Peebles Rovers 0
Coldstream finally threw off their autumn of discontent and made it bright with this fine and sometimes bad tempered win against Peebles Rovers at Whinstone Park.
Hagen Steele scored the only goal to give the Streamers all three points and move them up to sixth place in the league albeit with only four points.
Manager Grant Davidson made four changes from last week’s team with Josh Hebdon and Paul Hossack replacing the suspended Ingles and the unavailable Beesley.
Bowling made his first start at right-back with Nisbet dropping to the bench..
The Blues struggled to retain early possession and Peebles won a series of early corners which proved fruitless.
The back four was solid and the Peebles forwards could make no headway so much so that the dangerous forward Ndiweni had to drop back to try and force the issue.
The home keeper spilled a dangerous cross under pressure from Crawford and was relieved to see the ball hacked clear.
He then made the first save of the match when he turned a fierce Crawford drive behind for a corner. The prolific Crawford went close again when he flicked on a long clearance to see the ball drift past.
The deadlock was broken five minutes after the restart when Steele scored. Crawford was fouled near the centre circle. Brown took the free-kick and Crawford flicked the ball on to the advancing Steele, who finished from a tight angle much to the delight of the travelling support. Coldstream tails were now up and Howel shot wide.
Walters was finally in action when he easily saved a long-range effort from Rossi to keep the status quo. With Hossack and Hebdon excelling at the back Coldstream looked threatening and Bowling sent Howel clear only for Smith to foul to sop his advance.
With time running out Peebles claimed a penalty when Hossack tackled Lindsay in the box. The referee was having none of it and Marshall was so incensed he was red carded for his many profanities just before the final whistle.
Ndiweni, Smith, Brown, Mackay, and Lindsay for Peebles were booked with Marshall receiving a straight red. Steele and Crawford for Coldstream were also booked.
The chairman David Lauder made Josh Hebdon man ot the match to the unanimous approval of the fans.
Coldstream : Walters, Bowling, Johnston, Hebdon, Hossack, Lee, Steele ( Dixon ), Brown, Crawford, Howel, Gray. Subs : Nisbet, Dixon.