Stirling University 2
By kick-off the early rain had cleared and a watery sun beamed down on a reinvigorated Home Park as the Blues sought a home win to move up the league table.
The early play was mostly in the Coldstream half and Dey missed an open goal as early as the fifth minute.
However, a goal was not long in coming when Walters spilled a shot into the path of the on-rushing McNaught, who scored easily.
Beesley did have a good chance for the Blues when put through, but McLean did well to save with his legs.
Shortly afterwards Brown crashed a fierce volley off the visitors’ bar before Dey hit the post at the other end with Walters stranded.
Brown then conceded a needless penalty which Walters brilliantly saved from, thus redeeming his earlier error. Stirling were still on top, although clear-cut chances were few and far between. When they did occur Coldstream were lucky when twice Stirling miskicked in front of an open goal.
With the Streamers very much on the back foot, University went two up with a fine shot from Ball. Just before the half-time whistle Beesley struck the bar with a speculative shot.
The break was a welcome relief for the Homesters, who had looked disjointed and out of sorts and missed top scorer Crawford with a viral infection.
The half-time talk from manager Davidson and a strong cup of tea changed the game as Coldstream came out fighting and in much better shape. Lee had the ball in the net but it was chalked off by the referee.
The boys in the shed cheered at last when Steele scored after good work by Beesley to keep the ball in play. Coldstream tails were up and Hebdon equalised with a great shot into the corner with McLean well beaten.
Overall, while Coldstream looked the liklier winners in the second half, a draw was probably a fair result cosidering the visitors dominance before the break. Bring on next Saturday with a Scotland v England clash and the visit of newcomers Tweedmouth Rangers.
Coldstream: Walters, Davidson, Johnston, Dixon, Hossack, Lee, Gray, Hebdon, Steele, Beesley, Brown. Subs: Logan, Bowling, Howel.