Hockey: Inverleith kick off with emphatic wins

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Inverleith will face three tough tests next weekend as they continue their defence of the Scottish indoor hockey title in Perth.

The holders will play Dundee Wanderers, Edinburgh rivals Grange and Glasgow side Hillhead after starting their campaign on Saturday with two emphatic wins.

And the Edinburgh side’s Fife-based coach, Stuart Neave, now knows which aspects of the game he needs to work on ahead of Saturday’s three games.

Inverleith beat Glasgow-based Clydesdale 9-0 with Olympian Stephen Dick netting five goals at Perth on Saturday.

And they then eclipsed another West of Scotland outfit, Western, 12-2, with Fife-born Adam Mackenzie scoring four penalty corners. Inverleith were 9-1 ahead at the break and eased off.

Neave said: “The first game was a typical opener – a wee bit scrappy – but we played some excellent hockey in the first half against Western and were 9-1 ahead at half-time.

“Overall, Saturday was a satisfactory opening day, but next weekend will be harder with three games.”