Reivers round up out-of-sorts Grange

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EAST MEN’S FIRST DIVISION

FOR the first time since March, Reivers finally managed a clean sheet last weekend with the minimum of fuss against an out-of-sorts Grange team who failed to find their usual rhythm and fluidity.

From the outset the Reivers dominated play, moving the ball well and causing havoc when in attack.

In the opening exchanges the Reivers created a number of chances and the opening goal came 10 minutes before half-time, the only surprise being it was club stalwart Andy Bell ending his six-game goal drought with a neat finish off a rebound.

The Reivers continued to push for another goal, but were held at bay by a solid-looking home defence. Grange did make chances of their own, spurning short corner shooting opportunities.

The half finished with both teams feeling they could take something out of the game and captain Graeme Lofthouse stressed the need to hold on to the lead and not let Grange back into the game by losing an early goal.

For once the Reivers listened to the advice and continued to play solidly while probing for shooting chances. The second goal came just minutes into the half, Spencer Pitman ghosting in to the back post to finish well.

At this point the Borderers started to dominate the game, forcing Grange back and pressurising the circle. Callum Stockdale killed the game with a well-taken finish, controlling the ball well and slotting it under the body of the oncoming keeper, his first goal for the club and taken with composure and confidence.

At this point Grange seemed to sense the game was over, and a fourth from Jonathon Fletcher was swiftly followed by a fifth from Lofthouse. The shots were raining in on the home keeper who was having a good game despite the scoring.

With one more game before the Christmas break, the Reivers are firmly in the middle of the table with hopes to make inroads into the top half.

Goalscorer Stockdale was delighted with his first goal and told TheSouthern: “I am really glad to get it out of the way and to show my dad (veteran internationalist Colin) that there is a new, more talented generation coming through for the Reivers. It will keep the old boys on their toes!”

Reivers: Young, Ramsay, Johnston, Co Stockdale, Cairns, Bure, Dixon, Bell, Lofthouse, Girvan, Pitman. Subs: Ca Stockdale, Fletcher.