Reivers find their eye on the tiger

Borders Fjordhus Reivers II 5

Inverleith II 0

EAST LADIES’ FIRST DIVISION

AN ENERGISED Reivers team took to the tiger turf on Saturday at Tweedbank against a youthful Edinburgh side.

Following a heavy defeat the previous weekend and a tough training session, hard work, discipline and determination were apparent from the opening whistle by the home team.

Reivers held a composed shape and passed the ball fluidly. Excellent linking play in the midfield from Kirsty Sharkey, Leia MacKinnon and Nicola Laing provided an excellent platform to build a consistent attack on the visitors’ circle.

With 90 per cent of possession, the breakthrough came from the tireless efforts of Sara Robson, who played a clinical pass through the defence to find sister Ashley, who slotted the ball home at the near post.

Reivers continued to dominate, tracking back as a unit and blocking any passes from the opposition.

Iona Cruickshank proved to be in formidable form in right defence, ever-present on her player, and channelling and tackling to break down any breaks from Inverleith.

A slick passing move from Jade Tyerman at central defender found Sara Robson, who slipped her defender, laying the ball right for Sharkey to slot past the keeper.

Reivers held their shape and form in the second half and more goals were to follow.

MacKinnon, who is quickly becoming a regular on the senior hockey circuit, scored an outstanding reverse-stick goal from the top circle.

Sharkey, Laing and Tyerman continued to find spaces on the pitch for the Robson sisters to play strong, flowing hockey.

Ashley Robson scored a further two goals to complete her hat-trick.

She was ever the leader, and newly-appointed seconds coach Pippa Bell was delighted with the result, complimenting the team on their overall workrate and composure on the pitch, which proved to be outstanding.

Fjordhus Reivers II: A.Robson, S. Robson, G. Bradley, I. Cruikshank, J. Tyreman, L. Walker, A. Knox, N. Laing, K. Sharkey, L. Mackinnon, R. Patterson, H. McHugh, F. Hamilton.