Grange and Edinburgh University sit top of the tables

After today`s games Grange still have a six point cushion at the top of men`s National League 1 while Edinburgh University have moved into pole position in the women`s league by three points but Clydesdale Western still have a game in hand.

The top of the table clash between Edinburgh University and Clydesdale Western seemed to be heading for a draw until Laura Swanson took the honours with an overtime penalty corner conversion. Before that Louise Campbell`s strike was cancelled out by Western`s Heather Lang.

Western Wildcats clawed their way into second spot with a 2-0 win at Hillhead, the goals came from Emily Powers in the first half and a spot conversion from Kate Holmes after the interval.

Four goals by Emily Dark were the catalyst in Dundee Wanderers` seven goal victory over Glasgow University on Tayside. The other goals came from Charlotte Watson, Vikki Bunce and Sophia Fee.

Watsonians moved back into fifth spot after seeing off bottom side Grange 7-1 at Fettes. Keith Smith`s charges were two up at the interval, Bethan Mann opened with a brave deflection, to be followed by a close range strike from Georgia Jones.

Jones scored her own second with a deflection for the third while penalty corner strikes from Heather Tait and Lucy Lanigan brought the total to five. Lucy Lanigan then added a fifth after rounding the keeper, then Ellie Mackenzie out-ran the Grange defence and finished with a reverse stick shot into the roof of the net.

Grove Menzieshill moved back to sixth after drawing 0-0 with GHK. While the GHK keeper produced a series of saves to frustrate the Dundonians, coach David Stott did confess to 53 circle penetrations and eleven missed penalty corners – “back to the drawing board” was his final comment. GHK however, take the credit for a battling defensive performance.

2 March 2019 at Peffermill, Edinburgh
Scottish League Division 1 match – Edinburgh University v Clydesdale Western – photo by Duncan Gray

In men`s National League 1 Grange were comfortable 6-0 winners over neighbours Watsonians at Fettes. The contest was effectively over by the interval, Duncan Riddell opened the scoring from open play, Frank Ryan doubled the tally following a pass from Dan Coultas, and finally Cammie Fraser added a third. In the second half Jacob Tweedie scored twice, the first when he got a final touch to a cross from the right, then he lifted the ball over the keeper after a passing movement involving Ali Irvine. Fraser completed the scoring when he followed up at a penalty corner.

Western Wildcats still have their claws on second spot after a 4-2 win at Hillhead. Western Wildcats were two up at the interval through two penalty corner conversions by Hamish Galt. Fraser Calder and Andrew McAllister added further goals for Western Wildcats in the second half while Johnny Horm and Jude Boselem replied for Hillhead, but not enough to change the course of the contest.

Grove Menzieshill returned to winning ways after a couple of recent draws with a 2-1 victory over Kelburne at Glasgow Green, but it was a bit of a tough contest for the Taysiders. Euan Cuthill opened the scoring with a tap in after a cross ball from Jamie Golden. But slack defending from the Dundonians gave Kelburne a scoring opportunity and Chris Nelson took full advantage with five seconds to go in the first half.

A skilful turn and shot by Paul Martin put Grove Menzieshill in front for the second time, although Kelburne had the chance to level in overtime but both penalty corner opportunities failed to find the net.

Edinburgh University moved into fifth place in the table with a 3-2 victory over Clydesdale. The latter took a first half lead through a penalty corner conversion by Chris McFadden. In the second half the students went 3-1 ahead, the goals came from Leo Meinhold, Kevin Wong and Jack Jamieson, then Andrew Allan scored a late consolation for the Dale.

Uddingston moved within a point of the students and Clydesdale after seeing off bottom side Gordonians 6-2 in the North-East. Aussie Brad Hughes scored twice while the others came from Jonjo Lavin, Chris Boyle, Gavin MacKenzie and Josh Cairns.

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