3's secure bragging rights

The 3's were looking forward to getting their season back on track with regular games following the stop, start set up of fixtures so far and straight off the back of a great victory over local rivals Western 3rd's. This week's opponents were even more local than last week's with the 3's up against fellow clubmates the 4 XI.

A victory would see the 3's join the league leaders on points so the team knew the importance of this game from the offset, along with securing the bragging rights during the post match analysis which would take place in the back bar later, and as a result started the game brightly with the intent of playing good posession hockey.

This was achieved with the team moving the ball around well at the back looking for the gaps to appear in the 4's set-up, these gaps eventualy appeared and the 3's tried to capitalise on their possession in the 4's half of the pitch. An early short corner resulted but unfortuanetly a miss understanding between the players saw the corner routine come to nothing. The 3's kept pushing hard to secure the first goal and unfortunately were caught too high up the pitch when the 4's won the ball and made a quick breakaway. The result of the 4's move was that they found Mark Fulton, who usually plays in goal, free inside the 3's final 1/3 of the pitch. Mark used his goalkeeping experience to fire in a quick shot which caught the 3's keeper, Robbo, off guard. Robbo attempted to make a great save but unfortunately the ball bounced up off his pads and droppoed over his shoulder and into the goal.

This set the 3's back a bit and it took a while before they got back on track and made the most of their possession. A great move down the right between veteran Musky and the midfield found Jason Cairns in the 4's D. Jason turned quickly taking the ball onto his reverse stick and fired a fierce shot into the top of the 4's goal. 1-1 and game on.....

The second half started with the 3's putting pressure on the 4's long ball efforts out of defence. The tactic was paying off and the 3's started dominating the game well. Some basic errors were displayed all over the pitch but on the whole the 3's were making the most of their possession. This resulted in about 7 short corners in the 2nd half but unfortunately the push out was not as accurate as usual and the opportunities were not capitalised on, something that the team will work on to help boost their goal difference in future games. On their 2nd last corner the 3's knew they had to get it right as time was running out and at last it all came together, the push out reached it's intended target and youngster Cairns stepped up to fire his drag flick into the net, 2-1.

The 3's then set about holding onto this lead as for a long period of the 2nd half it looked like the game was heading for a draw, and with Robbo in goals hardly troubled in the 2nd half, the 3's still knew the danger of the quick attacking skills of the 4 XI and ensured they would not be caught out be keeping as much of the ball as possible.

Once again Bremner proved his worth in the middle of the field by putting in another great shift along with 'Cup Cake' Dooley at left back. The youngsters in the team used their fitness well by making the 4's work hard and there are signs that things are starting to come together and hopefully the squad has settled down as there have been lots of changes recently.

Overall the team were pleased with a job well done in the 2nd half of this game and are looking forward to their cup game next week away to Dunfermline Carnegie.