Calm Reivers let the ball do the work

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Reivers 6

Inverleith 1

EAST MEN’S DIVISION TWO

A CONTROLLED second-half performance by Reivers secured them a crucial league victory.

In a fixture in which Reivers had extra numbers on the field, the opening 10 minutes defied expectations. Inverleith threatened to score from a barrage of quick attacks and a number of short corners, while the Borderers struggled to get out of first gear.

It was Sean Ramsay who broke the deadlock midway through the first half before Kriss Darling added to the Reivers’ lead. However, a lapse in concentration and a number of misguided passes allowed the opposition to pull one back.

Despite this, the fear of a comeback was put to bed after a textbook short corner and a neat finish from Graham Lofthouse. Battle-hardened Andy Bell ended the half by creating a three-goal advantage.

The 4-1 interval lead gave the home side some space for a more settled second half. Veteran Lofthouse emphasised the need for “greater composure on the ball” and to “let the ball do the work”.

The side followed his instructions to a T.

With superb support work from midfield, the Reivers were able to put together flowing moves which resulted in one each for goal-hungry strikers Bell and Darling.

Man of the match, sponsored by Blinkbonny Quarry: Kriss Darling

Reivers: S. Young, S. Ramsay, P. Conkie, S. Pitman, R. Girvan, G. Lofthouse, T. Watkin, A. Bell, M. Gilchrist, K. Darling, A. Rajput, C. Stockdale, C. Tucker and J. Fletcher.