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Weekend Preview – 30th November

National league indoor is just around the corner, but there is still outdoor West District action on over the weekend and cup games on the Monday and Tuesday for our Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams.

Saturday 30th November

M3s vs. Glasgow University 3s – 2.30pm (A)

Clydesdale Men’s 3s will reach the halfway point of this season’s Men’s West District Division One season when they play Glasgow University 3s from 2.30pm at Garscube.

The M3s are eight games in, and their meeting with GU 3s will mean they have played fifty percent of their league games going into the indoor break.

Craig Bradley’s side currently sit sixth in the league table, and a win against bottom side Glasgow Uni 3s will take them into fifth spot.

M4s vs. Anchor 1s – 2.00pm (A)

Clydesdale Men’s 4s make the trip to Linwood to take on Anchor 1s from 2.00pm in Men’s West District Division Two.

Despite some good performances, the M4s have found taking points in the league a bit of challenge in the first half of the season.

A win and a draw to their name has the M4s in tenth place, but a win in their penultimate game before indoor against their Paisley opponents could see them jump as high as seventh place by the end of the day.

M5s vs. Giffnock 3s – 3.00pm (A)

Clydesdale Men’s 5s play away to Giffnock 3s on Saturday in their second last game of the first half of the outdoor season in Men’s West District Division Three South.

Much like the M4s, the Men’s 5s have found difficulty collecting points even with excellent shifts being put in.  In particular from the team’s upcoming youngsters who continue to impress and improve.

Karl Richmond’s side did pick up their first win of the league campaign a fortnight ago, which was ironically against Saturday’s opponents Giffnock 3s at Titwood – a Tim Hart goal was enough for a 1-0 win.

L4s vs. Glasgow University 3s – 1.00pm (A)

Clydesdale Western 4s continue their Women’s West District Division One campaign going with an away fixture against Glasgow University 3s from 1.00pm.

The L4s have been in great form in the league, only dropping two points from their seven games which leaves them top of the table.

Marg Taylor’s side will have to be at their best against a GU 3s side, that are fourth in the current standings, before a crucial match the following weekend to league champions Rottenrow 1s.

L6s vs. East Kilbride 2s – 2.30pm (H)

Only one game at Titwood takes place on Saturday when Clydesdale Western 6s host East Kilbride 2s in Women’s West District Division Three from 2.30pm.

The L6s are currently second bottom in the league table, with four points to their name. It is a somewhat harsh situation given terrific performances of late, especially in Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss at Titwood to Strathclyde University 2s, with a number of youngsters, such as Skye Moulson who got the home side’s goal, excelling throughout.

Rachel Brewer’s side are playing their final league game before the start of the winter break, hosting East Kilbride 2s who are chasing promotion.

Monday 2nd December

Women’s West District Cup Second Round

L4s vs. Glasgow University 4s – 7.30pm (H)

Clydesdale Western 4s are in action on Monday night in the Women’s West District Cup when they host Glasgow University 4s from 7.30pm.

The fixture is a rescheduled Second Round tie, with the previous original date being postponed due to the freezing conditions leaving the field of play in a dangerous condition.

It will be the L4s second game in three days against the same club, having played Glasgow Uni’s 3rd XI on Saturday before taking on the student side’s 4th XI under the floodlights.

Tuesday 3rd December

Women’s West District Plate First Round

L5s vs. Kelburne 3s – 7.00pm (H)

On Tuesday night, Clydesdale Western 5s play in the First Round of the Women’s West District Plate against Kelburne 3s from 7.00pm.

Like the L4s, the L5s had their knockout game cancelled due to a frozen pitch a couple of weeks back, meaning a rescheduling of their tie with Kelburne 3s.

Photo credit: Claire MacDonald

Player Profiles – Alex Ingram

It’s been a while, but ‘Player Profiles’ is back!

Almost five months since we reported on our current Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western members, and a lot has gone on since then – including Alex Ingram, who joined in 2017, becoming Men’s 2nd XI captain.  Talking about life at Titwood, there was no better time to meet with Ally Walker who reports:

Alex Ingram is made of stern stuff!

After a tough Tuesday night training session in torrential rain he came straight off the pitch, dripped a bit and sat down to have a chat.  Now in his third year with Clydesdale, Alex is captaining the M2s and is now halfway through the outdoor season.

