Hockey: Big weekend for struggling Grange

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MATT CONNOR bagged two goals as Grange hockey opened their account for the season with a 2-2 draw with Western last weekend, but the Scottish under-21 forward is frustrated about Grange’s return so far this season.

The Capital side sit second bottom of the ten-strong table with one point from two games.

Grange had targeted maximum points from both their opener at Dundee Wanderers, which they lost 2-1, and the home clash with Western.

They travel to third-placed Hillhead tomorrow and entertain bottom club Inverleith 24 hours later.

Connor said: “We’re looking for full points from the double-header. We’re a developing team, but it is frustrating that we drew on Saturday after being in such a good position. They were struggling, but got a lift from their opening goal.

“The 2-1 Dundee defeat was disappointing and we have to move on from here.”

He added: “We’re looking to finish in the top four at least. We’ve got some experienced players and also got some really good young players who are knitting into the side. Our job is to continue to work hard in training and we believe the results will come.”

Meanwhile, Inverleith’s interim playcaller Stuart Neave is looking to lift the side ahead of the weekend. It opens when they host Clydesdale, who are fifth in the table, at Peffermill tomorrow (3pm).

Neave said: “We talk about what we have to do and we have to go out there and do it. We’re working hard and, hopefully, things will happen.”

Edinburgh University, boosted by their 4-2 home win over Inverleith, host Kelburne, champions for the past nine years. Player-coach Graham Moodie said: “We’re not expected to beat Kelburne. Some of my squad have played Kelburne before but the newcomers haven’t. The guys want to play against international players as it is a challenge to them.”