Inverleith give French stick in Euro hockey win

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OLYMPIAN Stephen Dick and former Commonwealth Games star Derek Salmond steered Inverleith to a confidence-boosting EuroHockey Trophy victory.

The Scottish champions’ 5-3 win over French kingpins Valenciennes followed a 4-2 defeat by Polish cracks WKS Grunwald in their opener in Lyngby, Denmark.

Two late goals sealed the welcome win over Valenciennes.

The sides were locked at 3-3 with 13 minutes remaining in a tight game but Dick slotted home after 30 minutes and Salmond followed up with one minute left on the clock.

The French side had opened the scoring after three minutes from a penalty corner only for Dick to level four minutes later after the Scots were awarded a penalty stroke.

Valenciennes went ahead for a second time 60 seconds later and held the slender advantage at the break. Salmond levelled two minutes into the half and skipper Andy Malcolm put them ahead three minutes later.

The French equalised two minutes after that but Dick and Salmond made sure of the win.