Fjordhus Reivers II 7-0 Linlithgow

Sara Robson on the attack
Sara Robson on the attack

Fjordhus Reivers II7

Linlithgow Ladies0

In this re-arranged match at Tweedbank the home side produced a clinical performance to remain unbeaten in the East of Scotland Premier league.

It didn’t take long for a pattern to take shape with the home side dominating and creating chances and the visitors only managing the occasional counter attack.

Home supporters didn’t have to wait too long either as two goals were scored in the first quarter, both from the stick of Captain Ashley Robson. The first following a strong run from left-midfield Laura McLean and the second a snapshot in the circle.

Fjordhus then produced two goals of real quality to reach the break in complete control. Both featured in-form McLean beating defenders and picking out the correct pass to allow first Gemma Willins and then Sarah Mathers to slot the ball into the net. Half-time: 4-0.

After the break it took a while for Reivers to get back into their stride. Linlithgow set up a more defensive system to try and counter the free-flowing home attacks. Fjordhus, however, kept going and with some penetrating balls from defence Emma Grieve frequently finding space down the right. Eventually, an excellent reverse stick pick up and pass by Elena Lunn found Sara Robson in space in the circle and her composed finished added to the score. Shortly afterwards another Sara Robson shot was deflected into the goal off a defender. There was still time for sister, Ashley Robson, to win the family scoring duel and complete her hat-trick when neat skills close to the keeper produced Reivers final goal.

Linlithgow never gave up and perhaps with the game won and legs tiring, with this being the second game of the weekend, the home team switched off for a moment at the back allowing a long ball through, scampering defence stopped the immediate danger but the visitors won a short corner which they executed successful with an impressive straight strike.

The previous day Reivers II had travelled up to a cold Dunfermline on Saturday but were warmed by a 5-1 win against Dunfermline Carnegie, the only side to beat them last season.

An excellent all round team performance against a very tough opposition ensured that the second string ladies kept up their winning run. Full report on this game, and more hockey on page 72.