Fjordhus Reivers II7
There was much anticipation for this first home derby between these teams who had not played against each other for a number of years.
Fjordhus Reivers, being newly promoted to the East Premier Division for season 2015-16 and Kelso having been a permanent fixture in the top flight for several years.
The game started tentatively with an equal share of possession as each team worked out opposition tactics. An unlucky foul by a Kelso defender saw the home team step up for the first penalty corner and a slick set piece from the top of the circle saw Elena Lunn sweep the ball past the visiting goal keeper to put her team one up in the 10th minute.
Play continued to swing from end to end, but it was a great break out from deep in the Fjordhus half down the right hand side that saw a crash ball in from Denise Fairbairn, coolly picked up by Ashley Robson who found her spot passed the Kelso keeper.
With their confidence now building Fjordhus pressed further in the last ten minutes of the first half with goals coming from Hawick’s Ashley Robson and sister Sara from well worked balls through from Laura McLean and Sarah Mathers respectively. Half time score: Borders Fjordhus II 4 Kelso 0.
Kelso came out the stronger team in the second half putting the Reivers rear guard under pressure with only a couple of good pieces of defensive work from young Danielle Walker and excellent goal keeping from Isla MacInnes holding the visitors at bay.
It was well in to the second half before Lauren Grant broke out of defence and fed a beautiful pass through to Ashley Robson who tucked the ball away to complete her hat trick.
Continued pressure down the right hand side saw Sarah Mathers deflect a ball into the roof of the Kelso keepers net to score the goal of the match.
Credit to Kelso who continued pressing for a goal, but in the final minutes a foot in the visitors teams circle saw Fjordhus gain another corner and some good linking play between Sara Robson and Janet Jack, saw the former Scotland international player put the seventh and final goal in the net.
“All in all a good result for Reivers 2nds,” said Jack, who also coaches the Borders outfit.
“Kelso never gave up and played some good hockey, the score perhaps flattered the home team.”