Helensburgh Hockey Club continued their recent good form with a trio of wins last Saturday.
The firsts took on a tough Kelburne side at home, whilst the seconds travelled to
Uddingston, with the thirds welcoming
Western to town.
After last week’s 12-1 thrashing of Western, Helensburgh first team were looking to continue their good form, and push up the league table.
The game was hard fought from early on. The Kelburne keeper pulled off some top-class saves to keep Helensburgh out. Both C. Dye and J. Cox had great chances.
Kelburne looked strong and their long balls forwardr tested McWilliam,
Helensburgh conceded a late short corner just before half-time and Kelburne coolly finished it, much to Burgh’s disappointment.
In the second half a number of complaints to the umpires were made from both sides.
Helensburgh got an early goal in the second half, with captain Dye putting the scores level.
Kelburne tried to up the tempo. T. Barton was all over the pitch in midfield, continually harassing the Kelburne players and the ball.
His work kept Helensburgh in it in the second half, however one tackle too many earned Barton a green card. He returned quickly and picked up the ball in midfield and drove at the Kelburne defence.
It was only half a chance but he dispatched it with clinical ease.
Both captains were called in for a chat after a few too many dangerous tackles and both sides were told to calm down, however this had little effect as the Kelburne striker got himself a green card.
Helensburgh had to hold on for a mere five minutes to record a fantastic win over the Glasgow side. When captain Dye picked up the ball in attack, the team were screaming for him to hold the ball in the corner. But he had other ideas and beat the last defender to go one-on-one with the goalkeeper, dispatching an unsaveable effort into the roof of the net to give Helensburgh an unassailable 3-1 lead and see out the game.
Helensburgh team: G.Black; G.McWilliam; A.Stuart; J.Caulfield; J.Murphy; B.Kennedy; T.Barton (MoM); C.Rosie; J.Gumbrell; C.Dye (capt.); J.Cox; G.Caulfield; D.McGregor; G.McKenzie; I.Richardson. Thanks to Andy Richardson for umpiring.
The 2nd XI travelled to Uddingston and got off to a flier with a D.Hartopp goal within the first five minutes.
A second goal before half time came from top scorer C.Fairbairn, who took his season’s tally to 19.
Hartopp got a second before M.Kelly rounded off Burgh’s scoring
Uddingston scored a late consolation goal.
Helensburgh team: C.Keith; M.Payne (capt.); A.Macauley; J.Fowler; S.Stewart; M.Kelly; K.Fairbairn; R.Whittick; S.Murphy; D.Hartopp; C.Fairbairn. Thanks to John Friel for umpiring.
The 3rd XI had a top of the table clash against Western
If they won, they would go top of division 4. No Helensburgh team has won a league since 1982.
The game started at a slow pace, with Burgh holding the lion’s share of possession.
T. Harris got himself into the D and unleashed an unstoppable reverse stick shot to give Helensburgh the lead.
Western capitalised on a short cornert in the second half to bring the scores level. Right from the pushback though, Helensburgh were up the other end.
A fantastic effort from McKelvie saw the Western keeper pull off a remarkable save – however captain Richardson followed up on the rebound to give Burgh the lead again.
As the game wore on, Helensburgh were penned in their own half as Western looked for an equaliser.
Findlay pulled off a couple of good saves to keep Burgh in the game.
After one such save, Helensburgh countered quickly and a ball from Richardson sent Z. Petit through on goal. The youngster slotted the ball under the oncoming keeper to confirm the win at 3-1.
Helensburgh team: M. Findlay; H.Johnson; J.Steel; P.Walsh; E.Howie; A.Petit; G.Black; A.Richardson (capt.); A.Kelly; G.McKelvie; Z.Petit; T.Harris. Thanks to Barry Cox for umpiring.
With four games to go, the first XI are looking up the table, from seventh to see if they can finish in their highest First Division position in 12 years.
The second XI are sitting fourth in the Third Division, and still hold out faint promotion hopes.
The third XI occupy first spot in the Third Division and if they win all their remaining games, they will win the league.