Students strike out at tiring Tweedsiders

Kelso 1st XI Hockey Team
Kelso 1st XI Hockey Team
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KELSO Ladies hockey squad travelled to the capital on Saturday to play a strong University side in an East of Scotland Premier League clash.

The travelling Tweedsiders started slowly on the bouncy and fast water-based surface, while the hosts worked well from the start, growing in confidence and putting the Kelso defence under pressure.

The first score of the game came from Edinburgh with their attackers linking well and converting a goal which was marginally missed by Kelso’s excellent goalkeeper, Becky Gibson.

Kelso began to pick up the pace and good communication paid off when Laura McColm scored the visitors’ first goal through a deflected strike. Then, following a series of penalty corners, defender Isla Cragie notched up a second for Kelso. Edinburgh fought back and once again applied strong and relentless pressure on a tiring Kelso side. A further two goals were scored by the University team, ending the first half at 3-2.

After the break Kelso came out with renewed vigour and determination and following a good phase of play, midfielder Katie Francis managed to convert an equalising goal.

The joy was short-lived, however, as the hosts proceeded to seal the contest with a fourth and final fifth goal.

The ladies would like to thank S J Cranston Building and Tweed Chiropractic Clinic for their continued sponsorship and support.

This Saturday Kelso face Linlithgow II at home (Earlston High School). Supporters welcomed and appreciated.