Goals was the name of the game in this free-scoring encounter in which championship-chasing and promotion-seeking United ended up being defeated 6-4 at Coldstream Amateurs.
Talking of his side’s fall, United assistant manager John Paul Drysdale said, “We had five cry -ffs on Saturday morning, which was just a disaster and had to go to Coldstream with a much weakened side. We started the game well enough but after losing a goal our heads went down and at half time were 4-0 down. However, we fought back well and at one time it was 5-4 to Coldstream. We were really chasing the game then but Coldstream went on to score a sixth. Considering the team we fielded we played well enough but we brought about our own problems”.
Coldstream took the lead on the ten minute mark and duly went on to score a further thrice before half time.
Early in the second period Kevin Strathdee opened United’s account in putting away a Ross Scott pass.
David Strathdee then reduced the leeway further in blasting home a free kick.
After Coldstream had grabbed a fifth Kevin Strathdee netted again for the the Tangerines following good play by Ross Wallace.
Minutes later, the Coldstream keeper thwarted United in pulling off a superb save from Luke Shanley.
A goal was only delayed though. In a goalmouth stramash, Shanley hit the post with a shot. The rebound broke to Kevin Strathdee who had an effort blocked by a defender. All was not lost however for Joe Wallace brought an end to matters by shooting into the net.
Coldstream had the last say by netting a sixth.