Shippy blow comfortable half-time lead.
A sensational second half collapse saw the Shipyard concede five goals to Coldstream in a match the Shippy could have had wrapped up at half-time. Indeed, the only surprise was that the home team were only 2-0 up at the interval having dominated most of the half, having created some decent chances. The Shipyard had a couple of new faces in their ranks with Mikey Couser taking the gloves and Iain Millar making his debut after being released by Hill of Beath.
The Shippy created the first chance in the 8th minute when Mark James saw his driven shot deflected for a corner. A minute later Connor Drury saw his effort from a tight angle come back off the outside of the post. Having scored last week James was more confident to shoot and that confidence paid off when he gave his side the lead in the 17th minute. Jamesy made himself some space outside the box and he cracked in a left foot drive that nestled in the bottom corner giving William Stewart in the Coldstream goal no chance. When Stewart was next called into action he produced a spectacular stop to save his team from falling further behind. A James free-kick was headed back across goal by Millar and Ewan Henderson’s close range volley looked a certain goal until Stewart somehow kept it out. James then saw a headed effort cleared off the line with a strong suspicion of handball, however it appeared the referee was unsighted and let play go on. John Crawford had an opportunity for the visitors after a defensive mistake but he was unable to get his strike on target. The Shipyard got the second goal their play merited in the 39th minute when James again let fly and was unlucky to see his 30yard drive crash back off the bar, however, Pete Bell was on hand to knock the rebound home.
The second half was a totally different affair though the first action saw a Drury corner come back off the Coldstream crossbar before the loose ball was cleared. The Streamers were back in the match after 50 minutes when Ashley Langford took a fine pass and showed good composure to lob the ball over Couser. It was all square seven minutes later when Regan Graham’s first time drive from the edge of the box found the bottom left hand corner of the net. The Shipyard almost regained the lead in the 75th minute when substitute Darrell Anthony was only inches away from Scott Devaney’s excellent cross. It was the visitors who took the lead after 77 minutes when Crawford saw his angled drive find the corner of the net. The game was end to end with both teams looking dangerous as they went forward and it was the Shippy who got the equaliser with a debut goal for Millar. Big Millsy had driven forward, exchanged passes with Anthony and he stroked the ball home from around nine yards. The visitors immediately regained the lead when their forward found space in the box and was able fire home with nine minutes remaining. As the match moved into added time the Shippy spurned a glorious chance to take a point from the match when Drury burst clear but with just Stewart to beat, it appeared the ball took a bobble as he shot which saw his effort sail harmlessly off target. To rub salt into the Shipyard wounds Coldstream went straight up the park and won a penalty when Bell brought down his opponent on the edge of the area. There was no doubt about the red card decision however, Bell was adamant that the foul took place outside the box. Langford made no mistake from the spot to ensure that all three points went back to the borders.
Manager Raymond Drury had little to say after the match other than “This was the reverse performance of the last two games where we have dominated the second half’s. Today in the first half we were good and should have been three or four up. In the second we didn’t carry forward out first half performance and conceded some poor goals. We will train hard and we go again next week”.
Burntisland Shipyard: M. Couser; C. Lowe; I. Millar; A. MacDonald; B. Couper; P. Bell; S. Devaney; M. James; E. Henderson (G. McCann); C. Drury; A. Doig (D. Anthony). Unused Subs: R. Steele; E. Anderson; G. Haywood.
Coldstream: W. Stewart; B. Maxwell; J. Doncaster; I. Chalmers; A. Vannini (K. Ingram); J. Inglis; G. Wales; P. Hossack; J. Crawford (D. Sutherland); A. Langford; R. Graham.
Referee: B. Cooper.