Clydesdale Men’s 1s begin outdoor hockey in 2020 with their rescheduled Second Round tie in the Men’s Scottish Cup against holders Grange 1s from 2.30pm at Titwood on Saturday.
The original date of the tie was scheduled for mid November 2019 but was cancelled as frosty temperatures left the pitch at Titwood unsafe. But with the indoor season complete, all Scottish National League teams are bracing themselves for a return to competitive outdoor hockey, including the Men’s 1s. Tomorrow’s opponents, Grange, have already played a competitive game in last Saturday’s league win against Hillhead 1s.
The ‘Dale boys secured their Second Round place after a nail biting penalty strokes win over fellow Men’s Premiership side Uddingston 1s. But the task for the M1s does not get any easier, as they will face a side that secured a treble last season, and have won the last two Scottish Cup tournaments. The last meeting between Clydesdale and Grange was a competitive one at Titwood in October in the Men’s Premiership, but the Edinburgh side ran out winners with a 3-0 scoreline. The previous clash in the Scottish Cup was back in April 2018, as Clydesdale pushed Grange all the way, with both sides playing out a 2-2 draw in the Semi Final – but Grange again prevailed that day, with a win on running penalties to secure a place in the Final which they ultimately went on to win.
Team news for Saturday’s cup tie sees Head Coach Ciaran Crawford without four players that featured heavily from the first half of the season – but has two players in line for their debuts for the 1st team. Gordon Amour, who was the M1s captain, has transferred and will play his club hockey for the second half of the season at Real Club Jolaseta in Bilbao, Spain. There are injuries to goalkeeper Sean Mahoney, Nigel Lucas (both knee) and Dean Baber (thumb). Fergus Barrows will play his first game in goals for Crawford’s side, whilst youngster Ethan Robertson is also in tomorrow’s squad.
There are a further seven games for Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western, with the L3s playing in the Women’s Scottish Plate on Saturday.
Following a Women’s Scottish Cup exit, the L3s have entered the Scottish Plate and will face Women’s Premiership side Hillhead 1s from 3.30pm at Upper Windyedge.
All six teams that are representatives in the Men’s and Women’s West District Leagues are in action, starting with the M3s. They have the earliest passback (11.00am) against Dumfries 1s at King George V Playing Fields in Men’s West District Division One.
In Men’s West District Division Two, the M4s host Oban 1s from 1.00pm, and the M5s – in Men’s West District Division Three South – are away at Wellington School to play Ayr 2s, 3.30pm PB.
At 1.30pm, both the L5s and L6s will pushback in their respective league games. In Women’s West District Division Two, the L5s are at Hutchesons’ Grammar School against Glasgow University 4s, whilst in West District Division Three, the L6s visit Duncanrig High to play East Kilbride 2s.
The L4s complete the card of home games at Titwood, with a 4.00pm passback in Women’s West District Division One against Rottenrow 1s.
Clydesdale Men’s 2s secured a passage into the next round of the Scottish Men’s District Cup following a comfortable 7-0 win against East District side Eskvale 1s on a horrendously wet Saturday afternoon at Titwood.
The tie was rescheduled from November following a postponement due to the freezing temperatures that left the Titwood pitch unplayable. There were no such issues with the pitch this time, but the game was played in difficulty throughout given the torrential heavy rain in cold conditions.
Stuart Banford’s side got off to the best of starts, despite the weather, when captain Alex Ingram reversed in from close range with no more than a minute on the clock. Sustained pressure not long after saw the award of a penalty flick, which was converted well by Fraser Cowle. Jeetinder Berman made it three from close range after a one-two with Ethan Robertson and Blair Paul swept home a corner to give the M2s a 4-0 lead at the break.
The M2s added three more in the second period, with Scott Lindsay following up on his corner injection duties by smacking in from a couple of yards out. Fraser Hirst crashed in a penalty corner, before Michael Cockburn won and scored a second penalty flick of the day – thus completing the scoring in a game that was played in great spirit by both sides.
The M2s will play Erskine Stewart’s Melville 2s in the next round of the District Cup following their seven goal win.
Clydesdale Western 4s recorded back to back league wins for the first time since mid-November following an impressive win against Glasgow University Ladies 3s at Garscube in Women’s West District Division One on Saturday.
A goal each from Cath Stirling, Ann Menzies, Iona Denholm and Karen Longmuir avenged a defeat to the same opposition almost four weeks ago to keep the L4s second in the league table, two points above Glasgow Accies 1s.
Meanwhile, the M3s had to settle for a point in their Men’s West District Division One clash with Glasgow University Men’s 3s on Saturday at Titwood.
