Will Butler optimistic following Watsonians’ improvement

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Watsonians go into tomorrow’s Division One hockey clash at Western with renewed optimism following their 6-0 Scottish Cup win at Greenock last weekend.

Skipper Will Butler said: “It was a good win against Greenock and pleasing, as Sunday games on the road are always tough. Our forwards, in particular, played well and we put a lot of our training into practice.

“Western are a team that has consistently challenged for the top four and will represent a stern test.

“Our performances over last weekend were both strong and, whilst we didn’t get a result against Hillhead (Watsonians lost 2-0), we played a lot of good hockey and had a lot of possession. We just need to be a little bit more clinical.

“We always knew the first half of the season after promotion would be tough and this weekend will be no exception.”

Elsewhere, Grange play Inverleith tomorrow (11.45am) at Peffermill with experienced Phil Sully standing in for set-piece specialist Rob Barr.

Edinburgh University are also in action against champions Kelburne at Peffermill, the Paisley side having returned from Barcelona where they were knocked out of the EuroHockey League.