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M1s up and running; L1s claim two more wins – Weekend Review – 11th/12th December

Clydesdale 1s recorded a first win of their Men’s Indoor National Two campaign this season before claiming a further two victories at The Peak, Stirling on Saturday.

Following on from a draw and loss last weekend, the M1s beat Western Wildcats 2s 3-0 in their first game of day. Another six points were added by the end of the afternoon with wins over Monarch 1s (5-2) and Falkirk & Linlithgow 1s (8-3). Meanwhile, the M2s were in Men’s Indoor Regional action at Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC), but endured a tough start in the morning, succumbing to a 10-1 defeat to Erskine Stewart’s Melville 1s. Alex Ingram’s side bounced back emphatically however with big wins against Kelburne 2s (16-2) and Stirling Wanderers 1s (9-2).

Clydesdale Western 1s claimed another two results to make it it four wins from their opening four games in Women’s Indoor National One on Sunday at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth. The L1s beat Hillhead 1s 7-2 before a comprehensive 5-0 win against Western Wildcats 1s. In Women’s Indoor National Two on Sunday at DISC, the L2s suffered losses either side of their only win of the day. The L2s were beaten 4-1 by Granite City Wanderers 1s and 2-1 by Aberdeen Bon Accord 1s but picked up three points with a 7-2 win against Dundee Wanderers 2s.

The M5s Development produced a superb performance in a comfortable 3-0 win against Ayr 2s on Saturday at a wet Titwood.

Two goals from veteran Spencer Cox and a single goal from Andrew Cox gave the home side a welcome three points in their Men’s West District Division Three campaign.

The M5s Development started with an effective defensive press from the front line which regularly retained possession and created plenty of chances. One was eventually taken when Spencer Cox opened the scoring in the first half.

The second half produced more of the same which enabled two more goals to seal the points – a second from Spencer Cox and a goal from Spencer’s son, Andrew. Whilst it was older statesman Spencer Cox who grabbed the goalscoring headlines, it did not take away how strong the team performance with notable individual displays coming from youngsters Tristan Robin, Myles Macaulay and Reuben Clark.

The M5s were narrowly beaten away to Hillhead 7s on Saturday in Men’s West District Division Three.

Goals from Florent Saint-Ledger and Iain Flynn were not enough to stop ‘Dale 5s losing to a Hillhead 7s side who took the lead within the opening minutes of the contest.

Despite that setback, the M5s regrouped well to regain some control in the match before equalising. Saint Ledger was the final outfield player to touch the ball in a penalty circle melee which ended when Hillhead’s goalkeeper appeared to unwittingly back-heel the ball into his own goal. But the away side produced an error of their own making not long after when a loss of possession from their own defensive hit out sent a home side forward clear for a one-on-one before duly converting. The first half would finish level when Flynn struck home a penalty corner.

Into the second period, Clydesdale 5s continued to display more attacking endeavour whilst Hillhead 7s were showing threats of scoring from counter attacks. And one such counter attack with five minutes to go gave the Jordanhill side a 3-2 lead before closing out to clinch all three points.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

Weekend Preview – 11th/12th December

Three of our four Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western national indoor indoor teams will be involved in triple header games this weekend.

On Saturday, both the Men’s teams will play three games each. The M1s will hope to pick up their first win of the season in Men’s Indoor National Two when they face Western Wildcats 2s (10.10am), Monarch 1s (1.50pm) and Falkirk & Linlithgow 1s (4.35pm) at The Peak, Stirling. The M2s, who travel to Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC), are involved in Men’s Indoor Regional fixtures against Erskine Stewart’s Melville 1s (9.15am), Kelburne 2s (12.00 noon) and Stirling Wanderers 1s (1.50pm)

The ladies then take to the indoor court on Sunday. The L1s will hope to build from their excellent start when they make the journey to Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth to play Hillhead 1s (12.00 noon) and Western Wildcats 1s (3.40pm). Meanwhile, the L2s, like the M1s and M2s, have three game involvements at DISC starting with Granite City Wanderers 1s (9.15am) before taking on Dundee Wanderers 2s (11.05am) and Aberdeen Bon Accord 1s (3.40pm).

The M5s and M5s Development are in outdoor action in Men’s West District Division Three on Saturday.