Alex began with, “We’re going to push on this year – last year was pretty tough and we had to fight hard. But we’ve got some experienced players back after injury and work commitments and that’s going to strengthen the team considerably. It was good to get a comfortable win over Kelburne to get the league started, and have collected a few more wins along the way!”   Since that opening day 7-2 win against Kelburne back in September, the Men’s 2s are fifth in Men’s Regional Division One, and are certainly holding their own as they look to keep up at the top end of the table.  Very much an improvement from last season’s second bottom finish.

28 year old Alex says he’s a bit of hockey nomad.  Originally from Bristol, he first played played hockey at school in Newcastle from the age of 13.  Then, with some help from a local hockey development coach, he and some of his school teammates launched a brand new club team, the Newcastle Mens’ Club, which continues to thrive in the north east.  After school, Alex moved north to study at Strathclyde University, where he played for four years, winning the BUCS Cup in his final year.  He then worked away for two years before Glasgow drew him back again and he found his hockey home at Clydesdale.

Alex believes one of ‘Dale’s real strengths is its friendliness.  “There aren’t many clubs where you can turn up from a different part of the country and instantly find a friend group.  And I also really like the way that the mens’ and womens’ teams are all part of the same social group and support each other’s games.”

Alex claims he’s been thrown in at the deep end as Men’s 2s captain and he certainly looks a little drowned from the main cover photo!  And being someone who founded a hockey club as a teenager, it seems to me Alex will cope just fine.

Photo credit: Ally Walker & Rhona Weir

L4s stay top after hard-fought win – Weekend Review – 23rd/24th November

M3s 4-3 Helensburgh 1s (C Oliver, C Gambles, C Richmond, M Lonergan)

Clydesdale Men’s 3s secured a late win over Helensburgh 1s in Men’s West District Division One at Titwood on Saturday.

Matthew Lonergan smashed home a penalty corner with minutes to go to separate a 3-3 deadlock after Clydesdale goals from Conor Oliver, Colin Gambles and Christopher Richmond.

The three points keeps the M3s sixth in the league table, but close the gap on Helensburgh to just two points having played a game less.

L2s 3-3 Waverley Inveresk Trinity 1s (S McHugh, L Redpath, R McGregor)

Clydesdale Western 2s missed out on the opportunity to go third in Women’s Championship Division One after a 3-3 draw against a determined Waverley Inveresk Trinity 1s side at Titwood.

A goal each from Sarah McHugh, Louise Redpath and Rhona McGregor was not enough to give Donald Amour’s side a win that would have taken them above Stirling University 1s.

Long term, the draw also sees the L2s fall further behind league leaders Edinburgh University 2s – with a 13 point deficit, despite having played a game less.

Saturday – L5s 1-1 Stepps 1s (R Brown); Sunday – L5s 1-2 Glasgow Accies 2s (L Halley)

Clydesdale Western 5s double header weekend saw them secure a well earned point at home to Stepps 1s – but lost out to Glasgow Accies at Upper Windyedge on Sunday in Women’s West District Division Two.

Against Stepps 1s, Rachel Brown got the L5s goal in a 1-1 draw at Titwood.  Lauren Halley’s goal on Sunday unfortunately made no difference in the results stake as Trish Lonergan’s side lost 2-1 to Accies 2s.

The L5s are fifth in the league table, but are only three points off second spot whilst holding at least a game in hand on their near rivals.

M4s 1-5 Rottenrow 2s (O Pathi)

Clydesdale Men’s 4s lost in Men’s West District Division Two in a late passback at home to Rottenrow 2s.

The result was somewhat harsh on the youthful M4s side who came in at the half time interval holding a 0-0 scoreline.  And despite Oran Pathi’s goal, the home side were unable to stop the five goals going past goalkeeper Dougie Mann.

The loss keeps the Men’s 4s side ninth in the league table.

L4s 2-1 Ardrossan 1s (S McConnell, A Menzies)

Clydesdale Western 4s picked up a crucial win away to Ardrossan 1s to remain top of Women’s West District Division One.

Goals from Shona McConnell and Ann Menzies gave the L4s a 2-1 win against Ardrossan.

The win was the L4s sixth of the league campaign to keep them three points clear of champions Rottenrow 1s, despite having played a game extra.

Saturday – L6s 1-6 Greenock Morton 1s (A Sturgess); Sunday – L6s 1-2 Dumfries L2s (E Gilmour)

Clydesdale Western 6s lost back-to-back games on the weekend in Women’s West District Division Three against Greenock Morton 1s and Dumfries Ladies 2s.

