Scots Defeat Auld Enemy

Scotland, featuring 1st team star Ross Stott travelled to Birmingham on Monday night and came away with victory.

 
A hat-trick from Olympian Niall Stott helped Scotland to a 7-3 victory over England in the friendly international at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
 
It was England who took initiative first when Simon Egerton scored from their opening penalty corner just three minutes in.  Inverleith`s Adam MacKenzie levelled the scores with a low shot from a set piece that deflected home off the keeper`s stick.  Then ex Kelburne star Niall Stott put the Scots 2-1 ahead with a volley that flew high into the net off the keeper`s legs.
 
The Scots proceeded to put the English under the cosh after the interval.  Stephen Dick (Inverleith) made it 3-1 from another penalty corner, and then Chris Wilson (Menzieshill) finished off a penetrating passing move from close range for the fourth.  Will Naylor stemmed the tide with England`s second, but midway through the half Stott struck again when his set piece effort crept in at the bottom corner off a defender.
 
England then threw caution to the wind and replaced their keeper with a kicking back, but it proved counter-productive as it simply allowed Kenny Stibbles (Menzieshill) to make it 6-2 when he had the space to roll the ball into the unguarded net.  Egerton grabbed his second to make it 6-3, but on the final hooter Stott notched his hat-trick with a vicious shot into the roof of the net.
 
Scotland`s men?s manager Dave Reid said: "This was a good start to our programme for the European Nations Trophy next month, but we`ve still got a few things to work on."