Another Ross Allum goal helped Edinburgh City through to the William Hill Scottish Cup second round after a 2-1 win over Coldstream at Meadowbank on Saturday.
Substitute Ryan Wilson had doubled City’s lead before Jack Hay pulled once back for the visitors with three minutes remaining, but the home side held on to progress.
Allum, who netted a hat-trick in City’s 5-1 Lowland League defeat of Preston Athletic a week ago, said: “I probably should have had another hat-trick this week. The goalkeeper’s made about six or seven world-class saves from myself, Ozzy [Mark Osborne] and Ian McFarland so on another day it could have been four or five. We’re in the next round and that’s all that matters.”
The City No. 9 was first to have a go after four minutes. He was fed in the box by strike partner Ross Guthrie, but his powerful shot swerved right and hit the stanchion.
Mark Osborne came close five minutes later before Allum again had an opportunity, but his dipping volley was palmed wide by Coldstream keeper Mark Walters on 17 minutes.
Gary Jardine’s side broke the deadlock on 24 minutes. Allum was fouled on the edge of the D and the striker picked himself up to send the free kick past Walters with the aid of a deflection.
Jaxon Wishart, in for Jordan Caddow at right back, almost doubled the lead a minute before the break, but his goal-bound effort was headed behind for a corner.
The second half went much the same way as the first, with Allum heavily involved.
Captain Dougie Gair was inches away from notching his now customary Scottish Cup goal when his side-foot volley drifted inches wide of the post on 53 minutes.
Osborne should have found the net nine minutes later, but Walters produced a stunning one-handed save to keep his side-foot effort from eight yards out of the net.
Walters again produced a brilliant save with 16 minutes left from John MacDonald after Gair had hit the by-line and cut the ball back.
The inevitable second goal came with 11 minutes left. A well-worked short corner resulted in McFarland teeing up Wilson, who curled the ball first-time into the top corner from the edge of the area.
That appeared to be game over, but Coldstream made it a nervy last few minutes after substitute Jack Hay pounced on a mistake by Mark McConnell and sent the ball under Stobie to halve the deficit.
It was too little too late from the Streamers, however, as City deservedly booked their place in the second round draw.
Manager Gary Jardine said: “It was definitely closer than it should have been.
“We’ve looked at the stats: we had about six cleared off the line, seven or eight blocks in the box and we’ve hit the post. It was only 2-1, but I’m delighted to be through.”
Edinburgh City: Stobie, Wishart, McConnell, MacDonald, Paterson (Stenhouse 81), Mbu, McFarland, Osborne (Wilson 66), Allum, Guthrie (Vanson 45), Gair.
Coldstream: Walters, Devaney (Douglas 88), Wales, Allan, Ainslie, Jackson, Powling, Simpson, Crawford, O’Neil (Hay 70), Rutherford.