Tweedside thriller

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Kelso United 4

Coldstream 5

EoS FIRST DIVISION

GEORGE RILEY reports from Woodside Park

The Woodside crowd were thoroughly entertained by this nine-goal thriller between these local rivals, with the away team taking the points.

It was a four-goal blitz in 10 minutes midway through the first half by Coldstream which proved too much for the Tweedsiders.

There were strong claims for a penalty in the 15th minute when Streamers’ full back Daniel Cornish knocked the ball away with his hand in his own penalty box, but to everybody’s amazement Falkirk referee Paul Crosbie waved play on.

However, the home side took the lead five minutes later when Chris Black and Mark Lockhart combined well and the latter crossed to the back post, where Des Burnett was lurking to put the ball in the net.

United’s lead only lasted a few seconds – the visitor’s Craig Heugh picked up the ball and fired a shot into the top left-hand corner of the net.

The Streamers took the lead three minutes later when right winger Michael Allan beat both Black and Lockhart to sweep the ball into the penalty area and striker John Crawford was first to react to sidefoot a shot past Simmonds.

The visitors made it three in the 29th minute when a long ball was launched from defence and Turner got behind the Kelso back line and sent a powerful right-foot shot beyond the diving Simmonds.

A minute later and the United keeper was picking the ball out the net for the fourth time.

After a good run down the right, Allan sent a searching cross into the box, where Turner headed on to Crawford and the number nine swept the ball home.

The second half was four minutes old when United started their revival, as good interplay in midfield from Chris Tait and Damien McNulty set up Jamie Swailes, who unleashed a terrific strike which settled in the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Fifteen minutes from full time, United clawed the score back to 3-4. The ball was passed back to keeper Kerr McLernon, but after trying to take a touch, the Coldstream stopper was robbed by Burnett. He found Lockhart, whose shot struck the roof of the net from 20 yards.

Kelso hit the bar before Coldstream made it five Stuart Harker controlling a long ball to let Crawford score his hat-trick.

Kelso were awarded a penalty one minute later when Martyn Tait handled a long throw-in from Swailes, Burnett scoring from the spot.

But the Tweedsiders could not get the equaliser they desperately wanted.

Kelso United: D. Simmonds, J. McCutcheon, C. Black, L. Henderson (J. Milner 62), S. Harker, D. McNulty, C. Webb (G. Mabon 67), C. Tait, D. Burnett, J. Swailes, M. Lockhart.