Veteran Stuart returns to the firing line with Inverleith

Andrew Mackenzie, centre, with fellow Inverlieth players. Picture: Kate Chandler
Andrew Mackenzie, centre, with fellow Inverlieth players. Picture: Kate Chandler
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EXPERIENCED goalkeeper Graham Stuart makes a comeback to top-line hockey this weekend for the first time in almost a year.

He has been drafted in by Inverleith, who are keen to make up lost ground after a shock defeat to Edinburgh rivals Grange in the opening exchanges of the Division One indoor campaign last weekend at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth. Former Olympian Graham Moodie is also in the squad, but Graham’s younger brother, Ian, and fellow Scottish outdoor international Chris Duncan is unavailable for the second phase, also in Perth.

Adam Mackenzie is confident Inverleith can move on from the Grange defeat and cites the convincing victory over Glasgow side Hillhead in their second game last Saturday as evidence. Inverleith face Western – with former Olympic squad player Vishal Marwaha in their line-up – Dundee Wanderers and early-pace setters Kelburne in a tricky triple-header.

Mackenzie said: “We created lots of chances (against Grange). We hit the post twice and had two kicked off the line. We also made mistakes which they capitalised on. It was disappointing and frustrating, but that is what Grange were set up to do, and credit to them. We came back to beat Hillhead.”

He added: “Saturday was interesting, but this Saturday gives us three games and we will need to be better defensively.”

The pick of the games is against early pace-setters Kelburne and Mackenzie added: “The new system suits Kelburne who have fine individual players who can cause you problems.”

Third-place Grange play second-place Grove Menzieshill in their first game and then face second-bottom Hillhead.