Hillhead 1s rue missed chances against Grange

Posted by Ewan Campbell on 5 November 2018

03 November 2018 - Hillhead V Grange (1-3) - National League 1

A top of the table clash saw home team Hillhead up against reigning Scottish Champions Grange, who recently returned from competing in the top flight European competition EHL. Hillhead were approaching the game with a well-founded confidence after an impressive performance the week prior against Glasgow rivals Clydesdale. They would; however, be without a number of key individuals including striker Graeme Campbell, who was recovering from a head injury following receipt of a wayward reverse cross from partner Fraser Ward, who was also MIA.

The game got off to a quick start, with the away side managing to manufacture a circle entry which left Hillhead relying on the impressive reactions of keeper Jamie Frail to keep the scores level. From here, Grange continued to dominate much of the first half; however, a stubborn Hornets defence managed to prevent any real danger from occurring, as they swarmed men behind the ball. Hillhead progressively battled their way back into the game but had scarce opportunities to sting the away side up until late in the first half, when two balls were flashed across the Grange goal mouth, but to no avail.

Just when Hillhead had thought they have managed to get through the first half unscathed, a final attack from Grange resulted in a reverse stick shot from a narrow angle squeeze through the Hillhead defence and past an unsighted Frail. HT; 0-1.

The second half would prove to be a far more action-packed half, with the away side getting the better of any chances created, resulting in Hillhead finding themselves three goals down midway through the half. From here; however, the home side set stall and upped their performance, dominating the possession and pounding the opposition D. As the chances continued to amount to nothing material, striker Ross Jamieson took matters into his own hands and manufactured a penalty stroke after rolling the Grange defence to lure in an uncontrolled stick tackle. The talisman confidently stepped up to take the stroke and rammed the ball low into the corner of the Grange goal. 1-3, with ten minutes remaining. Hillhead continued to dominate possession and continued to win penalty corners which they were unable to convert.

The final whistle left a bitter sweet feeling amongst the home side. Despite walking away empty handed, a strong second half performance gave Hillhead positives to take into their next two fixtures before the winter break.

Next week sees Hillhead take on Edinburgh side Watsonians; 1500hrs push back at Old Anniesland (GHK).

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