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Indoor season fully underway – Weekend Review – 9th/10th December

Sadly, both the Ladies 4s and 5s outdoor games were cancelled due to frozen pitches, which concludes the outdoor season until the New Year.

M1s 7-4 Hillhead 1s; M1s 3-5 Dundee Wanderers 1s; L1s 6-1 Western Wildcats 1s; L1s 9-1 CALA Edinburgh 1s

Clydesdale Men’s 1st XI picked up three out of a possible six points in the opening weekend of the indoor season on Saturday following a comfortable win against Hillhead.

The M1s – who are being coached by Neil Mitchell for indoor season – oversaw local rivals, Hillhead with a 7-4 win which gave them their first points of the season.  However, ‘Dale were later denied in their second game as they lost 5-3 to newly promoted Dundee Wanderers at Bell’s Sports Centre in Perth.

On Sunday, Clydesdale Western 1st XI secured back-to-back wins following routine victories over Western Wildcats and CALA Edinburgh.

Also at Bell’s Sports Centre, the L1s beat Wildcats 6-1 in their first game of the day, before beating CALA 9-1 in their final game of the day.  The girls – who are being coached by Peter Justice this indoor season – sit 2nd in the Women’s National Indoor Division One table.

Photo credit: Duncan Gray

Wins for L4s, 5s & 6s outdoor, season begins indoor – Weekend Review – 2nd/3rd December

L3s 1-5 Grove Menzieshill 2s (L Arnold)

Clydesdale Western 3s signed off for the outdoor break with a defeat to a clinical Grove Menzieshill 2s side at DISC on Saturday.

A goal from Lucy Arnold was somewhat of a consolation as the L3s lost out 5-1, and missed out on the chance to close the gap on 3rd place Edinburgh University 3s in the Championship League table.  The L3s sit 4th with 18 points going into indoor.

L4s 2-1 Western Wildcats 2s (I Cole, O Capaldi)

The L4s picked up their third win in a row as they edged out Western Wildcats 2s at Titwood.

The L4s still remain 9th in the Women’s West District Division One table, but they continue to close the gap on a few teams above them as goals from Iris Cole and Olivia Capaldi gave them their first home win of the season.

L5s 3-2 Stepps 2s (J Kelly (2), E Neary)

The L5s kept up their hopes of promotion from Women’s West District Division 3 as they narrowly beat Stepps 2s at Millerston.

A double from Jessica Kelly and one from Emma Neary gave the L5s their fifth win of the season.  The L5s remain 5th, but have at least two games in hand which could see them in 2nd if they pick up maximum points.

L6s 3-1 Dumfries 2s (I Denholm, G Schmolke, A Bonner)

Goals from youngsters Iona Denholm, Georgia Schmolke and Anais Bonner were enough to beat Dumfries 2s and secure back-to-back league wins.

Following on from their impressive win at Irvine last weekend, the L6s made it two from two to take them to 8th in the Women’s West District 3 table and give them some welcome breathing space.

Indoor – M2s 16-0 Falkirk & Linlithgow 2s; M2s 5-4 Edinburgh University 2s; L1s 16-0 Kelburne 1s; L1s 4-5 Dundee Wanderers 1s; L2s 2-6 Bon Accord 1s; L2s 2-5 Grange EL 1s

The indoor season also begin on Saturday & Sunday with mixed starts for our Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western teams.

The M2s picked up two wins on their return to the Central indoor league as they hammered Falkirk & Linlithgow 2s 16-0 before narrowly beating Edinburgh University 2s 5-4 at Forthbank.

The L1s, at Bell’s Sports Centre on Sunday, also hammered a youthful Kelburne side 16-0.  But in contrast to the M2s, they lost their second game 5-4, to arguably the league favourites, Dundee Wanderers in the opening weekend of fixtures in the Women’s National Division One league.  The L2s, also at Bell’s on Sunday, lost their opening two games 2-6 and 2-5 to Bon Accord and Grange EL respectively.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

Youngsters run riot in L6s win – Weekend Review – 25th/26th November

Of the seven games scheduled the previous weekend, six were called off due to the icy weather.  The remaining game, which did play, was the L6s visit to Irvine:

L6s 5-2 Irvine 1s (I Denholm (3), A Bonner, R Murray)

A youthful L6s side sealed their first win of the league season against Irvine in Saltcoats with a dominating display.

Before the game, the L6s had only picked up one point in their eight previous games in Women’s West District Division 3.  To add to their misery, the L6s were also hoping to bounce back from their heavy 14-1 defeat to league leaders, Uddingston 2s.

And they did so with devastating effect, as an Iona Denholm hat-trick and a goal each from Anais Bonner and Rosalind Murray gave the L6s a 5-2 win over their Ayrshire opponents.  The result sees the 6s go above Ayr 2s, and off bottom spot.

Weekend Preview – 25th/26th November

Although the indoor season is fast approaching, a few teams still have outdoor games to complete before the season fully halts for indoor and the Christmas period.  None of the 1st XI teams are in action, which gives us the chance to focus on the rest of the club’s teams playing this weekend.

Saturday 25th November – L5s vs. Uddingston 2s (12.30pm, H); L3s vs. Watsonians 2s (2.00pm, H); L6s vs. Irvine 1s (2.00pm, A); L2s vs. Grove Menzieshill (3.30pm, H); M4s vs. Anchor 1s (5.00pm, H)

Sunday 26th November – L4s vs. East Kilbride 1s (12.30pm, H); L5s vs. Stepps 2s (2.00pm, H)

On Saturday, it’s a full card of games at Titwood, starting with the L5s taking on Uddingston 2s at 12.30pm.  The L5s have made a decent start to life in the Women’s West District Division 3 league.  Having won four out of six played, the L5s are currently 5th but are keen to bounce back from last weekend’s 3-2 defeat to GHK 3s.  However, it doesn’t get any easier for the L5s as their opponents, Uddingston 2s are top of the league, having won eight from eight and recently thrashed the L6s 14-1 last weekend.  Then the following day, the L5s take on Stepps 2s from 2.00pm.

The L3s play host to Watsonians from 2.00pm.  The two sides played each other in the season’s opener, with the L3s winning an open game 4-3.  A win here for the L3s, sitting 4th in the Championship Division One table with 18 points, could move them equal on points with 3rd placed, Edinburgh University 3s.  At the same time, the L6s play away to Irvine 1s in Saltcoats.  The L6s, who are in the same division as the L5s, are rock bottom of the league having collected only one point so far.

At 3.30pm, the L2s play Grove Menzieshill at Titwood.  The L2s only require a point to make sure they are top of the Championship Division One league over the Christmas period.  But they also hold a three point lead over second placed, Edinburgh University 2s, so will be keen to pick up maximum points.  The two sides also met in the season’s opener, with the L2s winning 4-1 away at DISC.

The final game on Saturday is at 5.00pm between the M4s and Anchor 1s.  The M4s are currently top of the Men’s West District Division 3 league, having amassed an 11 point lead, albeit having played two games extra.  Of the eight wins the M4s have collected, one of them was against Anchor 1s back in September at Linwood – the scoreline being 5-2.

On Sunday, the L4s play before the L5s game at 12.30pm against East Kilbride 1s in Women’s West District One.  Last season’s champions, the L4s, made a nightmare start in their attempts to retain the league, losing their first five games.  But back to back 1-0 wins, have seen the L4s climb off bottom spot, and a win tomorrow could see them jump up to 7th in the table.

Good luck to all of our teams this weekend!

Photo credit: Mark Pugh (MPS Photography)