Hotspurs defeat league leaders
Hotspurs were the stars of Saturday’s indoor hockey action, with two victories including a hard-fought success over league leaders Doopsters. Second-bottom RECKless were unable to correct their losing streak, going down heavily to Doopsters but pushing Hotspurs hard in their second match.
RECKless 0, Doopsters 5
Doopsters started out strongly and continued to put pressure on RECKless throughout the game. RECKless were unlucky not to score more than once with Sarah Grogan and Joyce Adamson narrowly missing a few shots. RECKless goalie John Brian Adamson had some brilliant saves while Doopsters’ Brian Thompson stood out with his flicking skills.
Doopsters 2, Hotspurs 3
Doopsters started strongly and took the lead through a short corner by Brian Thompson. Soon after Hotspurs levelled after a Stuart Smith short corner.
It was a high-tempo game with each side having chances. However, there were no more goals leaving the half-time score at one apiece.
The second half started with Doopsters scoring again through James Aitken. His strike was cancelled out by Jennifer Manson who equalised from close range.
With time running out and the game heading for a draw, there was a scramble in the Doopsters box from which Manson bundled the ball over the line for the winner.
Hotspurs 3, RECKless 2
RECKless opened the scoring in the first few minutes with a run from Sarah Grogan who slotted home the opening goal. Hotspurs worked hard and were awarded a number of short corners that they failed to convert.
After changing short corner tactics, Stuart Smith passed back to Stewart Jamieson who slotted home not one, but two short corners in quick succession to put Hotspurs 2-1 up at half time. Both teams displayed some attacking play, but good marking and clean tackles prevented further goals.
It was RECKless who broke the deadlock, with Alan Davidson taking on the Hotspurs keeper and shooting past him.
Shortly afterwards an enthusiastic RECKless keeper upended Smith who was awarded a penalty flick. Jamieson stepped forward to take the flick and cleanly slotted it into the left-hand corner. RECKless were on the attack for the equaliser but Hotspurs remained focused for the win. Grogan was best for RECKless, while hat trick scorer Jamieson and goalkeeper Moar stood out for Hotspurs.
Please note the next games are not until 7th March. These are the matches originally scheduled to be played on 31st January so teams should amend their fixtures accordingly.
6.30-7.05pm Saracens v LBC New Revolution (Whalsay); 7.15-7.50pm Whalsay v Saracens (LBC New Revolution); 8.00-8.35pm Ness v Whalsay (Saracens). Teams in brackets to provide at least one umpire.
The Shetland teams, at both junior and senior level, are urgently needing coaches or managers.
The association would love to hear from anyone who feels that they could fill any of these roles. A programme of training is scheduled to start after the Easter holidays with juniors working towards the Junior Inter-county in June and the seniors their yearly Inter-county against Orkney in July. If you feel you could take on any of these roles or assist in any way please contact SLHA President Helen Robertson on (01595) 695357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org