GRANGE came from 1-0 and 2-1 down to overpower bottom club Dundee Wanderers 5-2 in a bad tempered hockey match at Peffermill.
It featured the controversial award of the Edinburgh’s side equalising goal at 1-1, while Wanderers’ Bobby Ralph was on his knees in the D after claiming he had been hit on the head.
But David Knipe, Grange’s assistant coach, said: “We featured two 17-year-old players, Mark King and Joe McCluskey and a 14-year-old, Sam Weissen, as we were so short of players through injury and unavailability.”
Grange’s goals came from Nani Malgosa, Andrew Brogdon, skipper Cammy Fraser, Frank Ryan and Matt Connor.
And Knipe, whose side have won three and drawn one of their last five matches, added: “We were more like ourselves in the second-half but we’re working hard in training looking to improve.”
Elsewhere, seriously under-strength Inverleith, minus three of their most senior players, Adam Mackenzie, Derek Salmond and banned Tom Cousins, held Scottish Cup holders Grove Menzieshill 1-1 on Tayside.
Patrick Christie netted for Inverleith and Grove levelled in the final minute after the Edinburgh side had been reduced to ten men when Phil Hall was red carded.
Ross Simpson, one of Inverleith’s senior players, said: “This was a battling performance by the guys who defended really well throughout as Grove had most of the possession.”
Goalkeeper Max Furste denied Hillhead a ninth win five minutes from time, the Edinburgh University player pulling off a brilliant save.
The Glasgow side’s coach, Keith Joss, said: “It was an unbelievable save from a deflection.”
The students lead through Dutch newcomer Koen Waasdorf before Ewan Campbell levelled.
Aberdeen’s form slump continued having lost their last five games following their 2-1 reverse at Clydesdale.
At the other end of the table, Kelburne are three points clear of the chasing pack after beating Western 4-0.And, sportingly, Western’s coach Harry Dunlop said: “To be honest, it was a well deserved win.”
Goals by Michael Christie, his older brother Johnny, player/coach Mark Ralph and rising star Jack McKenzie secured in-form Kelburne’s fifth straight victory.
Division One (men): Kelburne 4, Western 0; Grange 5, Dundee Wanderers 2; Grove Menzieshill 1, Inverleith 1; Hillhead 1, Edinburgh University 1; Clydesdale 2, Aberdeen 1.