Hockey: Inverleith aim to warm up for semi-final with win

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Inverleith continue their defence of the Scottish indoor hockey title with a clash against improving PSL Team Sport Clydesdale at Perth tomorrow (face-off 11.35am).

The west of Scotland side collected four points in last weekend’s double-header at the Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC) and the Edinburgh side don’t expect an easy game.

Inverleith coach Stuart Neave said: “It is our final group game and Clydesdale did well last weekend.”

They edged Western Wildcats 5-4 and drew 4-4 with Uddingston Riva and are third in the four-strong Pool 1B. Inverleith have 15 points from five straight wins, with Uddingston second on seven points and Clydesdale on five points.

Neave added: “We’ll not be taking them lightly and hope the fixture will provide us with good preparation ahead of the semi-final the following weekend.”

Grange are on duty against Dundee side Grove Menzieshill, who are top of Pool 1A.

The Edinburgh side have improved as the season has gone on and coach Callum Milne knows he has a sound back-stop in goalkeeper Sean Hadfield.

His experience of playing for Scotland in the EuroHockey Indoor Championship Division Two has proved a real bonus for the Edinburgh club.

Grange drew 7-7 with Bromac Kelburne and beat MJV Dundee Wanderers 8-6 last weekend at the DISC and are second in their pool with eight points.

Leaders Grove are sitting on 13 points.