Grange hockey stay top with victory in city derby

Granges Scottish international Duncan Riddell homes in on the ball during the clubs clash with Edinburgh rivals Watsonians at Fettes on Saturday. Picture: Nigel Duncan Media
Granges Scottish international Duncan Riddell homes in on the ball during the clubs clash with Edinburgh rivals Watsonians at Fettes on Saturday. Picture: Nigel Duncan Media
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CALLUM Milne’s double helped Grange hockey edge closer to the Division One title but the defender refused to look further than this weekend’s home joust with Hillhead.

The 10-0 victory over Watsonians at Fettes on Saturday consolidated pole position in the ten-strong table and it was their 14th victory in 16 league games so far this season.

It also takes Grange to 43 points, one ahead of defending champions, Bromac Kelburne, with two games remaining of the regular season.

And the margin of victory gives Grange a positive goal difference of 43, the same as Kelburne with the pressure mounting in the run-in to the title.

Milne, one of the most experienced members of the squad, said the team were concentrating on one game at a time.

He added: “We had a great start on Saturday with two goals inside the first ten minutes which settled us. We moved the ball quickly around the pitch and we dominated the game but we are looking no further than Saturday’s game against Hillhead.”

Irishman Frank Ryan opened the home side’s account followed by another from Scottish internationalist Duncan Riddell.

Joe Waterston, Milne, captain Cammy Fraser and Waterston again completed the first-half scoring.

The game went into a lull at the start of the second-half but Grange picked up the pace again and Fraser netted the seventh with Milne and Luke Cranney (twice) completing the scoring.

Elsewhere, it was an unhappy day for injury-hit Edinburgh University who slipped into the relegation mire.

They are now in eighth place, losing 3-2 to Hillhead after being 2-1 ahead at the break, Antonis Efthymiou and Alan Oldham netting for the home side.

Kelburne edged second-bottom PSL Team Sport Clydesdale 4-2 on the road while Western Wildcats beat improved Uddingston Deans Eng 3-0.

The biggest shock was bottom club AAM Gordonians beating third-placed Grove Menzieshill 1-0 in the Granite City.