Inverleith must not let minds wander, warns Neave

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Inverleith playcaller Stuart Neave today called on his men to concentrate on their game in hand in the indoor hockey title chase and not look too far into the future.

Dundee Wanderers provide the opposition in the hockey club’s final pool game ahead of the Division One semi-finals.

The Tayside team have showed themselves to be resilient and well-organised in the round-robin phase.

And they sit with six points, the same as Inverleith who finished on top of the eight-strong table after the end of the regular season. Back-to-back wins last weekend against Falkirk (10-3) and Grange (5-4) have been a massive confidence boost.

And in Bobby Ralph they have a player who Inverleith must watch in the game which pushes off at 10am at Forthbank, Stirling, tomorrow.

Neave said: “We want to finish top of our group and, to do that, we need to beat Dundee Wanderers.

“That’s my instruction to the guys and we’ll have a strong squad out.”

That includes former Olympian Graham Moodie and Stuart’s younger brother Ian. Neave said: “The change of venue from Perth means we’ll play on a slightly faster surface as Stirling has a wooden floor.

“But the boys should be able to cope with that and move on. We want to win the last pool game and then the semi-final to take us into the final. We want to be back in Europe and this is the way to do that.”