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Nicola Lowrey
Nicola Lowrey

Scotland women`s under 21 squad sit in second spot in the European Nations Championships 11 in Aleksin.

The side, which features nine southsiders, are currently two points behind hosts Russia.

The team’s quest for a gold medal and promotion started well when the women opened their campaign with a comfortable 3-1 win over the Czech Republic.

After going 1-0 down, Giffnock`s Alex Wilson hit a reverse stick volley past the goalkeeper to make it 1-1 at the interval.

Former Hutchesons’ Grammar pupil Fiona Bruce scored the second after the break before captain Kerry Hall sealed the win from the spot.

The girls received a slight dent to their hopes of a gold medal when they were held to a 0-0 draw by a stuffy Ukranian side in their second pool match.

Coach Dave Stott has two injury concerns in the squad, as former Hutchie pupil and current Milne Craig star Nicola Lowrey has a back strain and has yet to play in the tournament.

She will undergo a fitness test to see if she is able to turn out in future ties.

Meanwhile Edinburgh University`s Bethan Mann - a former Craigholme pupil- is sidelined with a twisted ankle and that will need rest if she is to play a part in the latter stages.

Dave Stott said: “ It was important not to lose in the opening two matches, and we did that but six points would have been better. So it`s important to win our next two games against Austria and Lithuania and set up a showdown with Russia in the final match.”

“I believe we have the players to win our remaining games and win promotion, Russia on their own patch will be the biggest test.

“I was disappointed with what I`ve seen of them so far, but they are very dangerous at penalty corners.”

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