Hockey: Scots edged out by slick Belgians

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GAVIN SOMMERVILLE made a series of quality saves but Scotland were edged 4-3 by Belgium in their opening hockey clash in the Four Nations tournament in Glasgow.

The Western goalkeeper undoubtedly kept Scotland in the game and Derek Forsyth’s men must recover quickly as they face England at the National Hockey Centre later today (3pm).

The coach will be encouraged by the performance on a damp, cold night.

Scotland battled well and had some quality phases of play against their opposition ranked No.4 in the world.

And the home side went ahead through former Kelburne sniper Kenny Bain, who now plays in Holland, after seven minutes. It took the lively Belgian side 13 minutes to level through Tanguy Cosyns whose reverse stick shot was deflected in.

And Tom Boon put Belgium ahead two minutes later from a penalty stroke after an illegal foot block on the line, his pace beating Sommerville.

Scotland held the Belgium side to that scoreline at half-time but it only took the visitors five minutes to move 3-1 ahead when Loick Luypert netted.

Boon made it 4-1 after 51 minutes when he was left unmarked at the far post but Scotland refused to lie down.

Skipper Chris Grassick, a former Inverleith star who is one of two Scots in the Great Britain squad, pulled one back for Scotland with a neat deflection five minutes from time.

And Grange midfielder Gary Cameron slotted Scotland’s third with two minutes remaining when he was left unmarked at the far post.