Opportunities squandered as stalemate and frustration reigns

Kelso Ladies 0

Livingston and West Lothian 0

EAST LADIES PREMIER DIVISION

PREVIOUS fixtures between these sides have become renowned as hard-fought battles between two evenly-matched teams and Sunday’s game at Tweedbank proved no different.

Kelso started the match the more dominant side, with slick passing, great movement and a confidence to move the ball around the field making it a tough start for the visiting defence. The Tweedsiders were awarded several penalty corners, although denied a goal.

In reply, Livingston were quick on the counter and pounced on every opportunity to move the ball back up field. They hassled the home rearguard on several occasions, but some well-executed tackles from the Kelso squad enabled them to maintain the majority of possession in the first half.

The second period began slowly, Kelso taking their time to get into their game. Livingston maintained the majority of pressure in the opening minutes, but again the Borderers’ defensive line held well.

The Tweedsiders were effective in finding Sara Green and Kirsty Stewart in the outer channels to move play back up the field and were unlucky not to capitalise on further scoring opportunities. It proved a frustrating final 10 minutes for both sides as each team tried to find their winning goal – but it was not to be.

Kelso: Lynn Blaikie, Tracie Patterson, Dawn Paxton, Kim Carruthers, Louise Denham, Jane Lofthouse, Emma Pate, Natasha McLaren, Sara Green, Kirsty Stewart, Lynsey Laing, Suzanne Fleming, Jo Laing.