Injury-hit Reivers go down fighting against champions

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IT WAS always going to be a tough task taking on last year’s East Men’s Division One league winners.

That task was made harder after Reivers striker Spencer Pitman pulled up with a groin strain after five minutes. Looking to the bench was futile as the team had travelled without subs and Pitman was forced to develop a static presence in the ESM circle.

The Edinburgh team got off to a flyer with three quick goals and continued to launch a series of ferocious shots at stand in Reivers’ keeper Greg Davidson. The youngster stood his ground, and tipped over and parried several chances while Reivers came back well before the interval, with a couple of chances slipping by.

After turning around at 5-0 the second half saw ESM add further goals in another purple patch.

As the match wore on, however, the Reivers refused to buckle and maintained a high workrate, aided by gentle words of encouragement from defender Paul Conkie.

The passing became crisper and more accurate, while Graham Lofthouse pushed further up the pitch and started to torment the ESM defence.

Eventually, their effort was rewarded with a well-deserved consolation score when good work by Harry Fletcher was followed by a shot deflected in by Pitman.

Captain Jonathan Fletcher was philosophical.

“Our lack of mobility in key positions made it a tough afternoon, but I am proud of how the team held together, stuck at it and, if anything, got stronger,” he told The Southern.