Adam Mackenzie brace helps lift Inverleith

Adam Mackenzie, right. Photo: Kate Chandler
Adam Mackenzie, right. Photo: Kate Chandler
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TWO-GOAL Adam Mackenzie today praised his team-mates after Inverleith jumped off bottom spot in hockey’s Division One and into eighth place after a battling 3-2 victory at fellow strugglers Aberdeen.

The Fife-born internationalist said: “This was a huge team effort. We’ve been playing really well recently but not getting results. This time we did.”

Ross Simpson opened his account for the season with the game-winning goal, described by Mackenzie as “the goal of the game”.

He added: “This was a magnificent result for us and there were a lot of good performances on Saturday. Now we move on from here.”

Edinburgh University bounced back from a 2-0 half-time deficit to snatch a 2-2 draw in the Capital with Grove Menzieshill, the Scottish Cup holders.

Oliver James and Chris Wilson netted for the Dundee side while drag flick specialist Ali Wood and lively Dutchman Koen Waasdorp scored for the students.

Davie Reid, Edinburgh’s assistant coach, said: “We lost 6-1 at Grove in our first match of the season and now we take a point off them – that shows how we have improved.”

Former pace-setters Hillhead slip to second after being held 4-4 at third-placed Western while Grange, who are fourth, drew 2-2 with sixth-placed Clydesdale in Glasgow.