Considering the circumstances surrounding the weekend with injuries, holidays and late call offs, Glynhill Kelburne Menes 1st XI have performed pretty well to emerge with 4 points out of 6.
On Saturday against Gordonians, Kelburne turned in a terrific first half performance to score 5 times without reply.
John Martin opened the scoring in the 7th minute, with Johnny Christie doubling the advantage with a smartly taken goal a minute later.
Scott Sutherland put Glynhill Kelburne 3 up with a terrific drag flick penalty corner conversion in the 12th minute and double penalty corner strikes from Mark Ralph in the 25th and 34th minute appeared to have the home side cruising to victory.
However a penalty corner conversion from Oscar Stewart just after the interval appeared to give Gordonians great confidence and when 2 further goals from Martin Babicky and John Hamilton reduced the deficit to 2, with 20 minutes remaining those in the Paisley camp were becoming a touch anxious.
The anxiety turned to worry 8 minutes from time when a rejuvenated Gordonians reduced the deficit to 1 with a goal from Craig Harper , but it was all a case of too little too late and Glynhill Kelburne, held on to record a 5 goals to 4 victory.
Final Score: Glynhill Kelburne 5 ? 4 Gordonians
The game on Saturday was part of Scottish Hockey?s Awesome October promotion and the full match can be viewed on the web-site below;
On Sunday the 1st XI squad travelled to Dundee to take on fellow title challengers Menzieshill.
Glynhill Kelburne took the lead in the 4th min when Ed Greaves capitalised on good work by Adam Bain to touch the ball home from close range. It was a fairly even 1st half with Kelburne probably just having the bulk of the play , but it was Menzieshill who snatched an equaliser in the 29th min ,with a quick break out of defence into attack ,catching there Kelburne backline short on numbers .
Glynhill Kelburne retook the lead in the 45th min with another well taken drag flick penalty corner conversion from Scott Sutherland.
However soon after Menzieshill capitalised on poor defensive work by Kelburne to draw level at 2-2
As the game became very scrappy in the closing stages Kelburne suffered the consequences of poor discipline and some very poor umpiring decisions ,with Lee Morton , Stuart Allan and player coach Mark Ralph all being sin binned at various stages .
With 8 minutes to play Menzieshill took advantage of their numerical superiority to snatch the lead at 3-2.
In the closing minutes and Kelburne once again reduced to 9 men, it was to their great credit that the fighting spirit to keep going right to the end, when a Scott Sutherland penalty corner was saved by the home keeper and Michael Christie followed up to lift the ball high into the net and give Glynhill Kelburne a well deserved point.
FINAL SCORE Glynhill Kelburne 3 ?3 Menzieshill
This week sees the 1st XI in action against old foes Inverleith at Glasgow Green, this is a must win game for the Champions as they seek that elusive 10th title in a row.