Saturday, Kelburne had to travel across the city to play in a tough away game against Clyesdale in which they comfortably produced a 2-0 win and firmly got there title challenge back on track. The initial stages of the game were as imagined Kelburne having much of the ball and sticking to the free flowing philosophy the new coaches have implemented. In the early stages of the first half the Clydesdale keeper produced some great saves to keep the score on level par. However, midway through the first half a trademark Joshua Cairns short corner whizzed by the bemused goalkeeper to put the buddies in front.
The remaining 10 minutes of the first half were hard fought the home team showing great energy and desire and putting the league champions under great pressure however the score line remained the same and the teams went in 1-0 at half time.
After half time the half began very much the same as the first; Jack McKenzie making great space for himself and narrowly missing a reverse stick shot from a tight angle. As the half went on the southsiders began to tire allowing the midfield 3 of Kelburne to start dominating the game. The 55th minute led to Kelburne's second - a deflected pass landing towards Michael Christie who laid it on for Andrew Bremner to nonchalantly finish through the rooted keepers legs and cementing all 3 points.
After the game coach Chris Nelson was delighted;" Clydesdale has always been renowned to be a sticky place with a tough atmosphere. We showed some great character and played some great hockey at times. However we will look at the bad points and try to improve going into next weeks cup game".
The teams next game is in the Scottish Cup next Saturday vs Stirling University, 1.30pm at Glasgow Green.
Kelburne Hockey Club
Kelburne Hockey Club are a successful sports club based in Paisley, Scotland