Hockey: Inverleith face tough challenge to catch up on leaders

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INVERLEITH look to claw back a six-point gap on early pace-setters Grove Menzieshill tomorrow in the chase for the Scottish indoor Division One hockey title.

The Edinburgh combine, who won the trophy last season, halting Grove’s seven-year reign at the top, face a tough triple-header at Perth.

They open against West of Scotland-based Kelburne, the outdoor champions, who are sixth in the table with two wins from five games. Then Inverleith clash with seventh-placed Dundee Wanderers, who have won one of their four games so far, and finish against Clydesdale who are fifth with two wins from four starts.

Coach Stuart Neave’s men have nine points from their four matches while Grove, who play bottom club Edinburgh and fourth-placed Western, have 15 from a five-game winning streak.

Pointless Edinburgh, who were promoted this season, also play Grove and Dundee Wanderers while Grange, who are third with seven points, face Dundee Wanderers and Kelburne.