ROUND-UP Martin double as GM hit back for fine victory
GROVE Menzieshill hockey men were back to winning ways away to Clydesdale — but they had to come from behind.
Albert Rowling equalised from a penalty corner shortly after Clydesdale had taken the lead. Cameron Golden then fired Grove Menzieshill into the lead before the interval.
Clydesdale equalised from a penalty but Menzieshill came out trumps in the end, Paul Martin scoring twice for a 4-2 win that keeps them third and unlikely to finish any lower.
Kelburne maintained their thrust for top place with a 4-1 win over fourth-placed Western Wildcats.
Grange remain second after beating Edinburgh University 3-1.
Dundee Wanderers remain very much in the relegation play-off zone after their draw against Uddingston but the result could have been so much better.
Bobby Ralph and Sean Dowie were their early scorers. Elliot Sandison then slammed home.
That 3-1 lead was reduced to 3-2 but Fergus Sandison restored Wanderers’ two-goal advantage, breaking from halfway and racing unopposed to the edge of the circle where his shot found the net off the advancing goalkeeper.
Wanderers really should have been able to see out the match but conceded twice in the last five minutes to take only a point.
Wanderers and Uddingston have 14 points but have played a game more than Edinburgh University and Hillhead, who have 15, both having lost on Saturday.
It looks likely three of these four will be in the relegation play-offs. Inverleith recorded their first win, against Hillhead, but cannot avoid relegation.
Perthshire must be disappointed to have lost to second-bottom Falkirk i n Division Two. Two goals by Mike Robertson and one by Lewis Pyke were j ust not sufficient on this occasion.
The final of the Scottish Cup will be between Edinburgh University and Grange.
Edinburgh were perhaps surprise winners over Western Wildcats while Clydesdale held Grange to 2-2 in normal time but lost 3-1 on penalties.
A second-half penalty corner by Dave Petrie was insufficient for Menzieshill III i n the Reserve Cup as Kelburne III scored three in the first half.
Menzieshill are at home to Western Wildcats (4pm) at DISC with the opportunity to make certain of third place against their only possible rivals for that spot.
It may well be that Menzieshill will be third irrespective of this result but it’s much better to make certain now to prepare for a probable post-season clash with the second-placed team, most likely Grange.
Menzieshill are also in action on Sunday when visitors Uddingston are unlikely to trouble the home defence as the west side prepare for the relegation play-offs.
Dundee Wanderers are also in action twice.
Saturday’s game is against already-relegated Inverleith. This is a must win if Wanderers are to have a chance of avoiding relegation play-offs.
Sunday’s match is against Western Wildcats, who must be unhappy at Scottish Hockey instructing them to play in Dundee two days in a row.
However, Wildcats will surely pick up the points from this game leaving Wanderers to ponder relegation.
The t hree teams above Inverleith will be in these play-offs along with the second team from Division Two.
The three Division One teams will come from Edinburgh University and Hillhead, both on 15 points, and Uddingston and Wanderers, both on 14.
Dan Evans will make his comeback from a drugs ban in Glasgow next week after being handed a wildcard entry to the Glasgow Trophy by the Lawn Tennis Association. Evans has served a one-year ban after testing positive for cocaine.