Weekend joy for Clydesdale

Ciaran Crawford
Ciaran Crawford

IT WAS a weekend of progress for Greaves Clydesdale’s hockey men after a poor start to the season.

On Saturday, they drew 1-1 against second-placed Grange in the Subway national league - enough to take the Titwood team one place up the first division table.

Ben Peterson put Clydesdale ahead in the second half, and he was among the goalscorers the following day, too, in an eight-goal demolition of Waverley Inveresk Trinity Arthur McKay Scottish Cup second round.

Four goals from Ciaran Crawford and strikes from Gordon Munro, Fraser Hirst and Allan Law completed the scoring.

In the women’s Subway League on Saturday, both southside clubs - second-placed Giffnock and fourth-placed Milne Craig Clydesdale Western - maintained their interest in the championship race.

Giffnock beat Western Wildcats 4-0, with Iona Steven scoring in each half, while maximum points were sealed through efforts from Louise Fleming and Rhona Simpson.

Western dominated at home to Grange, but poor finishing restricted them to a 2-0 win. Holly Cram scored in the first half and Catriona Ralph netted near the end.

In the cup against Hillhead, Western’s scorers in a 8-0 victory were skipper Catriona Ralph with two and Nicola Pitticas, Jenny Eadie, Holly Cram, Anna-Mae Morton, Susan McGilivray and Nicki Skrastin.

Western’s second string overcame a two-goal half-time lead against Western Wildcats after Sheena McKelvie converted two penalty corners in the second half. But the Titwood eventually lost 3-2.

In the all-first division clash, Giffnock beat GHK 3-0, thanks to strikes by Iona Steven, Julie Mitchell and Rhona Simpson.