Despite a great effort on the Saturday, the L6s lost 6-1 away to league leaders Greenock Morton 1s – the away side’s goal coming from Anne Sturgess.

Another decent performance was produced on Sunday by Rachel Brewer’s side but unfortunately came off second best, going down 2-1 to Dumfries Ladies 2nd XI, despite Emma Gilmour’s goal.  The L6s remain ninth in the league standings.

Sunday – M5s 0-8 Dumfries M2s

Clydesdale Men’s 5s endured a tough day on Sunday in Men’s West District Division Three South after losing out to Dumfries Men’s 2nd XI at Titwood.

The M5s had no answer from a strong Dumfries M2s side who scored eight goals to stay top of the league table.  The M5s remain sixth despite Sunday’s result.

Weekend Preview – 23rd/24th November

With the M1s, M2s, L1s and L3s finished league games for the first half of the season, our ‘Weekend Preview’ will take focus on Saturday & Sunday’s home games. In addition, the club will be hosting its next Club Social – The ‘Dale Does Taskmaster – 6.30pm start on Saturday!

Saturday 23rd November

M3s vs. Helensburgh 1s – 12.00 noon (H)

Clydesdale Men’s 3s begin the card of Titwood games with a 12.00 noon passback against Helensburgh 1s in Men’s West District Division One.

The M3s dropped a place to sixth in the league table following their 2-0 loss to Kelburne 3s last Saturday.

But skipper Craig Bradley makes a welcome return to an M3s side that will be keen to close the gap between themselves and tomorrow’s opponents, Helensburgh 1s, who are currently five points clear in fourth having played a game extra.

L2s vs. Waverley Inveresk Trinity 1s – 1.30pm (H)

Clydesdale Western 2nd XI have a couple of catch up games, starting with Saturday’s home fixture in Women’s Championship Division One against Waverley Inveresk Trinity 1s from 1.30pm.

After a sluggish start to the league campaign, Head Coach Donald Amour has overseen a transition, with the L2s securing three straight league wins to lift them to fourth in the league table.

Amour’s side will be keen to bounce back from their Scottish Cup exit last Sunday against Stirling University, but will have taken solace in their relentless performance. Waverley Inveresk Trinity lifted themselves off the foot of the table following their first win of the league season last Saturday.

L5s vs. Stepps 1s – 3.00pm (H)

Following a two week absence from hockey due to unplayable pitches, Clydesdale Western 5s are back in action in Women’s West District Division Two at home to Stepps 1s, 3.00pm PB.

The L5s have had superb start to the season, having picked up ten from a possible fifteen points in the league, leaving them fourth in the league table having played at least two games fewer than the teams above them.

Trish Lonergan will have to guide her team past a Stepps side who are three places below on the same points, meaning a win could take the visitors above the L5s with a win.

M4s vs. Rottenrow 2s – 4.30pm (H)

Clydesdale Men’s 4s complete the card of Saturday’s home games in Men’s West District Division Two with the visit of Rottenrow 2s from 4.30pm.

The M4s have had a difficult first half, having picked up a win and a draw after seven games. The win, however, arrived a fortnight ago that lifted them off bottom spot in the league table to ninth.

The home side will need to show similar form against a Rottenrow 2s side that are fifth in the table following a decent showing in their respective seven league matches.

L4s vs. Ardrossan 1s – 1.00pm (A); L6s vs. Greenock Morton 1s – 2.00pm (A)

Two away games for our Clydesdale Western teams take place on Saturday, the first beginning with the L4s from 1.00pm.

The L4s visit Ardrossan 1s in hope to maintain top spot in Women’s West District Division One by the end of the day. The L6s have played some decent hockey in the past few games, and will be keen to turn these performances into consistent results in Women’s West District Division Three. They are away to Greenock Morton 1s from 2.00pm.

A reminder – ‘The ‘Dale Does Taskmaster’ will take place on Saturday 23rd November, 6.30pm start. Everyone is welcome!

Sunday 24th November

M5s vs. Dumfries M2s – 12.30pm (H)

Clydesdale Men’s 5s will be aiming to follow up last weekend’s first win of the season when they host Dumfries Men’s 2s from 12.30pm at Titwood on Sunday.

