Tweedsiders fail to convert their pressure into points

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PLAYING only their second home game of the season, Kelso Ladies hockey team knew they were in for a tough game against a strong Edinburgh University side.

The Tweedsiders started well, retaining the ball and putting together some excellent attacking moves up both sides of the pitch. Unfortunately, they were unable to convert their early opportunities despite forcing the Edinburgh University keeper to make some good saves.

The opposition then worked their way into the game and started to grow in confidence, putting the Kelso defence under pressure.

The hosts were supported strongly from the back by keeper Becky Gibson and soaked up the early pressure. The defence of Jane Lofthouse Johnstone, Nicola Mackay, Lynn Duncan and Fiona Webster worked tirelessly and gave the opposition forwards little space and time on the ball, while the midfield of Sara Christie Green, Natasha Cranston, Gillian Thomson and Katie Francis linked well with some lovely one-two hockey.

The city outfit notched a scrappy goal midway through the first half with Gibson narrowly being beat on an angle.

After half-time Kelso came out with renewed vigour and determination. They continued to push hard for an equaliser, with the midfield playing some lovely balls into the corners for forwards Corrine Bird, Yvonne Jack and Suzi Henry to run onto. Kelso were unable to break down the visitors’ defence, however, or convert their late pressure onto the scoreboard.

The Kelso substitutes, consisting of Alana Henderson and Claire White, supported and played well when called upon.

Kelso Ladies face Linlithgow Ladies IV (away) this Saturday.