Hockey: Kelburne hold advantage despite draw

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Grange held Glynhill Kelburne to a 3-3 draw at Bellahouston, leaving the sides locked at the top of the Aberdeen Asset Management First Division, but the Paisley side still have the initiative – a superior goal difference and a game in hand against Inverleith next week.

Grange went behind to a scrambled Ed Greaves goal in ten minutes and Jonny Christie doubled Kelburne’s advantage with a low shot.

In the second half, Kelburne lost their rhythm and the Edinburgh side took full advantage. At their first penalty corner Grange stole one back when Rob Barr’s direct shot flew past Fulton and Martin Kelly swept the ball home following a pass from Gary Cameron for the equaliser. The visitors went 3-2 up when Jake Morgan’s shot eluded Fulton.

It took a piece of individual brilliance from Kelburne’s international striker Alan Forsyth to level the score. He created space for himself and fired in an unstoppable reverse stick shot.

Grove Menzieshill are now just a point behind the leaders in third after a 4-0 win over AMN Hillhead. Gavin Byers got a hat-trick with the other goal from Craig Falconer. Western Wildcats, meanwhile, will have to wait another week to confirm their top five status, as their game against Gordonians at Auchenhowie was frozen off.

In the women’s league Dundee Wanderers moved into fifth place with back-to-back wins over Inverleith (5-1) and Wildcats (5-0), the catalyst was Vikki Bunce with a total of six goals.

In Switzerland yesterday, Grove Menzieshill paid the price for the loss of six players to the Scotland squad for the forthcoming World League when they were relegated from the women’s European Indoor Club Trophy after being held to a 2-2 draw by Russian side Dinamo Elektrostal.

The Taysiders finished level on points with the Russians in the relegation pool, but went down to Europe’s third division on goal difference.

Elekstrostal opened the scoring but Louise Carroll equalised almost immediately with a low shot at a penalty. The same player put the Scots 2-1 up 30 seconds into the second half with a carbon copy strike but the Russians drew level midway through the half from a set piece. The Dundonians pressed for the winner and Louise Campbell came close but shot wide at the second attempt, but there was no further scoring.

Grove had given themselves a tough task by going down 5-1 to Italian side HF Lorenzoni on Saturday, with Carroll on target from the spot.