Grange win Men’s National League 1; Edinburgh University retain top spot in Women’s National League 1

Grange are officially the men`s National League 1 champions after a 4-1 victory over Hillhead at Fettes, they now cannot be caught by either Western Wildcats or Grove Menzieshill.

Meanwhile Edinburgh University still hold a two point lead over Clydesdale Western and Western Wildcats at the top of the women`s National League 1 with Dundee Wanderers a point further adrift.

The foundation for Grange`s victory was a three goal cushion scored late in the first half. The contest was goalless for the opening 25 minutes, but then Alan Johnston put the champions ahead at the far post after the penalty corner routine had broken down. The second came five minutes later with a direct penalty corner strike from Frank Ryan. Minutes from the interval a move involving Ryan and Todd Mills created the danger, the result was a penalty, and Robbie Shepherdson converted from the spot.

In the second half Hillhead pulled one back, great work down the left by Graeme Campbell created the opening and Andrew Black provided the final touch. But any comeback was stifled by a Todd Mills fourth from a rebound to seal the three points and the title.

Grange coach David Knipe said: “It has been a tough season with good teams and competitive matches. Of course I`m happy but particularly for the players who have performed consistently throughout the season to achieve this success.”

Western Wildcats fell from grace after going down 4-3 to Uddingston at Bothwell Castle Policies, the result keeps the Lanarkshire side in fourth position. Aussie Brad Hughes scored twice for the home side with Josh Cairns and Ben Ferguson getting the others. The Western Wildcats scorers were two open play strikes from Fraser Calder and a penalty corner conversion by Hamish Galt.

The crucial clash between Watsonians and Clydesdale was goalless at half-time, but the Glasgow side emerged comfortable 6-1 winners in the end. The result takes Clydesdale out of the relegation play-off zone, but leaves Watsonians firmly in it.

In the second half goal avalanche, youngster Struan Walker was the catalyst with four, Aidan Black got another while the last goal came from 15-year-old Ben Galloway.

Edinburgh University moved up to fifth spot, only two points behind Uddingston, after a 5-0 home win against Grove Menzieshill. Ian Moodie was the hero with four while Kevin Wong got the other.

Kelburne were also 5-0 winners over bottom side Gordonians.

Photo by Mark Pugh

Edinburgh University continue to retain top spot in the women`s National League 1 after a comfortable 5-2 win over Grove Menzieshill, Zara Malseed got two while the others came from Sophie Maunder, Hanna McKie and Bridie Marlow.

Clydesdale Western retained their second spot, still two points adrift of the students, after seeing off Watsonians 5-1, the highlight was a hat-trick from Heather Lang.

Western Wildcats only trail Clydesdale on goal difference following a 3-0 win at Glasgow University. Emily Powell scored the only goal of the first half when she finished off a good move that opened up the students` defence.

In the second half a good through ball from Alex Stuart found Powell for her second of the contest. Another flowing attacking move from Western Wildcats left Lucy Findlay with the task of tapping the ball into the net.

Dundee Wanderers are still in fourth spot after beating GHK 6-1 on Tayside. Sophia Free opened for Wanderers, Ava Smith levelled for GHK, but by the interval the Taysiders were 3-1 ahead through a solo goal from Charlotte Watson and Jess Ross at an overtime penalty corner.

That is how the score line stayed until the final ten minutes, Watson scored her own second with another solo run and shot, Heather Elder made it five, and in the closing minutes veteran Vikki Bunce added her name to the goal tally.

Hillhead moved to the top of the relegation area with a 3-1 win over Grange.

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