Crawford to the four in Home Park rout

Coldstream 5

Kelso United 2


GEORGE RILEY reports from Home Park

COLDSTREAM striker John Crawford made it past 30 goals for the season with a four-strike tally against Kelso at a blustery Home Park.

United started on the front foot and should have gone ahead in the 10th minute when Damien McNulty sent Mark Lockhart through on goal, and with only Coldstream keeper Mark Walters to beat, the striker’s effort hit the keeper’s legs before rebounding to Liam Wallace, who shot wide.

Coldstream went ahead in the 17th minute when Craig Heugh robbed Kelso defender Craig Ferguson down the right side. After scampering down the wing, the number 10 crossed for Crawford, whose shot got a slight deflection off a United defender and looped over Gary McBride, hitting the underside of the bar before going in the net.

On the half-hour mark the home side increased their lead when Michael Allan crossed a waist-high ball at pace which went straight through to Crawford, who calmly placed a right-foot shot past the United keeper.

Coldstream went three up eight minutes before the break and it was that man Crawford again who managed to scramble the ball into the net following some good work down the left by Adam Turner.

United had a chance in the last minute of the half when a Tait header just went wide from a free kick.

The wind, which was in Coldstream’s favour in the first half, was now helping the visitors, who went close five minutes after the restart when a snap shot from McNulty was pushed out by the home keeper into the path of Lockhart, but the United man failed to take advantage.

The Streamers increased their lead nine minutes into the half when a corner from the left from Kristian Neill was completely missed by Calum Webb defending the front post and Adam Turner was on hand to poke the ball home.

United eventually got a goal on the hour mark when Chris Black swung in a corner from the left and Tait out-muscled the Berwickshire defence to head into the net.

Only two minutes later, Crawford got his fourth when a mistake, this time by Stuart Harker, let in Adam Turner, who crossed for the striker to fire past McBride.

United managed to get a goal back when again from a Black corner Lockhart managed to get in front of the defence and put the ball beyond Walters.

Kelso United: G. McBride, C. Ferguson, G. Mabon, S. Tait, S. Harker, D. McNulty, C. Black, J. Swailes (J. Milner), M. Lockhart, L. Wallace, C. Webb.