Tweedbank treble keeps firsts in pole

Fjordhus Reivers I3

Dundee Uni1

The local hockey ladies’ 1st XI took to the turf at Tweedbank in glorious conditions, hoping to keep up their winning run.

The team started well, concentrating on quick ball movement around the pitch, and minutes before half-time the continuous onslaught on the students’ goal paid off.

Rather than take the shot at goal herself, Denise Fairbairn chose to win a penalty corner by playing the ball off the foot of the defender. The well-drilled training ground move saw Janet Jack slip the ball to Pippa Bell on the far post who slipped it past the keeper. Half-time 1-0.

Reivers continued to control play and possession by sticking to the game plan and forcing the opposition to play into their hands. A beautiful passing move between Jill Chalmers, Bell and Jack saw a Sarah Mathers shot saved. But Mathers collected the ball quickly, found a foot in the circle and won the home team a penalty corner and a further well-drilled strike saw Chalmers fire the ball low in to the right-hand corner of the goal.

Ten minutes later, Mathers used the same skills and the corner team stepped up again, this time using the option of Leia Mackinnon’s drag flick to find the net. A rare excursion from the students in to the home team’s 25 saw a loss of concentration from the hosts and an alert striker crossed the ball past an exposed Caroline Duff in the Reivers goal, setting up a consolation score.

The result keeps the Borders ladies in pole position in National League Division Two.