Hockey young guns go out firing on all cylinders

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Playing against a newly promoted home side, Reivers ladies were hoping to add another victory to their impressive win last time out.

With a few regular faces missing, this match was an opportunity for several youngsters who had represented the district Under-16 and Under-18 squads last weekend to step up and press for a regular starting spot.

Sam Hayward made her debut in the midfield, but there was further disruption within the first five minutes for the visitors as experienced midfielder Denise Fairbairn was forced off following a nasty blow to the head.

Reivers dominated possession in the early phases with several good passages of play, especially down the right with Morven Cawthorn, Kirsty Millar and Leia McKinnon prominent. Opportunities to open their account were created, however, they couldn’t quite get the ball in the net either from open play or from a couple of early short corner routines. Jackie Wilson did get the ball over the line, but it was disallowed due to an earlier infringement.

Haddington were limited to the odd foray into the Reivers half, but the defence had to keep alert to snuff out any threat of going behind against the run of play. It was towards the end of the first period that Reivers got their first goal.

A quick free-hit taken by playmaker, Janet Jack, found Elena Lunn in space at the back post and she made no mistake in slotting the only goal of the first half.

Fjordhus were hoping to push on at the start of the second period, but they couldn’t quite click. Indeed, having given possession away on a number of occasions after the restart it was the home team who were next to score.

A long ball into the circle bounced off a stick into the path of a Haddinton forward, who forced it into the goal.

Reivers needed to react and they did, upping the effort and skill levels they managed, in patches, to find their form. Switches of play began to find some space and after good work by Wilson down the left, Lucy Inglis put the visitors back in front with a good strike.

Frustratingly, Fjordhus couldn’t quite kick on, giving away possession too often and reacting rather than creating at times. However, few spectators could argue they were the better team and when Inglis kept her composure to round the keeper, the win was secured. A workman-like performance and a welcome three points.