Shorthanded Reivers find finishing touch in opener

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Beautiful sunshine greeted the first league game of the season for Fjordhus Reivers mens’ team at Tweedbank, writes Stephen Young.

After a summer of losing a number of first team players it was heartening to see a competitive team had been assembled to take on the visitors from the North.

With no pre-season games available, you could forgive the Reivers for being rusty from the first whistle, however the exact opposite turned out to the case.

The opening goal came early with ‘The Gavinton Ronaldo’ Gareth Roberts spotting the keeper off his near post to flick into the top corner. The second came shortly after, Roberts popping up at the back post to slot home an easy finish from a crossed ball.

Kinross looked shell shocked and the Reivers swarmed forward piling the pressure on, however they could not find the third goal which would surely end the game as a contest.

When Kinross did finally wake up they looked dangerous with skilful players pulling the strings in midfield and good movement from the front line.

A killer ball through the centre of the Reivers defence was not picked up and the ball was deftly lifted over the despairing home keeper.

At half time the game was very much in the balance but, despite being a goal to the good, the half had ended with the home side on the back foot.

The second half started much as the first and good work from Harry Fletcher allowed veteran striker Spencer Pitman to open his account for the season with a tap in at the back post.

Kinross pulled back another goal with neat passing in the circle finding a man free on the post to finish neatly.

The panic spread through the Reivers who looked to rouse themselves once again to complete the victory. With tired legs on both sides, Ben Moffat decided to take things into his own hands and an accurate reverse stick shot into the goal wrapped things up.

Once again Kinross fought back, a deflected shot finding its way into the back of the home net, but it was too little too late.

Captain Jonathan Fletcher was delighted with the result and told The Southern: “We needed a fast start and we got that, in the end we probably made it harder for ourselves than we needed to. The players who came in today did very well but we still need a stronger squad.”

Man of the match: Ben Moffat & Harry Fletcher.

Fjordhus Reivers are still looking for new players, if you have played hockey in the past or would like to give it a try for the first time please contact Jonathan Fletcher on 07500 917106.