KELSO UNITED 0
John Crawford scored four as Coldstream smashed local rivals Kelso in the first East of Scotland league game of the season at Woodside Park.
The first half was quite competitive and Kelso were only one goal down at the break, but the Streamers totally ruled the second period and punished the home side with a further six goals.
“It is going to be a long hard season for Kelso if the second half display is repeated,” said Kelso manager Prof Blaikie.
“I thought the boys held their own in the first 45 minutes, but after the break we lost our way and were well beaten.”
Kelso created the first opportunity of the game when a Jordan Hopkinson cross from the left to the back post was just out of the reach of Logan Palmer running in on goal.
Then Daniel Gillie almost capitalised on a slip by visitors’ keeper Luc Glasper, but the No.1 retrieved the ball in the nick of time.
The visitors had a glimpse of goal as Michael Allen launched a free kick into the box and striker Ashley Langford rose above the defence, but headed wide.
A cross from the right by Hopkinson found Ewan Hutchison in space in the penalty area, but the young midfielder failed to take advantage.
Coldstream took the lead just after the half-hour mark, a shot from Des Sutherland from 20 yards taking a deflection off a defender and out of the reach of home keeper Darren Bowie.
Gillie was through on the keeper three minutes from the break following a mistake in the Coldstream back line, but Glasper saved well.
Five minutes after the restart, the visitors increased their advantage. A corner on the left was not cleared by the Kelso defence and Langford was on hand to fire home.
Shortly after the team in blue made it three as Crawford latched on to a loose ball and made no mistake from close range.
Crawford got his second goal just after the hour-mark as he converted with a flashing header from a pinpoint cross from Langford.
Goal five came in the 79th minute as a cross from the right caused mayhem in the home back unit and Crawford bundled it over the line to claim his hat-trick.
Nine minutes from time, Sutherland got his second as he produced a powerful 30-yard shot which gave keeper Bowie no chance as it ripped into the top corner.
In the penultimate minute, Coldstream completed the scoring as Crawford shot under the diving Bowie following good work by substitute Daniel Simpson.