The first outdoor passback of the day features the M5s who travel west to play Hillhead 7s from 12.30pm. Then at Titwood from 1.30pm, the M5s Development play Ayr 2s.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

L1s start Indoor title defence with two wins – Weekend Review – 4th/5th December

Clydesdale Western 1s began the defence of their Women’s Indoor National League title with two wins on the opening day of the indoor season at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth on Sunday.

The L1s started off their indoor campaign with a 4-1 win over Dundee Wanderers 1s before narrowly seeing off Inverleith 1s 2-1 in their final game of the day.

Meanwhile, Clydesdale 1s endured a difficult opening in Men’s Indoor National Division Two at The Peak, Stirling on Saturday. The M1s were beaten 8-4 by Dunfermline Carnegie 1s before being held 3-3 late on to Hillhead 1s.

Both 2s teams had a new look about them but managed to record one win from their two games this weekend. The M2s comfortably won 10-3 against Grange 2s, but went down 9-8 to Granite City Wanderers 1s at Bell’s Coaching Hall, Perth. The L2s, on Sunday at Dundee International Sports Centre, Dundee collected four points from a possible six by beating Grange EL 1s 5-3 and drawing with Uddingston 1s 4-4.

All three outdoor games taking place on Saturday ended in defeat for Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams.

The M5s lost their Men’s West District Division Three encounter with Dumfries 2s at cold and rain-soaked Titwood. The home side were four goals down by the half time whistle but Donald Amour grabbed a goal back in overtime, following up Frank Hirst’s short corner strike with a sweet backhand finish. The M5s then halved the lead when Ross Furmedge tapped in a well-driven cross. Unfortunately for Clydesdale 5s, their opponents scored a fifth goal fifteen minutes from time to seal all three points.

The M5s Development, also in Men’s West District Division Three, went down 4-1 away to Hillhead 7s – Andrew Cox scoring a consolation goal. Isla Wheeler was on the scoresheet for the L5s who were involved in a late passback at Glasgow National Hockey Centre against Stepps 1s in Women’s West District Division Two, but also lost out 4-1.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

Weekend Preview – 4th/5th December

This weekend sees the long awaited return of Indoor National League hockey, whilst there are another three outdoor games scheduled.

Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western will be entering two teams respectively for the 2021-22 campaign. The L1s will be aiming to retain the Women’s Indoor National One league title, whereas the M1s will be hoping to return to the Men’s top division at the first time of asking following their relegation back in February 2020. The L2s and M2s will also be involved in league competitions this season.

‘Dale Western 1s will once again be coached by club legend and Olympic bronze medallist Wendy Justice in Women’s Indoor National One. Justice – who will have husband Peter as assistant coach – is likely to have available the majority of those who won the indoor league title against Dundee Wanderers 1s nearly two years ago as well as those who have been part of an invincible start to the outdoor season so far. The L2s will be representing the club a division below the 1s in Women’s Indoor National Two.

‘Dale 1s will also return to the indoor court and will be itching to make a swift return to Men’s Indoor National One following their relegation after a Play-Off shoot out defeat to Watsonians 1s. This season, another club legend and ex-M1s captain Ali Bleach will be leading the Titwood boys for the indoor league challenge. The M2s, captained by Alex Ingram, will be part of the Men’s Regional Indoor Division this season.

On Saturday, the M1s start their Division Two schedule at The Peak, Stirling against Dunfermline Carnegie 1s (10.00am) and Hillhead 1s (1.40pm). The M2s take on Grange 2s (12.45pm) and Granite City Wanderers 1s (3.30pm) – both games taking place at Bell’s Sports Centre Coaching Hall, Perth.

Then on Sunday, the L1s will be in the Main Hall at Bell’s to face Dundee Wanderers 1s (11.05am) and Inverleith 1s (2.45pm). Dundee International Sports Centre, Dundee is where the L2s start their league season against Grange EL 1s (11.50am) and Uddingston 1s (2.35pm).

The M5s, M5s Development and L5s are all involved in rescheduled outdoor games. In Men’s West District Division Three, the M5s are at home to Dumfries 2s from 1.30pm and the M5s Development are away to play Hillhead 7s – 3.30pm pushback. The L5s complete the card of outdoor games with a 4.15pm start, facing Stepps 1s.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

M1s knocked out of Cup, L2s & M3s beat frost to win – Weekend Review – 27th November

Clydesdale 1s were eliminated from the Men’s Scottish Cup at the Second Round following a 5-0 defeat to Edinburgh University 1s at Peffermill on Saturday.