Despite a fair amount of control in the match, the M3s found themselves a goal behind. Colin Gambles got a goal to level the scoreline in the second half, but that was how it was to remain. The M3s are now eighth in the league table.
It was a tough day for the M4s, who lost at Glasgow Green on Saturday to Kelburne 5s in Men’s West District Division Two.
There was a goal each from youngsters Andrew Cox and Lewis Gambles, but it could not ultimately stop their side from a 6-2 defeat to their Paisley opposition.
Clydesdale Men’s 2s will play their re-arranged Scottish Men’s District Cup Second Round tie with Eskvale 1s on Saturday at Titwood from 1.00pm.
Saturday’s cup match was originally scheduled for the final weekend before National and Regional Indoor competitions began, but was called off due to the frosty weather leaving the playing surface at Clydesdale unplayable.
This will be the first outdoor game of the year for Stuart Banford’s side. They are currently fifth in Men’s Regional Division One, seven points off top spot. Eskvale 1s, who hail from Bonnyrigg, play their league hockey in Men’s East District Division Two and sit seventh in the table.
Clydesdale Men’s 3s will hope to pick up their first win of 2020 when they host Glasgow University 3s in a 4.30pm pushback at Titwood in Men’s West District Division One.
After collecting a decent point at home to Western Wildcats 3s, the M3s have been on the hand of heavy defeats to Uddingston 3s in the league and Dunfermline Carnegie 3s in the cup.
Craig Bradley’s side currently sit seventh in the league table, but a win could take them above Strathclyde University 2s. GU 3s, on the other hand, are bottom with only a point to their name.
Clydesdale Men’s 4s are away at Glasgow Green to face Kelburne 5s in a Men’s West District Division Two fixture from 3.00pm.
The M4s picked up a hard earned point at home to Uddingston 4s the previous weekend, which now takes them off the foot of the table.
But their contest on Saturday will not be easy, given Kelburne 5s sit above their 4th XI in fourth place.
Clydesdale Men’s 5s will make the journey south to play at King George V Playing Fields against Dumfries 2s in Men’s West District Division Three South, 2.30pm PB.
The M5s have very much had a similar script for most of the season – great spells of hockey throughout all their matches, but do not have many points to show for it.
Karl Richmond’s young side will hope to fare better results wise when they face Dumfries 2s, who currently occupy top spot in the league table.
Clydesdale Western 4s will aim to consolidate their current position, at the very least, in Women’s West District Division One on Saturday as they play Glasgow University 3s, 2.30pm PB at Garscube.
It has been a tough handful of games for Marg Taylor’s side, having gone four league games without a win, but ended that run against Hillhead 3s a fortnight ago. But the following day, their Women’s West District Cup hopes were over, losing to Glasgow Accies 1s.
The L4s are currently nine points behind league leaders Rottenrow 1s, but a win on Saturday will guarantee they finish the day in second place.
Clydesdale Western 2s made a winning return to outdoor hockey after beating Edinburgh University 3s at Peffermill in a catch up game in Women’s Championship Division One on Saturday.
Having played a game less than most teams before their meeting with Uni 3s, the L2s were sitting fourth in the table. But a double from Louise Redpath and a goal each from Sarah Kelly and Mairi Fletcher gave ‘Dale Western 2s a 4-1 win against the student side’s 3rd XI.
The win takes Lesley Cosh’s side up to second in the table, ten points off current runaway leaders and last season’s league champions Edinburgh Uni 2s.
Clydesdale Men’s sides are still waiting for their first outdoor win of 2020 following a draw and a loss in games that took place on Saturday.
The Men’s 4s were closest on the day, having put in an excellent display to draw 1-1 with Uddingston 4s. Cameron Deans supplied the goal which takes the M4s off bottom spot in Men’s West District Division Two.
It was defeat for the Men’s 5s, however, as they went 3-1 down to Giffnock 3s in a basement clash in Men’s West District Division Three South. Despite a goal from Frank Hirst, the result sees Giffnock 3s go above the M5s in the league table.
Clydesdale Men’s 3s were dumped out of the Men’s Scottish Reserve Cup at the Second Round following a convincing loss to Dunfermline Carnegie 3s at Titwood on Sunday.
The M3s conceded five goals to their visitors but only replying one in return through Jamie Gambles.
Clydesdale Western 1s confirmed their place as Women’s Indoor National Division One champions after Millie Steiger’s last gasp winner saw off Dundee Wanderers 1s in a pulsating and dramatic Women’s Grand Play-Off Final at Bell’s Sports Centre on Sunday.
