GHK and Wildcats in pole position

It`s tight at the top of the Premierships after today`s matches, in the women`s GHK have resumed pole position but share it with Clydesdale Western courtesy of three more goals scored, while Wildcats still retain top spot but only on goal difference from a rising Inverleith.

Wildcats found themselves 4-1 down against a vibrant Edinburgh University side at Auchenhowie, courtesy of a hat-trick from Keir Robb.

Robb opened in the first quarter but the lead was short lived as Callum Duke replied for the home side. But the students were undaunted and Robb again along with Tobias Loeff gave Edinburgh a 3-1 lead at the interval.

Robb completed his hat-trick at the start of the third quarter for a 4-1 lead. However, the Wildcats collected their composure and clawed their way back into the contest. Andy McConnell scored twice from the spot within the space of five minutes and the equaliser came from Niall Somerville – all in the third quarter.

Fighting for the ball. Western Wildcats v Edinburgh University men at Auchenhowie. Photo by Duncan Gray.
Western Wildcats v Edinburgh University. Photo: Duncan Gray

In comparison to the rest of the exciting contest, the fourth quarter was a bit of an anti-climax with no further goals and a share of the points.

The students` player/coach Hamish Imrie might have considered a draw against Wildcats at Auchenhowie a good result, but perhaps not after squandering a 4-1 lead.

In contrast Grange were on top form against Dundee Wanderers on Tayside and came away with a 9-0 victory. The contest was over by the interval with two opening strikes from Charlie Jack and a spot conversion from Albert Rowling.

The second half continued the avalanche of goals, there were two goals each for Callum Milne and Jacob Tweedie while the league`s top scorer Fraser Heigh also pitched in with a double.

Inverleith slipped into second spot following a 4-3 win over Clydesdale at Titwood. The catalyst was a hat-trick from Livio Belotti while Kyle Taylor got the other.

Kelburne are still there abouts only two points off the top after a 2-2 draw at Uddingston – but they retained their unbeaten record so far. Again it appeared that the youngsters on both sides were to the fore, Jay Berry with a reverse stick shot into the roof of the net and a penalty corner strike by Mikey Nicol were the Paisley scorers, while Louis Gardiner and Finn Halliday at a penalty corner replied for the Lanarkshire side.

Hillhead hauled themselves off the bottom of the table after seeing off Grove Menzieshill 6-1 for their first points of the season. Fraser Ward was the hero with four goals, the others came from Andrew Black and Murray Ross, Chris McFadden got the Dundonians` consolation.

After a few weeks in limbo Watsonians finally made their mark with a 3-2 win over Dunfermline Carnegie. The Fifers led though a solo effort from Ryan McCurry but Paul Ritchie replied at a penalty corner rebound into the bottom corner.

Carnegie took the lead for the second time at a penalty corner goal at the back post from Martin Daw but again the Edinburgh side levelled through a deflection by Andrew Fraser Harris. The winner came from player/coach Dan Coultas, again at a penalty corner, but from a shot into the roof of the net after the initial shot had been blocked.

Clydesdale Western were rather predictable winners at Titwood against Uddingston, but the 4-0 margin might have been much greater but for a series of saves from keeper Heather Elder.

It was only 1-0 for Clydesdale at the interval but Uddingston finally ran out of steam and Emma McGregor (2), Heather Lang and Lexi Sabatelli were on target for Clydesdale.

But GHK are marginally ahead in top spot after a 3-1 win at Glasgow University, although they have a game more played. GHK romped into a three goal lead through a double from Skye Stuart and another from Carly Bisset although Catriona Humphery did reply for the students but not enough to prevent the valuable three points going to GHK.

Edinburgh University joined Glasgow and Watsonians on nine points after beating Wildcats 2-1 at Auchenhowie, Rachel Bain scored for the home side.

Watsonians certainly showed the way to goal with a 9-0 win over Dundee Wanderers, Katie MacCallum scored a hat-trick, Sarah Jamieson got two and the others came from Nikki Stobie, Emily Dark, Ellie Stott and finally Heather Tait.

Gordonians have moved up to fifth in the table with a 2-1 home win over Erskine Stewart`s Melville, Heather Howie was on target with a double before the Edinburgh side got a very late consolation at a penalty corner.

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