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Hockey - 01. February 2009.

Clydesdales Relegation Lifeline

The four-way relegation battle at the foot of the first division of the women’s Subway indoor national league has one more week and two matches to run, but it became clearer at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth, on Sunday.

The greatest winners were Clydesdale, the Titwood-based second strings of Milne Craig Western. While their senior side was being beaten 3-0 by recently re-crowned champions Bonagrass Grove, Clydesdale won both their matches.

hockey Clydesdales Relegation Lifeline

The first match against fellow-relegation battlers CALA Edinburgh was a thriller, ending 6-5 after Ellen Murray netted four goals in the second half. She also opened the scoring as her team then defeated the least vulnerable of the other clubs, Kelburne, 4-1, with former Olympian Wendy Justice coming out of retirement to score the last two goals from set-pieces.

And when CALA drew 3-3 with Bon Accord, the fourth of the relegation contenders, at the end of the day, it left these two locked together on eight points five behind Kelburne and Clydesdale - the latter topping the group by a single goal difference. They aren’t quite out of the woods yet, but must be feeling a lot more comfortable after their weekend’s work.

Grove completed their fixture programme with a perfect record to clinch their fourth successive title, to make it another all-Dundee year at the top of the men’s and women’s competitions. The 8-0 victory over their junior sisters Bell Lawrie was hardly surprising, and Pauline Stott, Nikki Kidd and Jaime Lyon helped themselves to a couple of goals each. Against Western, the goal-scorers were Kat Cameron, Kidd and Lynsey Glass from the top of the circle.

The women of Dundee Wanderers emulated their men’s side on Saturday by coming third after defeating Bell Lawrie 6-2. Amy Rowan and Vikki Bunce grabbed a brace each, while Ashley Bunce and Sammy Sangster added to the scoreline

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