Western and Grove clash at Bells
07 December 2011
Something will have to give at the top when Milne Craig Western and Grove Menzieshill clash in the game of the day in the Subway indoor national league. Western coach Neil Menzies believes that his young side have matured sufficiently to make a real challenge, and the Grove encounter will be the first real test.
"Last year Grove gave us two extremely competitive games and I would see this season to be no different. There are some changes to their line-up this year, but I would expect their usual disciplined and hard working approach. I believe that should we manage the level of play we achieved in the second half of the CALA game, then we are certainly capable of winning," said Menzies.
Western scored at will in an 11-3 defeat of CALA Edinburgh last week, Anna-Mae Morton notched a hat-trick and there were doubles for Fiona Bruce, Kareena Marshall and Susan McGilveray, similar sharp shooting could test the Grove defence.
Menzies will be without international defender Catriona Ralph due to a hand injury, but in compensation Nicki Skrastin is back after missing last week due to exams. Western`s defence has been stabilised by the return of goalkeeper Amy Gibson, she missed all last indoor season due to a serious leg injury.
Kat Cameron, Grove`s captain, emphasised the great rivalry between the clubs and was wary of the euphoria of the occasion. "For us it`s important to stick to process and not get caught up in the hype. On paper they are the more experienced indoor side, but it`s all about who creates and takes the most chances."
Cameron was content with the six points last weekend, but stressed that there was a big improvement in the second game where the Taysiders defeated Clydesdale 10-1, there was a hat-trick for Louise Baxter and two goals each from Linda Clement, Ailsa Wyllie and Ali Bell. More of the same against Western is what Cameron is expecting of her charges.
Both sides should approach the clash with full points, Western start the day against Grove`s second string while the Dundonians should see off newly promoted Granite City Wanderers.
VWS Dundee Wanderers, now officially in search of a coach to replace Iain Strachan who departed a couple of weeks ago, are in line to advance their cause of retaining the championship with victories over Clydesdale and then Kelburne. However, the Paisley side may not be a foregone conclusion as they sit in fourth place with a win and a draw under their belt from the opening fixtures.
The remaining sides in the division will start to jostle for precious points as Clydesdale, Grove A, Granite City Wanderers and CALA Edinburgh play each other over the day`s programme.