Hawick United 2
Coldstream Amateurs 5
BAL DIVISION B
JOHN SLORANCE reports from Wilton Lodge Park
In what turned out to be a free-scoring encounter, Coldstream got off to a dream start by taking the lead in the second minute.
Steven Reid emerged the Streamers marksman after being put in the clear by an Andrew Tait pass.
United came rallying back and, with 14 minutes gone, got on level terms when Kevin Strathdee drilled home a Luke Shanley cut-back.
Coldstream keeper Stuart Black prevented the homesters from edging in front with a fine save from Andrew McFarlane.
With both sides pushing forward, the action was swinging from end to end and after 33 minutes, Chris Bailie notched a second for Coldstream, finding the net with a well-struck 35yd free kick.
Eight minutes into the second half, Andy Guthrie put Hawick into further arrears.
Within five minutes, however, Strathdee reduced the leeway, slotting away a penalty.
After Strathdee and Michael Moir had both gone close to netting for Hawick, Coldstream struck again.
Reid drove in a free kick that took a deflection off the Hawick defensive wall and the ball sailed into the corner of the net.
In the 85th minute, Coldstream made it a nap hand as Darren Simpson floated over a cross and Steven Waugh did the rest, driving the ball past United keeper Kevin Miller.