Marc on a high
Another week, another great comeback from East Kilbride Ladies Hockey Club’s first XI – this time sealing all three points in the process.
Hillhead II’s started the brighter and soon had a hold on the game, going 1-0 up inside the first 10 minutes, and they made it 2-0 via a melee at the post.
The Glasgow side almost scored a third, missing the post by inches, and It was a miss the side would later regret.
In the second half EK were much more composed and patient. The back three, including player of the match Sally Hall, supported the midfield in keeping possession and shutting down attacks.
This approach paid off 15 minutes in when Sheona Hutchison scored from a short corner, her shot deflecting off the defender’s stick.
It was just the boost EK needed and their second goal came five minutes later from open play. Shona Kinloch had been effective on the left wing for the home side and did all the hard work to allow Paula Richmond to slot home.
EK would probably have settled for a draw but had a late push and won a short corner five minutes from time.
A Hutchison and Fiona Williamson one-two was dispatched with accuracy by Hutchison to give the home side a late winner and all three points.
It was an excellent comeback from EK in the second half, that pushes them up to fourth spot in a competitive and unpredictable league.
Meanwhile, the second string were not quite as fortunate, going down 8-0 to Loch Lomond (pictured above). Golfer Marc Warren has secured his playing privileges for 2018 after soaring up the Race to Dubai rankings in recent weeks.
The honorary EK Golf Club member looked to be in trouble earlier in the season when he was sitting 173rd, with only the world’s top 150 players retaining their place on the Tour.
However, a surge in form which started with a second place finish at the Portugal Masters in September was followed by three more top 15 finishes.
The 36-year-old notched a tied for 15th placing at the British Masters, T4 at the Alfred Dunhill Championships at St Andrew’s and T10 at the Italian Open.
A T66 finish at the weekend’s Turkish Open halted his strong run of results, but he now sits 56th in the rankings after qualifying for the lucrative end of season‘Final Series.’
This week he heads to South Africa for the Nedbank Challenge, and on November 16-19 the prestigious World Tour Finals in Dubai awaits.