Reivers rally to keep hold of their top spot

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Table-toppers Reivers made the journey to Edinburgh to play Grange, who last season were relegated from Division One of the Scottish National Hockey League.

A sluggish start by Reivers allowed the home side to take an early advantage and get on the scoresheet first.

Reivers responded well and an attacking run by Leia Mackinnon resulted in a short corner. Janet Jack stopped the ball at the top of the circle and passed back to Pippa Bell who coolly slotted the ball into the corner of the goal.

The home side continued to stretch the game and reaped the rewards with a second goal.

Reivers lacked some of the continuity and creativity they had demonstrated in their previous match, but fought hard to get the equaliser. Izzy Kyle, 15, played some fine hockey through midfield in her first appearance in the National League side and credit should go to the other four under-16 players in the squad who are showing real confidence in their play and decision making.

International age-group representative Maris Cawthorn made a driving run along the baseline and cut the ball back to Jill Chalmers, who fired in the Borderers second goal to equalise.

With the clock running down, determined Reivers play then resulted in another short corner. Jack stopped for Makinnon, whose drag flick was saved on the line, but Bell pounced on the rebound and once again found her spot in the corner of the Grange goal.

This performance may not have been Reivers’ best so far this season, but once again they demonstrated an ability to come from behind and hold on for the victory.