Bromac Kelburne Mens 1s: 10
Dundee Wanderers: 2
Saturday 17th October 2015
Travelling to face kelburne at Glasgow Green this weekend was a Dundee Wanderers team currently struggling for points and confidence finding themselves at the wrong end off the table. Having said that they are always a team that will make life difficult for you and will be doing their utmost to try and stop Kelburnes fast flowing hockey.
With this being a double header weekend for Kelburne coaches Chris Nelson & Iain Schofield felt it necessary to have a full 16 player?s available to keep the squad fresh and the standard of hockey at a good level over what is to prove a testing weekend for the Paisley side. Kelburne introduced the Australian goalkeeper back to the club Ben Rennie to make his 1st start of the season. Ben is sure to be a fantastic addition to the squad this season, and it will be hard to find a better goalkeeper in the league. Also making returns were Adam Bain having been out recently with injury and he comfortably slotted back into defensive duties. Finally having played at the club for a number of years Ross McPherson fines himself back in the 1st team setup with displays in training meriting his return, a player with a wealth of experience and will certainly be a useful player to have playing in the frontline.
The only noticible absentees were Josh Cairns and Ross McIntyre. Both players are likely to be back in time for the trip to the capital to face Grange tomorrow.
Kelburne were keen to get off to a fast start on their home pitch but this wasn't to be the case with Wanderers the quicker of the teams out the blocks resulting in a penalty corner only 30 seconds into the start of play. This was dealt with by ease from Rennie between the sticks and over the course of the next 5 minutes kelburne began to wake up and found themselves back on the front foot. Kelburne then with a quick attack down the right hand side of the pitch, Lee Morton driving and committing players found Johnny Christie free in the D only for him to finish off the easiest of finishes after boy schoolboy goalkeeping (1-0). Johnny Christie soon made it 2-0. After a pin point pass from the Craig Morton finding Christie at the top of the circle to unleash a reverse stick shot to wrong foot the keeper. Kelburne were now up and running Lee Morton finding the net 3-0, and the dynamic forward Jack Mckenzie making it 4-0. Wanderers were to pull a goal back 4-1 before captain Johnny Christie completed his 1st half hat trick after great work from Ross McPherson to have the composure in the D to draw the keeper and slip the ball to Christie to finish.
HT Bromac Kelburne Mens 1s 5-1 Dundee Wanderers
The 2nd half was to prove a 35 minutes of Kelburne creating a number of chances, that being said there were times where poor decision making crept into kelburnes play which in the coming games will have to be cut out when they face sterner opposition. Only changes at half time were on the goalkeeping front Fergus Barrows replacing Rennie between the sticks. Fergus having kept 4 clean sheets on the bounce was certainly looking to make it 5 this afternoon.
The midfield 3 of Michael Christie, Chris Nelson and Iain Schofield were certainly having a major impact on the game creating chances for the forward line and mopping up where need be. 3 players who are still major contributors every Saturday will have a big say on Kelburnes fight for honours this season.
Jack McKenzie was to take his goal total to 2 goals (6-1) for the afternoon after a great finish after forward Andy Bremner played him in. The dangerous young forward Lee Morton also increased his tally to 2 goals (7-1) before a well worked comer routine found Mikey Christie on the scoresheet (8-1). Johnny Christie was to step up to convert a penalty taking the skippers goals to 4 (9-1). Finally to finish of a straight forward afternoon for the Paisley side was summer recruit Gary Maitles (10-1). Gary has settled into the side well finding himself on the scoresheet the last 2 weekends now. Kelburne were to lose a sloppy goal in the closing stages of the game (10-2) a goal the team will be disappointed in conceding, but all in all a 10-2 win was pleasing and certainly gives the boys an air of confidence going into what will prove a tough test against a defensive minded Grange who are always capable of causing a upset and will be out to do so on home turf.
Kelburnes next game is Sunday 18th October against Grange @ Fettes 2pm.