Grange hockey coach Colin Clarke saw his team maintain the pressure on Division One pacesetters Kelburne but was disappointed with his side’s performance at Fettes despite a 6-2 win over pointless Dundee Wanderers.
The Stockbridge-based club took their tally to 15 points to stay in second place on goal difference behind ten-in-a-row champions Kelburne.
Doubles from Callum Milne, skipper Cammy Fraser and new Australian marksman Todd Harmsworth counted while Paul Dailly and Bobby Ralph scored for Dundee.
But Clarke, who was pleased with the showing of several teenagers drafted into the side because of injury and unavailability, said: “I’m happy with the points but we have still to reach the level we are capable of.
“It was also good that we scored six goals but we still need to turn possession into outcomes in the final third of the pitch.”
Kelburne beat lowly Inverleith 5-2 at Peffermill although they had to come from behind to take the points and were only 3-2 ahead at the break.
Western are also on 15 points and stay third thanks to their comfortable 5-2 home success over Aberdeen-based Gordonians, who slip to fifth after Edinburgh University came from behind at Peffermill to win 3-1 against city rivals Watsonians who stay bottom.
The students’ goals came from Olympian Stephen Dick, Aedan McCrossan and Jamie Wong. Craig McCrossan, Aedan’s brother, opened the scoring for Watsonians.
Graham Moodie, the students’ coach, said: “That takes us on to 13 points and into fourth place and it is a really pleasing start to the season.”