Inverleith hockey still have things to learn

Stuart Neave believes his Inverleith hockey squad can continue to learn as the indoor men's competition hots up.

Monday, 16th January 2017, 5:30 am

Inverleith, who remain second in the table of eight. thrashed bottom club Uddingston 9-1 after being 5-1 ahead at the break with Patrick Christie claiming a treble. Stephen Dick and Derek Salmond each scored twice with goals from Adam Mackenzie and Sean Stewart.

Inverleith then beat Western 7-3 after being only 3-2 ahead at the break. Mackenzie was on the mark with three penalty corner strikes while Dick also netted two from penalty corners. Christie and Salmond also scored.

Coach Neave said: “We played well against Uddingston and were always in control. The goal we conceded was from a penalty corner but against Western we too often allowed them to play to their strengths.

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“We were never behind and I’m very pleased to score five out of six penalty corners.”

He added: “Both games presented different challenges and allowed us to keep learning and improving as we move towards the group/knockout phase.”

Grange lost 6-3 to leaders Bromac Kelburne but bounced back to thrash PSL Team Sport Clydesdale 9-2 with Scottish internationalist Luke Cranney netting four goals. The Edinburgh side remain in fourth place.