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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.

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