Millie Steiger got on the end of a sublime solo run and pass from Jen Eadie with no more than 30 seconds on the clock remaining to settle a thoroughly entertaining contest that looked to be heading to running penalties. Dundee Wanderers produced a stirring fightback to pull themselves level before half time after going 2-0 down in the opening quarter, with a goal each coming from Margery Justice and Holly Steiger that gave ‘Dale Western the best of starts to the game. The drama would continue in the fourth quarter when Wanderers missed a flick that was awarded following a miraculous, yet unavoidably illegal, goal-line save from L1s skipper Frances Lonergan. The game could have gone either way, but the defining moment of the game saw Millie Steiger lift home after collecting Eadie’s pass to seal the win for their side right at the death, ending what was a great advertisement of women’s indoor domestic hockey.
With the majority of the squad being the same personnel from the past two seasons, the question before the start of the game was going to be which Clydesdale Western side would turn up – the one that produced a gutsy display to win the 2018 title, or the one that were overpowered by Wanderers the following year? With the way Sunday’s Final began, it would be the former as it took less than a minute for the Titwood girls to score the game’s opening goal. Julie Lonergan played a pass to Kayleigh Justice, who in turn squared the ball for sister Margery to send a powerful shot low into the corner.
The L1s first quarter dominance continued when Margery Justice stole possession from Wanderers and produced a splitting pass through the middle of the court that saw Holly Steiger deflect in and double their side’s lead.
But Wanderers showed their fighting spirit to respond twice in the second quarter. Vikki Bunce’s powerful run from left to right ended with the veteran sending a shot low past Jessica Buchanan before Amy Snell scored an almost carbon copy goal to level before the break. The game ebbed this way and that, as Wanderers pushed hard to take the lead for the first time in the contest, whilst ‘Dale Western produced some slick and polished hockey throughout the court, especially within their own half, but lacked composure in Dundee Wanderers circle to regain the lead.
With no goals in the third quarter, the final ten minutes saw a Wanderers forward find herself one on one with Buchanan, before rounding ‘Dale Western’s number one and lifting a shot towards the goal. Frances Lonergan produced a stunning goal line save with her reverse stick to save the shot, but in doing so appeared to put an extra point of contact on the ground – such was her momentum – and resulted in the award of a penalty flick. The flick, however, was put wide and the contest remained level until the final 30 seconds, when Eadie collected possession in her own circle, ran the length of the court before squaring the ball to a grateful Millie Steiger who lifted low to seal the indoor crown.
Following a long and hardworking season, the win sees Clydesdale Western claim the top prize of Women’s Indoor in Scottish Hockey for the first time since 2018, and will be Scotland’s club representative in next year’s European indoor competition.
Clydesdale Men’s 1s were relegated to Men’s National Indoor Division Two after agonisingly losing on running penalties to Watsonians 1s in the Men’s Indoor National Division Promotion/Relegation Play-Off on Sunday at Bell’s Sports Centre.
The M1s found themselves 2-0 down, but rallied through Struan Walker’s hat-trick to take the lead. Watsonians briefly equalised, before Ben Galloway added a fourth for ‘Dale. The Edinburgh side responded even quicker than the first equaliser, to send the tie to running penalties before sealing a 2-1 in the shootout. The loss means Clydesdale will play their indoor league hockey a division lower for next season, with Watsonians taking their place.
It was a fairly even start, but Watsons took the lead when Fraser Sands’ penalty corner attempt crept over the line, despite the best defensive intentions from the Titwood boys. Chris McFadden had short corner chances either side of the game’s opening goal, but neither were taken. And the pressure was beginning to show as Sands added a deserved second for his side from another penalty corner.
Both sides exchanged chances until Struan Walker grabbed his first goal of the game with a powerful drag flick short corner before half time. Walker then showed the composure to level the score into the third quarter with a measured flick past the Watsons goal-line defender before completing his hat-trick by rounding the goalkeeper and lifting into the goal to give his side the lead for the first time in the game. Clydesdale switched off not long after, as a pass across the goal saw Dave Patterson convert from close range at the back post.
The M1s regained the lead from Ben Galloway’s smart finish, but Sands completed his hat-trick no longer than a minute after to level the scores once more, and that was how it would remain up to the final whistle.
The running penalty contest saw both sides score their first, before Watsonians missed their second. David Nairn’s attempt was illegal stopped by the Watsons goalkeeper resulting in a penalty flick award, but the flick was missed. The Edinburgh side retook the lead before Clydesdale missed their final attempt, confirming their relegation to MNIL 2.