sent flying in the box.

Despite a notable height advantage in favour of the home side, the Coldstream defence dealt with the home side’s set pieces well throughout the half which built up their confidence and gave them the belief that they could get themselves back into the match and defeat the undefeated Premier Division leaders.

The visitors came out after the interval looking focused and intent on getting an equaliser and moments into the second half a free kick in the right wing position was majestically delivered into the Uni box from the boot of Lee Lambert - Matty Travis slotting home to level the scores.

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Coldstream continued to press the game after this and looked like adding to their tally only to lose possession in the middle of the park. A counter attack from the students led to their left winger, who impressed all afternoon, skipping past Jake Birkett to hit a shot goalwards past Lucas Glasper in the Coldstream goal. Kieran Ainslie’s attempts to keep it out were to no avail, helping the ball over the line with his momentum.

This didn’t deter the Borders club though and they were soon back on the attack. A few half chances arrived before Lambert proceeded to drill a superb strike off the bar which striker Sean Simpson was the first to react to - sprinting in to follow up the rebound to nod home a deserved equaliser. Not content to sit on the draw, Coldstream went for the win and it was the impressive Aaron Punton who was to turn out to be the hero, turning in the box to hit a rocket of a shot into the top corner of the net to give his side a late advantage.

The last ten minutes saw some frantic yet effective Coldstream defending and it paid off come the final whistle with a win at the title favourites delighting everyone involved with the club to lift them to seventh position in the league just two points off second.

Coldstream: Glasper, Birkett, Allan, Ainslie (C) , Cannon, Wales, Heugh, Punton, Travis, Lambert, S. Simpson . SUBS - Brown, Turner, Crawford.