Mackenzie sure Inverleith can turn tables on Uni

Inverleith's Adam Mackenzie. Picture: Kate Chandler
Inverleith's Adam Mackenzie. Picture: Kate Chandler
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Inverleith host Edinburgh University in hockey’s Division One tonight (8pm) at Fettes hoping for a better outcome than the last time they met.

Last month, they squared up in a monsoon with the students coming out on top 4-0. However, Adam Mackenzie, Inverleith’s experienced utility player, believes his men are better equipped this time. And the Fife-born player, pictured, wants to put last Saturday’s disappointing 5-2 home defeat to Clydesdale behind them.

It’s a key game in mid-table with Inverleith in seventh with 12 points from ten games. Edinburgh are sixth with 16 points from ten starts and Mackenzie said: “We gave away goals last Saturday and played catch up. We’re better than that.”

The students drew 2-2 at Hillhead, who are eighth, but only courtesy of a late goal.

Meanwhile, second-placed Grange host Clydesdale (12.30) who are fifth. Their coach John McKnight and the squad were boosted by their victory over Inverleith at Peffermill, but would love to claim a win double over Grange.

McKnight knows it will be tough at Grange, who are attempting to bounce back after being beaten 2-0 at champions Kelburne on Sunday to leave them on 22 points – eight behind Kelburne who have also played ten games.

Colin Clarke, Grange’s coach, said: “We know Saturday is a big game for us as we lost to Clydesdale in the opening game of the season.”

Elsewhere, Watsonians, who prop up the table without a point, entertain Inverleith tomorrow (3pm) while Edinburgh University (3.15) host a Western side edged 3-2 by Grange last week to leave them fourth in the ten-strong table.