Just champion - Fjordhus II top East League tables

Fjordhus Reivers II line up for a celebratory team shot after winning the 2015/16 East of Scotland Premiership title
Fjordhus Reivers II line up for a celebratory team shot after winning the 2015/16 East of Scotland Premiership title

Following their promotion from East Division 1 last year, it was always going to be an interesting season for the Ladies 2’s as they took their place in the East Premier League.

However, straight from the opening Saturday, against Liberton, they threw down the gauntlet to the rest of the top flight teams.

With a great blend of youth and experience, and being led from the front by their inspirational captain Ashley Robson, they proceeded to put down a marker, with a comprehensive 8-2 win.

This set the tone for the early part of the season, and playing fast, measured, free flowing hockey, they racked up three consecutive victory’s prior to facing their first real test. This came in the form of last years East Premier winners, Edinburgh outfit Cala III, who they successfully overcame in a hard fought contest, 3-1 away from home.

The squad sealed the title in Livingston last weekend with a 1-1 draw against the West Lothian outfit who were unable to fulfil the return fixture this weekend due to illness and injury.

Commitment to training throughout the season, under the watchful eye of coach Janet Jack, has been commendable within the Reivers seconds squad and competition for places has been fierce, keeping everyone on their toes.

Over the course of the season the addition of talented young players Chloe Richardson, Emma Spence and Julia Cochran, Laura Webster & Rachel Shiel, allowed the team to experiment on occasion, and maintain their unbeaten record throughout, recording 14 wins, and 3 draws to date, with only one game remaining.

The defensive unit of Claire Townsend, Janet Jack, Lauren Grant, Emma Grieve, Jenny Sharp and Jackie Wilson proved more than a match for any opposition, and working as a cohesive well drilled unit, and with keepers Alanna Taddei or Joanna Cavoroli behind them, they were a formidable force, conceding only 13 goals during the whole season.

In midfield the combination of the experienced Denise Fairbairn and the quicksilver Laura Mclean, together with Emily Rodgers and Jemma Willins, provided an excellent link to the front line, proving more than a match for any team.

In attack skipper Ashley Robson, together with sister Sara, Elena Lunn and Sarah Mathers, led the line confidently, and some clinical finishing resulted in a tally to date of 90 goals scored this season.

Coach Jack said: “One of the most pleasing factors of the teams success this season has been the togetherness and spirit of the squad, from first to last.

“Playing selflessly, encouraging each other, and when required, slotting in out of position this squad has never wavered.”

Fjordhus success was optimised by Jackie ‘the cat’ Wilson who, on more than one occasion throughout the season, donned the goal keepers gloves to great effect.

Fjordhus Reivers II wish to thank sponsors Fjordhus for their continued support.