A solitary goal from Tim Hart gave the M5s a 1-0 win over Giffnock 3s in Men’s West District Division Three South. The win took the M5s off bottom spot in the table, and a win on Sunday could see them jump a further two places.

But the home side will no doubt have their work cut out as Dumfries 2s are top of the table with a 100% record so far.

L6s vs. Dumfries L2s – 2.00pm (H)

Clydesdale Western 6s will have two games this weekend in Women’s West District Division Three when they play Dumfries Ladies 2s from 2.00pm on Sunday at Titwood.

Sunday’s encounter with Dumfries’ Ladies 2nd XI could prove to be pivotal, as their Southern opponents are a place below the L6s in bottom spot.

L5s vs. Glasgow Accies 2s – 12.30pm (A)

Like the L6s, Clydesdale Western 5s will have a double header, completing their weekend off with an away fixture against Glasgow Accies 2s, 12.30pm PB on Sunday.

If results go their way on Saturday and Sunday, the L5s could have the opportunity to go above Accies 2s in Women’s West District Division Two. Accies 2s are currently a place above the L5s in the league standings.

Photo credit: Claire MacDonald

M1s & L1s slip in final outdoor games before break – Weekend Review – 16th/17th November

Saturday 16th November

L1s 0-1 Watsonians 1s

Clydesdale Western 1st XI missed out on the opportunity to stretch their lead at the top of the Women’s Premiership after falling to a narrow defeat to Watsonians at Peffermill that sees the Edinburgh side move level on points.

A goal from Heather Tait in the second quarter was enough to give Watsonians all three points and inflict a second league defeat on Clydesdale Western.  The L1s still remain top of the Women’s Premiership – via goal difference – despite Watsonians and Dundee Wanderers drawing level on points following respective wins in the league.

In a game that saw returns for Ali Howie and Bronwyn Shields and a first L1s appearance of the season for Emma McGregor, Derek Forsyth’s side started well, creating goalscoring chances that went unconverted.  In the second quarter, it was the home side that took the lead as a fast counter attack led to Tait scoring.

The final two quarters were not too dissimilar.  Clydesdale Western applied pressure to win penalty corners and create scoring chances.  But a strong Watsonians defence saw out a strong L1s attacking force, which before Saturday had been scoring at will, to take the win.

M1s 1-5 Uddingston 1s (S Walker)

Clydesdale Men’s 1s failed to take advantage in the top four Play-Off race in the Men’s Premiership after succumbing to defeat against Uddingston at Bothwell Castle Policies on Saturday.

Having won three league games on the spin, Ciaran Crawford’s side were fourth heading into their contest with Uddy, despite having played a game extra than nearest rivals Edinburgh University.  Clydesdale, however, were missing eight players – most notably captain Gordon Amour and Graham Dunlop.

It was a decent start by the Titwood boys, but their play which created chances were missed before Uddingston took the lead.  A crashed ball into the circle saw a forward evade his marker to deflect in.  Struan Walker levelled proceedings not long after, reversing in low from a short corner.

The home side regained the lead with a slick passage of play that found a forward in a one on one before slotting past ‘Dale goalkeeper Sean Mahoney.  The penultimate quarter was dominated by the South Lanarkshire side, putting ‘Dale on the back foot to score two more goals to take the game further away from their opponents.  To make matters worse for Crawford, an injury to Mahoney meant his side played the final quarter with eleven outfield.

Despite having a goalkeeper off, the away side held possession well to create plenty of chances.  But those chances were crucially missed and a loss of possession right at the end led to Uddingston rolling in a fifth goal.  The result sees Clydesdale drop to fifth on 13 points, with Uni replacing them following their 4-4 draw away to Kelburne.  Uddingston remain sixth, but close the gap between themselves and fourth place.

M2s 5-4 Inverleith 2s (A Docherty, M Cockburn (2), A Ingram, C Moulson); M3s 0-2 Kelburne 3s; M4s P-P Uddingston 4s; M5s 1-0 Giffnock 3s (T Hart)

L2s 6-0 George Heriots FP 1s (S Lonergan (2), R McGregor (2), L Redpath, L Arnold); L3s 1-0 Hillhead 2s (C MacDonald); L4s 1-0 Loch Lomond 1s (C Stirling); L5s P-P Kelburne 3s; L6s 2-6 Uddingston 3s (S Moulson; M McFadzean)

Despite two postponements, there were five wins for our Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams on Saturday.

