Match Report - 10 Nov 2018, Dunfermline City Hockey Club Dunfermline City First Team lost to Watsonians 6s
City were missing 5 key players going into this match - and then James Spreng called off on the morning of the game leaving City with 10. We thankfully managed to find an eleventh man in Bruce Callan from the cricket club to help us out.
City were definately up against it. Watsonians were lying bottom of the table prior to the game - but there early season form was behind them as they had drawn with the league leaders Peebles the week before hand so they were on the up. City despite being current league champions have only one win so far this season.
City started reasonably strongly against a strong Watsonians team.
Watsons however managed to sneak ahead when a couple of weak tackles alowed a soft goal to be scored.
Watsons then doubled their lead when they were awarded a short corner when a free hit to City looked like it should have been awarded. City should have defended it better and again another soft goal was conceded.
When City did press with Ben Buttercase driving forward we did look dangerous - Al Green as the lone forward was holding up the ball well - but he was lacking support.
Bruce Callan in his first game of hockey was performing admirably wide right - and was probably one of City's best players on the day. Driving up and down the right wing like he had played for years.
2.0 down at HT.
Second half City had a chance as Miller glanced the ball just wide from a Buttercase pass.
Miller then had a great opportunity when he drove into the D. Fouled at least twice and off balance he struck his shot wide. The umpire said he played advantageous - but there was no advantage when you are off balance from a bad tackle trying to shoot.
City Conceded a third shortly after this.
Citys other real chance came when Miller whacked a ball from a free hit on the half way sidelines up to Alan Green on the edge of the D. Alan managed to touch it round the keeper and tried to get on the end of it but Bruce Callan was closer and just about managed to convert before a defender cleared.
City lost 3.0 but performed admirably. James Luff had a good performance in a marking role wide left - while Ben and Donald worked their butts off in the midfield.
Fingers crossed City can get a full line up out for the visit of Stirling Wanderers on the 24th of Nov where we hope to start climbing back up the table.
Watsonians 6s 3 - 0 Dunfermline City Hockey Club Dunfermline City First Team