Tomlinson shocks Kelburne

Glynhill Kelburne`s lead at the top of the Subway Scottish national league has been reduced to only two points from Grange after the Paisley outfit lost their unbeaten record on Saturday to a single strike by Grove Menzieshill`s Gavin Tomlinson, undoubtedly the shock of the season so far in the Subway national league.

This was Kelburne`s worst performance in several years, they committed many unforced errors, were inept in front of goal and looked vulnerable at the back. 

But credit must go to the Taysiders who defended with composure, although keeper Andy Ross was called upon to make several crucial saves during the course of the contest, and they had their chances at the other end to augment their lead.

Menzieshill took the lead in only 13 minutes with a penalty corner strike that flew past Mark Fulton in the Kelburne goal. As Kelburne huffed and puffed ineffectively, it was the Dundonians Craig Falconer who should have doubled the lead but he failed to control the ball.

Kelburne had most of the pressure after the interval, but it was Menzieshill who were unlucky not to score again, Tomlinson had the ball in the net but it was disallowed for dangerous play while Gavin Byers hit the post from a penalty corner.  Menzieshill then had three consecutive penalty corners but this time Tomlinson failed to find the target.   The more Kelburne chased the equaliser the less they looked like finding the net as the Taysiders celebrated their unlikely victory at the end.

Edinburgh University put pressure on VWS Dundee Wanderers at the foot of the table with a 3-2 win over the Taysiders, and are now equal in points in second bottom spot.

In the women`s league Grove have opened up a sizeable gap at the top of the table with a convincing 4-0 win over Milne Craig Western on Tayside.  Ailsa Wyllie gave the Dundonians a single goal lead at the interval, but Grove cruised to a comfortable victory in the second half with a double from Nikki Kidd, Kerry Hall getting the other.

VWS Dundee Wanderers leapfrogged Western into third place with a 2-0 win over Edinburgh University, the goals came from Julie Bryce and Amy Rowan.

Western Wildcats survival plan came a bit of a cropper when they lost 3-1 at home to CALA, now they are a point behind Edinburgh University, but with a game in hand. 

Source: Scottish Hockey