Western face battle to avoid relegation in Europe
12 June 2011
A very young and relatively inexperienced Milne Craig Clydesdale Western squad slipped to 3-2 defeat in the crucial final group game against Austrian side HC Wels in Club Champions Challenge leaving them in a relegation dog fight with the French side CA Montrouge tomorrow.
Despite starting quite well and winning a series of short corners, Western were unable to make the most of these chances and paid the penalty when a defensive error led to the Austrians taking a lead into the interval.
Wels then increased the advantage early in the second period when possession was once again surrendered all too easily. Western however did respond and captain Sam Judge reduced the arrears courtesy of a set piece goal but minutes later Wels were awarded a penalty stroke to restore the two goal lead.
Nicki Scrastin managed a further goal but it was only to prove to be a consolation in a game where Western's inability to take opportunities created came back to haunt them once again.
Tomorrow will be sure to be a very tense affair with a win a necessity to ensure survival