Hockey: Comfortable win for Grange after overcoming

League leaders Grange struggled in the first half of Saturday's Subway National League to overcome stout resistance from Aberdeen Asset Management before rattling home five goals without reply in the second period. The goals were scored by Craig Harper, Martin Kelly, Cameron Fraser, Ewan Milne and schoolboy Duncan Riddell.

Greaves Clydesdale and Edinburgh University fought out a 1-1 draw at Titwood, with the home side's goal coming from Ciaran Crawford just before the interval. In the Tayside derby, Grove Menzieshill edged out their fierce rivals, Dundee Wanderers, by two goals to one, with both goals coming in the last 10 minutes courtesy of two Gavin Byers strikes.

AMN Hillhead produced the result of the day with a 3-1 win over Western Wildcats at Jordanhill School on Saturday. Kiwi Craig Paterson gave the home side a half-time lead in what manager Ronnie Meikle described as "a fantastic game of hockey".

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Western Wildcats responded early in the second-half through Scott McCartney before goals from Aidan Docherty and Andy MacLaine gave Hillhead the deserved win. Meikle was obviously delighted and said: "We have been saying to the boys for weeks now that some of our recent performances have not produced the results we feel we have deserved but today it all came together."

Glynhill Kelburne began their defence of the title with nine-goal demolition of Inverleith at Bellahouston. This impressive result was achieved without the services of Chris Nelson, Josh Cairns (injuries) and Mark Ralph (national coaching commitments) which sends a clear warning to any potential title contenders.

The Paisley side opened the scoring in the opening minutes through Gareth Hall and further goals from Gordon McIntyre, Hall and Michael Christie left the home side four ahead before the break. The second half followed a similar pattern with Ian Scholefield, Hall, completing his hat trick, Alan Forsyth, Jonny Christie, with a full-length dive to deflect home for the goal of the game and Michael Christie completing the rout.

The women's competition saw the meeting of league leaders Kelburne and the defending champions, Grove Menzieshill, at Bellahouston, with the Tayside team running up a three-goal advantage by half-time through Nikki Kidd, Ali Bell and Kerry Hall.

Kelburne replied with a Kate Longbottom strike in the second period but were unable to make any further impression.

Milne Craig Clydesdale Western's poor start to the season continued in Dundee, where they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of VWS Dundee Wanderers.

The Titwood team had the advantage of a single-goal lead going into the second half through a scrambled effort from Holly Cram.However, indiscipline led to flurry of cards after the break and Wanderers took full advantage of periods of numerical supremacy leading to goals from Heather Elder (2) and Amy Rowan to record a deserved victory.

Giffnock defeated Hillhead 2-0 with a goal in each half coming from Stevie McNally and Cath Stirling in a hard-fought game.