Rovers lose tight Borders derby tussle

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Coldstream 3

Peebles Rovers 2

EoS FIRST DIVISION

MAURICE GORDON reports from Home Park

IN AN entertaining derby, Coldstream edged out Peebles, with all five goals coming in an exciting second half.

Coldstream made the brighter start, with John Nisbet being kept busy in the Peebles goal.

But as the visitors got into their stride, Mark Walters also brought off a couple of excellent saves at the opposite end to thwart scoring attempts from Ronald Fleming and Craig Edgar.

Indeed, Peebles came close to breaking the deadlock after 32 minutes when, from a corner-kick, Fleming picked out Peter Conaghan who was on target with a header until Walters tipped the ball over his crossbar.

Play continued to rage from end to end but despite chances for both sides the match was still goalless at half time.

Coldstream opened the scoring after 52 minutes when a Daniel Cornish corner-kick from the right picked out John Crawford who beat Nisbet with a downwards header.

The Steamers added a second four minutes later after Nisbet had failed to gather in a Cornish corner-kick and the loose ball broke kindly to Phil Johnson, who bundled it over the Peebles goal-line.

Peebles reduced the leeway just 60 seconds later when, after a neat build-up, Edgar sent in a cracking shot which was deflected by Paul Cowe past the helpless and wrong-footed Walters.

Coldstream then grabbed a third counter when John Crawford slotted the ball home from close range.

Rovers scored their second four minutes from full-time when, from a Nicky Cairns corner-kick, Craig Edgar gave Walters no chance with a flashing header.

The visitors put in a strong finish with a spell of desperate pressure, but the home defence were equal to the task.

Peebles Rovers: J. Nisbet, Ron. Fleming, S. Galloway, J. Girdwood (G. Shortreed), A. Williamson, N. Cairns, P. Conaghan, M. McKenzie, C. Edgar, G. Knox (C. Nwanze), M. Holness (Ray Fleming).