Fjordhus rue missed opportunity to leapfrog Erskine

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Erskine Stewart’s Melville 3

Borders Fjordhus 1

NATIONAL LADIES’ DIVISION TWO

AT A wet and windy Inverleith, the Border Fjordhus ladies’ team took on the outfit that lie one place above them in the league.

Stewart’s Melville started the game at a furious pace and it was only thanks to keeper Gwen Bradley that Borderers managed to keep the score at 0-0.

A lovely sweeping movement starting with Denise Fairbairn and moving to Siobhan Murphy who, in turn, found Elena Lunn at Top D saw the Borderers unlucky not to take the lead.

However, it was the homesters that went ahead with a goal against the run of play.

Borders fought back and were awarded three penalty corners in quick succession. On the third a well-worked move saw the ball slipped to Siobhan Murphy, who swept the ball into the home team’s goal to equalise.

The city side were proving a very physical bunch to play against and several times coach Janet Jack had to query some decisions.

Fjordhus were living on scraps and matters did not help when captain Karen Cornwall left the field with a hand injury.

After some reshuffling, and with Jack’s strong words ringing in their ears, the Borderers started the second half strongly, but were finding the city side very elusive on the break. Another very dubious umpiring decision saw the home team awarded a penalty corner. Borders runners managed to get their stick to the ball, but the follow-up was quickly dispatched to the bottom corner of the Borderers goal.

A deflection from another penalty corner saw the home team stretch their lead to make the score 3-1.

Extended pressure by Fjordhus saw some good play and several chances missed.

A disallowed goal by Pippa Bell at a crucial stage of the match almost saw the Borderers pull a goal back, but the final whistle left the Borders ladies deflated at a missed opportunity to go above the city side in the league.

Borders Fjordhus: G Bradley, P Bell, G Ross, D Fairbairn, J Jack, K Cornwall, S Murphy, E Newlands, E Lunn, L McLean, N Weallans, A Clarkson.