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Weekend Preview – 29th February/1st March

Clydesdale Western 1s return to Women’s Premiership action this year with an away trip to Upper Windyedge to take on Hillhead 1s from 3.30pm on Saturday.

An almighty question in the Women’s Premiership campaign will be which team are going to be crowned champions by the end of the season? The answer just now – potentially five teams, four of which are tied on the same points. For Clydesdale Western, they sit second in the table – three goals behind current champions and league leaders Edinburgh University 1s. Behind those two sides are Watsonians 1s and Dundee Wanderers 1s in third and fourth place respectively, whilst Western Wildcats 1s are two points off in fifth place.

Tight at the top!

The top five of the Women’s Premiership as it stands. Clydesdale Western sit second, three goals less than Edinburgh University.

For Saturday, the L1s will hope to take advantage of some big match ups that their league title rivals are involved in this weekend when they visit Upper Windyedge to take on Hillhead. The last meeting between the two sides was back in the opening weekend of the Women’s Premiership season, as ‘Dale Western sailed to a 5-1 home win. Selection wise, Head Coach Derek Forsyth has a full strength squad at his disposal, including seven players who recently sealed the Scottish Women’s Indoor title for Clydesdale Western nearly three weeks ago.

Clydesdale Men’s 1s take on Grange 1s in their third scheduling of the Men’s Scottish Cup Second Round tie at Titwood on Sunday from 3.00pm.

Having seen their original scheduling in November last year and, more recently, last Saturday being called off, Clydesdale and Grange will attempt a third time to play the Second Round tie. Both occasions were called off as poor weather left the pitch at Titwood unplayable. Last Saturday’s game did start, but last less than two minutes due to a hailstorm that set on the field of play.

With no league fixture on Saturday, Ciaran Crawford’s side will have an extra day’s preparation and rest ahead of Grange’s visit. Team wise, Crawford will be without the injured Dean Baber (thumb), Sean Mahoney and Nigel Lucas (both knee).

On Saturday, there will be another nine Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western games – five of them taking place at Titwood.

The first of the home games will be from 11.30am in Men’s West District Division Three South when the M5s play Giffnock 2s. The M4s, in Men’s West District Division Two, will play the Men’s 1st XI of Giffnock at Eastwood High from 3.00pm.

Back to the card of Titwood games, from 1.00pm are the M3s who play Ayr 1s in Men’s West District Division One, and from 3.00pm in Women’s Championship Division One are the L3s who host Grove Menzieshill 2s.

The M2s then welcome Kelburne 2s in a 4.00pm pushback in Men’s Regional Division One. The 5.30pm sees another Women’s Championship Division One fixture as the L2s close the home card of games on Saturday against Hillhead 2s.

All three Clydesdale Western West District teams play away from home on Saturday. The L5s are on first from noon away to Eastwood High against Giffnock Ladies 1s. The L4s are up against Troon 1s from 1.45pm, and the L6s have a 3.00pm PB against Dumfries 2s.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

Bad weather hits four games, Men’s WD teams hit back – Weekend Review – 22nd February

Clydesdale’s Men’s West District teams were all unbeaten in Saturday’s round of league matches.

Despite the tricky conditions, the M4s took a valuable three points in Men’s West District Division Two. Against Oban 1s at Titwood, which was temporarily halted due to a hailstorm, Spencer Cox and Jamie Gambles both grabbed a brace each, whilst veteran Donald Amour also got on the scoresheet in a 5-3 win. The result see the Men’s 4s jump to 9th in the league table, albeit having played a few games more than the teams around them.

The M3s and M5s – in slightly better weather – took a point in their league matches, both drawing 0-0 respectively. The M3s were away to Dumfries 1s and despite having a host of chances, Craig Bradley’s side were unable to find the deadlock breaker. However, the M3s are now up to 6th in Men’s West District Division One. A young M5s side put in a hardworking display to take a point away from Ayr 2s. The point was preserved towards the end thanks to some key saves from ‘keeper Graham Bryson.

Clydesdale Western 3s were knocked out the First Round of the Women’s Scottish Plate on Saturday against Hillhead 1s at Upper Windyedge.

Having exited the Scottish Cup, the L3s dropped into the opening rounds of the Scottish Plate. Having been drawn to Women’s Premiership side Hillhead 1s, an experienced L3s side put in a determined display throughout the contest.

But a single goal from the west end side was enough to give them the win and send the L3s out of knockout competition for another season.

All three Clydesdale Western West District games were cancelled due to the weather, whilst the M1s Scottish Cup tie with Grange 1s lasted a little over 90 seconds before being abandoned.

The M1s and Grange 1s were preparing for their second scheduling of the Men’s Scottish Cup Second Round tie on Saturday. And despite the weather being fine before pushback, an aggressive hailstorm hit the pitch just as proceedings got underway. The tie lasted a minute and 33 seconds before umpires John MacKenzie and Greig Cunningham halted play. Such was the length of the hailstorm, the pitch was deemed unplayable, and the contest was abandoned permanently. The tie will now be played on Sunday 1st March, 3.00pm pushback.

The L6s away fixture at East Kilbride 2s was postponed early on Saturday morning. Rain from the previous day left the pitch at Duncanrig High School unplayable. The L4s and L5s home games were both called off just before lunchtime on Saturday due to the weather warnings. All three league fixtures will be replayed on a date that is to be confirmed.

Photo credit: Jeetinder Berman

Weekend Preview – 22nd February

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.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

M2s progress in Cup, L4s notch three more points – Weekend Review – 15th February

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.

Photo credit: Rhona Weir

Weekend Preview – 15th February

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.

Photo credit: Rhona Weir