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Spartans secure three points in eight goal thriller

NECN Contributor1 28th February 2016 Local News, sport Comments Off on Spartans secure three points in eight goal thriller

Spartans East of Scotland side earned a vital three points in an eight goal thriller at Ainslie Park yesterday.

The home side welcomed Borders club Coldstream to North Edinburgh and the home team took the lead on the half hour mark.

A Paul Dickson freekick from around 30 yards beats the keeper but crashes of the bar.

A Paul Dickson freekick from around 30 yards beats the keeper but crashes of the bar.

A perfectly placed shot from Paul Dickson rattled the crossbar before Mark Gair headed the ball into the net.

Their lead was short lived when a cross into the box found Coldstream’s goal machine, John Crawford, his header found the back of the net and also ensured he reached his 200th goal in East of Scotland football.

Local lad Brad Raiker put Spartans in front with a wonder strike from the edge of the box smashed into the top corner.

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On the hour mark Crawford again levelled it with another header after the ball was crossed in from the wing.

Blair Atkinson put Spartans ahead for the third time in the game when he broke the offside and rounded the advancing keeper and slotted the ball into the empty net.

Minutes later Raiker put any hopes of a comeback to bed when his perfectly placed shot nestled low in the corner of the net.

Before the game ended Atkinson got another and Andy Howat also got on the scoresheet.

Elsewhere in East of Scotland action Muirhouse club Civil Service Strollers headed to Fife to take on in form side Burntisland Shipyard.

The home side had some good play but Civil proved too strong on the day and ran out one nil winners.

In the Lowland League and Spartans travelled to play Gala Fairydean Rovers.

Spartans ran out 6-2 winners with Dean Horribine bagging a hat-trick.

Ross Gray, David Greenhill and Academy favourite Jack Beesley also got on the score

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