The L2s were the most convincing winners, as doubles from Sarah Lonergan and Rhona McGregor gave their side a 6-0 win at home to George Heriots FP 1s.  Louise Redpath and Lucy Arnold also scored as the L2s continue to rise in Women’s Championship Division One.  The L3s remain second in the same league following a 1-0 win away to Hillhead 2s thanks to a Claire MacDonald goal.

Two goals from the returning Michael Cockburn saw the M2s win a ding-dong affair in a late passback at home to Inverleith 2s in Men’s Regional Division One.  The M2s found themselves all over the place, conceding less than a minute in before going a two down just after five minutes.  Adam Docherty’s penalty flick and Cockburn’s first drew the home side level ten minutes later, but the Edinburgh side retook shortly after the M2s equaliser.  Alex Ingram then shuffled past no more than five defenders in the penalty circle before crashing in a sublime third goal just before half time.  Colin Moulson’s deft near post finish in the second half gave Stuart Banford’s side the lead for the first time in the game. But the lead did not last long as the home side conceded a flick to be pegged back.  Cockburn had the final say, however, running half the length of the pitch uncontested to slam home.

The M3s were seen off at Glasgow Green by Kelburne 3s, going down 2-0 in Men’s West District Division One.  The M5s lifted off the bottom of Men’s West District Division Three South after a narrow 1-0 win against Giffnock 3s, with Tim Hart’s attempted pass in the D inadvertently being put in for the game’s only goal.  The L4s also won 1-0 as Cath Stirling’s goal away to Loch Lomond 1s kept her side top of Women’s West District Division One.

Despite taking a 2-0 lead, the L6s went down 6-2 to Uddingston 3s in Women’s West District Division Three.  Skye Moulson was quickest to a rebound to open the scoring, before Molly McFadzean’s overhead smash doubled the L6s lead. But Uddingston’s experience showed as they hit back with six unanswered goals to seal victory.

Frozen pitches saw the postponements of both the M4s and L5s league games.

Sunday 17th November

Women’s Scottish Cup Second Round

L2s 0-1 Stirling University 1s

Clydesdale Western’s hopes of Scottish Cup glory ended for another season as the 2nd XI bowed out at the Second Round following a narrow defeat to Stirling University 1s at Gannochy Sports Centre.

The L2s, who regularly face Stirling Uni in Women’s Championship Division One, conceded a goal midway through the first half. There was an almost instant respone from the away side following the award of a penalty flick, but Stirling Uni’s goalkeeper saved from defender Louise Redpath.

The second period saw the L2s step up in shape, and found themselves almost buried inside the home side’s final 25. But a series of chances were crucially missed as the home side held on to seal a passage into the next round of the Scottish Cup.

Women’s Scottish Plate First Round

L1s 3-0 Edinburgh University 2s (J Eadie, A Hoolaghan, S Lonergan)

Clydesdale Western 1s got their Scottish Plate campaign off to a routine win against Edinburgh University’s 2nd XI at Peffermill on Sunday.

The L1s bounced back from defeat 24 hours before as Jen Eadie and a first ever 1st XI goal for Anna Hoolaghan and Sarah Lonergan gave their side a 3-0 away win against Uni 2s.

Hoolaghan got the scoring started quickly after converting from close range following good play down the left hand channel. A similar passage of play followed for ‘Dale Western’s second goal, which saw Lonergan pounce quickest to a rebound off an initially saved Anna Logan shot. Eadie made it three when exchanged passes with Bronywn Shields led to the former attempting a pass in the circle that was unintentionally converted by a home side defender.

In the second period, it was more of the same for the visitors, who had the majority of possession. But for the chances created, including penalty corners, none were converted as the first half scoreline remained the same to seal a place in the Second Round of the Women’s Scottish Plate.

Men’s Scottish Cup Second Round

M1s P-P Grange 1s

Men’s Scottish District Cup Second Round

M2s P-P Eskvale 1s

Men’s Scottish Reserve Cup Second Round

M3s P-P Dunfermline Carnegie 3s

Women’s Scottish Plate First Round

L3s P-P Hillhead 1s

Unfortunately, five Cup and Plate games were called off on Sunday due to frozen and unplayable pitches.

These fixtures will be replayed at a date to be confirmed later in the season.

Photo credit: Mark Pugh