Loch Lomond Hockey Club's second team began the second half of their season in style with a 5-1 win away to Stepps II.

Despite horrible weather conditions, with strong winds and driving rain throughout, the team played for each other and dominated a game that led to their first away win since the end of October.

It took about 20 minutes for Loch Lomond to break the deadlock, with Gillian Finch slamming in the opening goal and some good defence at the other end ensuring the visitors had a 1-0 lead at the interval.

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Stepps had just the bare 11 players, but Loch Lomond had a full squad, and coach Anne McGregor was able to use the rolling subs rule to her advantage by introducing fresh legs continuously throughout the match to keep the pressure on the home side.

Lucy Macrae got the second goal, which was rich reward for her tireless work throughout the whole match, picking up numerous loose balls in midfield.

The Loch Lomond defence pushed high up to the point where they were the playmakers from the back for the visitors, and a real belter from Philippa Filmer made it 3-0 to the visitors.

Stepps retaliated, pulling one back, but the visiting side were in no mood to be reeled in by their hosts, and Filmer added two more goals to complete her hat-trick and round off a convincing win for a Loch Lomond team who gave 100 per cent from start to finish, demonstrating great tenacity and team spirit on an extremely wet day.

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The opposition’s player of the match award deservedly went to Philippa Filmer, while Loch Lomond’s own player of the match was Lucy Macrae, with Phillipa Filmer runner-up.

Thanks to Andy Richardson for umpiring the match.

Squad: Heather Smith, Anne McGregor, Anna Currie (captain), Kara Kerr, Anna English, Jane Neil, Caroline Lyall, Melanie Birch, Jenna Gallacher, Eve Howard, Lucy Macrae, Alanna Hill, Philippa Filmer, Amy Daveney, Gillian Finch, Elaine Wotherspoon, Eilidh Hill and Rachael Peacock.

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