Inverleith hockey target a crucial victory

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INVERLEITH hockey stalwart Derek Salmond eyed tomorrow’s basement battle at Dundee Wanderers and admitted: “Points are a must.”

The Edinburgh club prop up the ten-strong league with a single point from five Division One games. They have also lost 28 goals and scored 15.

Wanderers are ninth with three points following a narrow 2-1 win over Edinburgh club Grange.

Both clubs have an identical goal difference and Salmond said: “It’s crucial we get points on the board.

“We were disappointed with last weekend’s results as we produced spells of very good hockey. This week at training we have been working on a couple of key issues that presented last weekend and will, hopefully, bring about a quick change in fortune.”

Salmond, a Scottish international midfielder, said: “Dundee have had some good results recently. However, I’m confident we have the right group of players to take all three points at Dundee.”

Inverleith are noted for their junior development work and several of their players were this week on Scotland Under-21 duty in England. Salmond said: “I’m hoping they aren’t too tired come Saturday.”

Meanwhile, Graham Moodie warned his eighth-placed Edinburgh University squad to beware of Clydesdale’s in-form forward Ciaran Crawford.

He said: “Ciaran is in great scoring form, but we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”

Grange don’t have a game as their scheduled opponents, Kelburne, are playing in the Euro Hockey League in Barcelona.