NEITHER side had made much of an impact in their sections of the league cup and neither side made much of an impact in this floodlit East of Scotland League First Division clash at Albert Park last Friday night.
Coldstream ruled the first half, while the Albert were in command in the second period.
All square, well not quite. For there was one important difference – Coldstream managed to score a goal and that was enough to earn the Berwickshire outfit a win.
Watched by a big Albert Park crowd, the match got off to an uninspiring start and there wasn’t a chance created in the opening quarter-of-an-hour.
When one did finally arrive, Coldstream fluffed it as Craig Heugh blasted wide when he was sent clear by a Michael Allan pass.
Under the guidance of recently-appointed manager Andrew Gibson for the first time, Coldstream began to show more enterprise and Martyn Tait sent a header sailing over the bar from a Phil Johnson lay-off.
Tait then drove a shot into the side netting in the Streamers’ next attack.
Coldstream were pushing forward at every opportunity and troubling the Albert with sweeping attacks. But they couldn’t turn their pressure into goals and several good chances were wasted.
Royalists began to show up a little more towards the break and for the first time came close to scoring through efforts from Sean Owens and Liam Lavery.
Early in the second half the homesters were denied a goal by a wonder save from Coldstream keeper Mark Walters. The big number one making a stop right out of the top drawer in diving to tip a rasping net-bound Peter Gellaitry drive over the bar.
With 57 minutes gone, Coldstream took the lead. After making a save from Bryan Tait, Walters booted the ball upfield. Royalists were caught out at the back and Adam Turner darted forward to tuck a shot past Albert keeper Chris Anderson.
In a bid to change the pattern of play, Albert boss Mick Murphy brought substitute Jordan Yardley off the bench and into the Royalists’ front line.
The youngster made an immediate impression with his pace and direct running and had only been on the park a matter of minutes when he broke through and attempted to round the advancing Walters, only to be brought down by the Coldstream keeper. His actions earned Walters a red card and for the remainder of the match Royalists pushed forward for an equaliser.
Lavery, Owens and Luke Cooper all came close to obliging, but Coldstream, who were well marshalled at the back by the experienced Johnson, held out to gain the honours.
After watching his side tumble to their seventh defeat of the season, Albert boss Mick Murphy said: “For the first 45 minutes we were never in the game. In the second half we started to play a little, but we were denied a goal by a fantastic save by the Coldstream keeper.
“Coldstream then scored and after this we woke up and had plenty of chances, but we just couldn’t score, and if you don’t get goals, you don’t win games.”