Christie to the four as Men's 1's triumph

Men's 1's: 9
Inverleith: 1
 

In a game billed as the game of the day by the SHU, the Men's 1st team travelled to Forthbank, Stirling for an early push back against Inverleith. Inverleith had been on a good run so far this season and many had predicted a possible upset. This was not to be the case as Burne blew them away with a devastating display of attacking hockey.
 
The tone was set from the first whistle as the fired up team pressed hard from the start and where rewarded when pressure from Gareth Hall forced a mistake in the Inverlieth back line and Johnny Christie dispatched an unstoppable shot in at the near post.
 
Kelburne continued to dominate the early exchanges and were unlucky not to extend their lead on a number of occasions, being kept out by some fine goalkeeping and some bad luck. The second goal arrived midway through the half as the ever reliable Mark Ralph scored with a low drag flick from the teams second penalty corner.
 
Ralph was to turn villain, as he passed up the opportunity to extend the lead from the penalty spot, the Inverleith goalkeeper making a fine low stop.
 
Burne were able to extend their lead when following fine work from Michael Christie, Gareth Hall was on hand to score, before Hall turned provider to set up top scorer Alan Forsyth to fire home a low volley. Inverleith were offered a lifeline when following a rash challenge in the D they were able to pull a goal back from the penalty spot.
 
Burne started the second half strongly and were awarded another penalty stroke, Forsyth took the responsibility this time and tucked away his second of the game. The game became scrappy for a 15 minute spell with the only real highlight being a potential contender for goal of the season. A scoop by Josh Cairns eluded the Inverleith defence and found Michael Bremner, who flat batted the ball across the pitch to Johnny Christie who collected the ball on the run and lobbed the advancing goalkeeper towards the goal only for the ball to spin agonisingly passed the left hand post.
 
Burne's superior fitness began to tell in the final minutes as Christie was able to grab himself a further 3 goals each time finishing off flowing moves as the pace of the game began to tell. The best of the bunch being when Bremner showed Usain Bolt-esque acceleration to leave a defender standing still before squaring to Christie to round off the scoring. 
 
A fantastic victory for the squad and they will be hoping to continue their fine form when the travel to Edinburgh next week to face Grange in another top of the table clash.