The M1s were made to pay for an unfortunate missed penalty flick with the score at 0-0 before the student side scored five unanswered goals to run out comfortable winners. It ends Clydesdale’s hopes of a Scottish Cup at run at effectively the first time of asking given the bye advancement received from the previous round.

Going into the game, the Titwood boys were without a number of personnel including Graham Dunlop, Patrick Lonergan, Andy McAllan, Sam Hayes, Sean Mahoney and Jamie Green.

But Sammy Kasto, Fraser Hirst and Euan Lindsay made returns to an M1s side that started well in the first quarter before winning a penalty flick in the second quarter from an illegal clearance on the goalline from a penalty corner. Much to Clydesdale’s dismay, however, skipper Andrew Allan was sadly unsuccessful from the spot. And the Edinburgh side took full advantage before half time when an attack from the baseline culminated with a pass to the backpost for a forward to tap in.

The home side stepped up their scoring with two more goals in the third quarter. The first being a successful counter attack whilst the second was a reverse stick shot past ‘Dale goalkeeper Calum Douglas. In the fourth quarter, Head Coach Ciaran Crawford took the brave decision to bring his number 1 off in favour of another outfield player in hope to gain a goal quickly. But despite the away side’s efforts, Uni scored two more goals to seal their place in the next round.

Clydesdale Western 2s survived a late retort from Strathclyde University 1s on Saturday at Millerston to book their spot in the next round of the Women’s Scottish Plate.

Goals from Rachel Whittle and Sophie Highet gave Donald Amour’s side a commanding two-goal lead. The student sided responded in the fourth quarter by halving the deficit, but the L2s held on for the win.

The result was welcome news given there were concerns whether the game would even take place given the freezing temperatures that postponed a number of games up and down the country. And despite the cold conditions, ‘Dale Western 2s did not waste much time getting warmed up with an aggressive start to the contest, so it was no surprise when Whittle broke free to put her side a goal to the good. Strathclyde tried their best to respond in kind but were denied by a couple of key saves from goalkeeper Ashley Herbert.

Those saves proved crucial as Highet doubled the L2s lead, responding quickest to slot a short corner breakdown. The student side got a goal back in the final quarter, meaning the Titwood 2s girls had to be on their guard to avoid a penalty shoot out. Thankfully, key interceptions and a generally staunch defence saw Clydesdale Western 2s through in the Women’s Scottish Plate.

Clydesdale 3s pulled off a stunning late comeback before succeeding on penalty flicks in the Scottish Men’s Reserve Cup Second Round tie with Hillhead 3s at Upper Windyedge.

The Jordanhill side were holding a 2-0 lead five minutes from time before Ali Bleach and Colin Moulson scored late goals from penalty corners to send the game to flicks. Moulson was also successful from the spot as were Spencer Cox, Colin Gambles and Jack Cassie to give the M3s a 4-3 shootout win. Craig Bradley’s side are now through to the Quarter Finals of the tournament and will hope to continue in their Cup run to reach the Final of the Reserve Cup for the first time since 2015.

The game itself started with the home side keeping the majority of possession but both teams were able to exchange chances, which their respective goalkeepers were equal to, leaving the score goalless by half time.

But Hillhead 3s – currently top of Men’s West District Division One – scored the opening goal with smart near post finish before doubling their lead with a well-worked penalty corner. With only five minutes to go, Bleach set up a grandstand finish for the Titwood side with a well-converted penalty corner. The momentum from Bleach’s goal was enough to level the scoreline in the final minute when Moulson dived to deflect in from a rehearsed penalty corner routine, sending the tie to flicks.

Despite scoring four, the M3s did miss one flick in the shootout. Thankfully, it was to no avail as Hillhead 3s missed on two occasions to secure Bradley’s sides passage to the next round of the Reserve Cup.

Seven games, including the L1s & L3s Women’s Scottish Cup ties, were postponed as the low temperatures left hockey pitches unplayable on Saturday.

All four Titwood matches and the three matches taking place at Hutchesons’ Grammar School fell victim to frozen pitches. The L1s, L3s, L4s, M2s and M4s were all scheduled to be involved in respective cup games, whilst the M5s, M5s Development and L6s were to be involved West District league competitions.

All games will now be rescheduled, with dates and pushback times to be confirmed at a later date.

Photo credit: Rob Lindblade