Hockey ladies post big win

Dumfries Ladies 1st XI player of the match Jane Swanston gets the better of her opponent
Dumfries Ladies 1st XI player of the match Jane Swanston gets the better of her opponent

Dumfries Ladies 1st XI hosted Glasgow Accies on Saturday in a must-win fixture.

Dumfries applied attacking pressure in the first half but, with the D heavily defended, struggled to convert.

The only goal of the first half came from Fiona Bryce with a great penalty corner strike from the left.

Emma Miller added the second and third goals from a top D penalty corner strike and well taken free hit that she carried into the D and buried in the corner.

With a three-goal cushion Dumfries settle into the second half and moved the ball well across the width of the pitch. Some great play from Jane Swanston set up further scoring opportunities for Rebecca Topping and Naomi Cowan who both slotted the ball past the keeper.

Dumfries defended well in both open play and at set pieces with Susan Irving, Laura Griffin, Kirsty Anna McClaughlin and Margaret Miller rarely threatened by their opposite numbers. Player of the match was awarded to Jane Swanston for her impact in midfield.

Greenock visit King George next weekend for the last home fixture of the season, pass back 12.30.

After a 1-1 draw with the league leaders the previous week, Dumfries Men travelled to face bottom of the table Ayr. With a host of players unavailable, this proved to be a difficult game which resulted in a 3-3 draw. The goals were scored by Jimmy Clark, Andy Bell (from his front stick for a change) and Jamie Campbell.

This week sees a home tie against Glasgow Uni 3s with a push back at KGV at 2.15.

After having their weekend game cancelled, Dumfries Ladies 2nd XI had a weekend off. This week they travel to Glasgow to face Clydesdale Western 7s. Dumfries will be hoping to continue their fine form and return to winning ways against a team that is just below team in the league.

New players of all ages are welcome to come along to training, see www.dumfrieshockeyclub.co.uk for more information.