Tayside tussle

The indoor season that dominates the winter hockey scene consists mainly of all the other teams trying to break the grip of the Tayside clubs on the skills of the sport.

So it was to nobody’s astonishment last Sunday that Dundee Wanderers beat Milne Craig Western 4-2 and overtook them at the top of the table in the second week of the season at Bell‘s Sports Centre, Perth.

Wanderers went two goals ahead before Western had woken up. But the Titwood-based team fought back, and eventually pulled one back when Susan McGilveray rammed home a low shot at a penalty corner.

Wanderers recovered their two-goal advantage just before the interval, but Western came out battling into the second half, enabling McGilveray to provide a repeat performance and make it 3-2.  Wanderers’ fourth goal, however, took the game away from the Glasgow club, leaving them in third place in the table at the Christmas break.

Earlier, Western had secured the full three points against Granite City Wanderers, anjoying a 12-goal romp against the team from Aberdeen.

Six of the goals came from the stick of Ali Howie, while McGilveray, Morag McLellan and Helen Walker each scored twice.  

On Saturday, Wanderers’s men had also defeated their counterparts from Titwood, taking all three points from their match against PSL Team Sport Clydesdale. Three ahead at the interval, the Dundonians made it four before a late goal by Ciaran Crawford put Clydesdale on the scoresheet. 

Kelburne also defeated Clydesdale, by 8-3, leaving the latter languishing in mid-table.