FORMER Scotland captain Mike Leonard helped steer ambitious but injury-hit Grange to a confidence-boosting 4-0 victory over former hockey Division One pace-setters Hillhead.
The George Watson’s schoolmaster has concentrated on playing for the club’s second team in recent years, but stood in at the last minute after call-offs from Duncan Birse, Adam Walker, Martin Kelly and Spanish import Nani Malgosa.
Leonard had a solid game as Grange, who also drafted in two final-year Loretto schoolboys, snuffed out Hillhead to claim their seventh win of the campaign and move on to 23 points from 12 games.
They are Edinburgh’s highest-placed side in Division One and the victory was secured thanks to a double by experienced Andrew Brogdon. The Stockbridge-based club also celebrated goals by Frank Ryan and Andrew Campbell.
Utility player Stewart Laing said: “This was a professional performance. We’ve been training hard since our last match and it paid off.”
Elsewhere, Edinburgh University were beaten 3-0 at nine-in-a-row champions Kelburne, but coach Graham Moodie was pleased with their commitment.
The students defended well but a measure of the West of Scotland side’s dominance is that their stand-in goalkeeper, Fergus Burrows, only had one shot to save in 70 minutes.
Experienced Inverleith player Adam Mackenzie praised his men after a battling 2-2 draw at Clydesdale as the Edinburgh club maintained seventh spot in the table with 12 points, three ahead of Edinburgh University.
Tom Cousins and Andrew Dane scored for Inverleith, who hit penalty trouble, but Mackenzie said: “We’ve earned eight points from our last four games which is really positive.”