Tynecastle v Coldstream

3pm  18 April 2015

East of Scotland League, Premier Division
Tynecastle 5 Coldstream 1 (att 30)

I don't need much excuse to spend an afternoon in Edinburgh, and news that Tynecastle are leaving their Fernieside Recreation Ground at the season's end was enough for me to head north for this game.

At a time when many clubs at this level are improving their facilities, with eyes on Scottish FA licensing and a potential place in the new Lowland League, it's easy to see why Fernieside's days as a senior football ground are numbered.

It's a pleasant enough place, especially on a sunny afternoon, but essentially it's just a roped off pitch. Seats are laid out to act as "dugouts", and a modern brick pavilion provides changing rooms and somewhere to serve half-time refreshments.

Tynecastle are mid-table in the East if Scotland League's top tier, and despite coming from behind had no problems seeing off bottom-of-the-table Coldstream.

The visitors' early lead, after four minutes on my watch, was well taken but against the run of play. Tynecastle were ahead by the half-hour, and the score remained at 2-1 into half time.

Two goals early in the second half, one a penalty, put Tynecastle firmly in control. At that point they eased off, and with better finishing Coldstream might have found a way back into the game, but a fifth goal towards end rounded off a convincing home win.

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