Coldstream 2 – 8 Preston Athletic
Central Taxis East of Scotland League
Preston bounced back from last weeks Scottish Cup disappointment with an emphatic victory in the Borders as they put Eight past Coldstream, a side who had beaten the Panners only last month in the League Cup group stage.
The visitors were quick off the mark and had the ball in the net as early as the 2nd minute but Jonny Grotlin was called offside, however they only had a few minutes to wait as Chris Inglis released Grotlin down the left and his cut back found Greg Binnie to tap home. Binnie and Grotlin combined again a few moments later but the latter shot just wide.
Coldstream started to come into the game and were unlucky as a goal mouth scramble saw a deflected effort slip just wide, the home side pulled a goal back on 13 minutes as a long searching ball saw Ben Jackson drift in between the Preston defence and keeper Inglis to lob home. This set back spurred Preston on and Dale Pennycuick’s cross field ball over the Coldstream back line released Grotlin who left the defenders in his wake to slot home, a few minutes later Grotlin scored his 2nd and Preston’s 3rd after more great set up play by Binnie. As the half neared a conclusion Preston’s pacy forward line were causing the home defence all kinds of problems, another swift move by the excellent Grotlin and Binnie resulted into a tap in at the back post for Jay Cochrane. Then in the final minute of the half Alex Dimitrov broke down the left wing, cut inside and drilled home to give the Panners a comfortable 5 – 1 lead at half time.
Coldstream came out with purpose and pulled one back almost immediately through a lovely strike by Gary Windram whose shot from 25 yards found the top corner out of Inglis’ reach. Coldstream continued to push forward without troubling Inglis too much, but then two quick bookings for Preston sub Jack Murray, the 2nd a very debatable decision as Michael Allan appeared to be on his way down before any challenge was made, gave them fresh hope.
It was the Panners however, who increased their lead as Chris Inglis again played a ball down the left to Dimitrov, he outpaced the defence and tucked home from close range. Subs Jack Jardine and Kieran Jack combined for the 7th with the latter tapping home from a yard out and on the final whistle a deep Binnie cross found Jardine to chest down and calmly slot home to complete the rout.
Coldstream: Shiel, Lee, Common, Allan, Johnson(Strang), Jackson, Bullen, Paterson(Bonnington), Corfield, Windram, Brown(Chamberlain).
Preston Athletic: S.Inglis, D.Pennycuick, C.Inglis, Liddle, Campbell, Conway(Murray), Cochrane(Jack), Woodcock, Binnie, Grotlin, Dimitrov(Jardine). Subs: C.Pennycuick(GK), Gilchrist.