CARL Hudson and Andrew Gibson didn’t agree about much during the summer when so many players were moving from Eyemouth to Coldstream and vice versa.
But both managers did agree that a draw was a fair result at the end of what was an eagerly-anticipated derby clash at Home Park.
“There was a lot of emotion with so may former teammates playing against each other,” said Eyemouth manager Hudson after the 1-1 draw. “But overall it was played in the right spirit. I thought we handled ourselves quite well in the first half. Second half, Coldstream came out and came at us and we started to lose the shape a little bit. But the boys put it on the line for us.
“If someone had offered me a 1-1 draw here, the way Coldstream are flying, I would have taken it.”
Coldstream boss Gibson described his team’s first-half performance as the worst 45 minutes of the season.
“In the first half we were absolutely shocking,” he said. “We didn’t get out of the traps until Stuart Coyle hit that wonder goal. That woke us up and we kicked on from there. We had the chances to win it. On reflection, a draw was a fair result.
Gibson, who signed nine players from Eyemouth in the summer and started six of them in this match, felt Eyemouth were more fired up.
“The way Eyemouth came out, they were firing on all cylinders,” he added. “It definitely got their boys geed up. Maybe it had a negative effect on my guys initially. It might be that we were due a bad game. But Eyemouth were up for it. Maybe they felt aggrieved. I think it affected the game slightly.
“There is always pressure in a derby match and this was no different. I thought Eyemouth were brilliant in the first half and I take my hat off to them. They stifled us. But we knew they would struggle to keep it up.
“Before the game I would have considered that two points dropped, but the way it panned out Eyemouth were by far the better team in the first half, so to rescue it and take a point ... I’ll take that. But, really, with the chances we had we should have won it.”