Hockey: Inverleith aim to stamp out ‘sloppy’ play

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INVERLEITH coach Stuart Neave has four training sessions to work on his side before the indoor hockey league resumes.

The defending Scottish indoor champions need to tweak their game after being forced to come from behind twice at Perth on Saturday to preserve their 100 per cent record and remain the only unbeaten team in the competition.

The Edinburgh side were 5-2 down to a strong Kelburne side who had Commonwealth Games stars Alan Forsyth, Michael Bremner and Iain Scholefield plus Scotland under-age internationals, Jack McKenzie and Lee Morton, on court.

But the champions powered back in the second-half, winning it 5-0 for a 7-5 scoreline, with Derek Salmond and Adam Mackenzie scoring two goals each. Stephen Dick, Patrick Christie and Graham Moodie also counted.

And Inverleith were 2-0 down to Dundee-based Grove Menzieshill in their second outing but ran out comfortable 6-4 winners.

Moodie top scored with three goals, two from penalty corners, with Dick scoring a double and Ross Jamieson a single.

Neave admitted: “We were sloppy in the first half of our opening game. We just made too many mistakes and we also didn’t take our chances, but we have Saturday off and we’ve got four training sessions before we go again.”