Loch Lomond Hockey Club’s first team travelled to Garscube on Saturday to take on the Glasgow University’s third team.

With the students sitting at the top of the league table with two games in hand, it was always going to be a tough match.

The first half of the match gave scoring opportunities for both teams, but it was only Glasgow who capitalized, scoring on three occasions in quick succession.

The visitors found themselves 3-0 down at half time, and despite tireless work and a change of formation in the second half Glasgow increased their tally to nine.

It was a young, fast and well-organised Glasgow team, who won the battle against the Loch Lomond on this occasion.

Despite having only 11 players and no substitutes for the full 70 minutes of the match, each and every player gave of their best for the team, playing hard and encouraging each other in their efforts.

Loch Lomond did not come away with any points from this encounter.

*Loch Lomond Hockey’s second team also fell to a heavy defeat against Glasgow University on Saturday, losing 11-0 to the students’ fourth team – but the local side ended the weekend on a much happier note after a battling 2-2 draw at home to Troon’s second team.

A different squad and a changed formation saw the home side work as a unit, using the width more.

Troon were a well organised team with youth on their side, but it was Loch Lomond who took the lead from a penalty corner, with Elaine Wotherspoon setting up Rosie McColgan for an unstoppable shot into the net.

Loch Lomond doubled their lead after a spell of Troon pressure, with McColgan converting a penalty flick after her shot was saved on the line by a Troon defender, but the Ayrshire side pulled one back just before the break – and then drew level in the second half after some lovely passing.

Jane Neil thought she’d grabbed the a late winner for the home side but it was disallowed despite protests from all the Loch Lomond forwards who claimed that the ball had crossed the line.

The opposition Player of the Match was Rosie McColgan with Player of the Match awarded to Lauren McCreadie.