Two goalkeepers sent off as three see red in derby

TWEEDMOUTH RANGERS 2COLDSTREAM 6Both goalkeepers were amongst three players shown red cards during this Tweedside derby at Old Shielfield.

Wednesday, 21st August 2019, 4:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th September 2019, 4:47 pm

First to go was the home side’s Danny Fletcher leaving outfield player Jordan Crombie to take over between the posts for three quarters of the match. The Berwickshire team lost William Stewart for a similar offence of ‘denying a goal scoring opportunity’ with Matt Corfield donning the green jersey for the final nine minutes.

Coldstream found themselves a goal down in the ninth minute, Regan Graham’s volley hitting the net after Tweedmouth broke upfield.

Coldstream levelled with a simple nod from Briggs after Ross Straughan, on the end of Sam Dawson’s long free kick, headed the ball across to him from the far post.

With his defenders caught out by Kieran Lee’s astute long ball, Fletcher was on his own as recipient Renton raced towards goal. He was abruptly stopped by the keeper’s illegal challenge. Renton was fine after treatment but Fletcher took no further part in the game.

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Briggs did score again, and in style. This lead lasted just four minutes. Campbell picking his spot with deadly accuracy. Alas for the hosts, Coldstream hit back straight from the kick off with Briggs completing his hat-trick. They made it 4-2 before the break. Renton crossed, Briggs’ attempted back heel flick going into the net off McLeod.

There wasn’t much between the teams in the second half although Briggs extended the margin with a 55th minute penalty awarded when McLeod fouled Lee and it became 6-2 thanks to a Tommy Malcolm strike.

Robinson then looked certain to score, but he was fouled by keeper Stewart who became the second player to see red.

Five minutes from time, Kieran Cromarty was dismissed after collecting a second caution. It presented Briggs, who had already hit the post, with the prospect of going nap from a second penalty but Crombie dived the right way and saved it.

There was still time for a Dawson free kick to shake the bar whilst Tweedmouth wasted a late chance of a consolation.