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Fjordhus Reivers Ladies 1sts vs  Inverleith: Tweedbank: 09/11/13

Fjordhus Reivers Ladies 1sts: 3   Inverleith: 2

Eventually back at home, Fjordhus Reivers took on Inverleith at Tweedbank. Expecting a tough encounter against the Edinburgh outfit two places above them in the division.

The Fjordhus ladies started strongly with much of the pressure but  an unfortunate loss of concentration saw the Edinburgh team slot one past Caroline Duff in goals.

The Reivers kept their heads up and remained composed for the rest of the half adding a lot of the pressure on the young Inverleith side. Great defensive marker by youngster Rhona Gowans, Jackie Wilson and Claire Townsend kept the Borders side firmly in the game. Some excellent, attacking running from skilful forward Sarah Mathers saw her pass the ball smoothly  to striking counterpart Laura McLean who chose her spot to beat the keeper.

Mazy running from youngster Leia Mackinnon had the Inverleith defence in a spin and this excellent play resulted in her winning a corner for the home side.. Townsend plays the ball out to the top of the circle, Jack stops the ball and Emily Newlands stepped up and slotted the ball past the static keeper. 1-1

Another slick attacking team effort saw left midfielder Kirsty Millar reverse hit the ball across the circle for attacker Mackinnon to deflect the ball past the keeper, making the score 3-1.

Inverleith changed their formation and put a full press on the Reivers defence. However, all credit to the formation and discipline of the defenders,  who stuck to their task and remained organised, sticking to their players, thwarting any Inverleith attacks.

Reivers continued to spread the ball with excellent linking passing moves between the defenceand midfield, however, were unable to capitalise on their attacks. Denise Fairburn continued to create space in the midfield and worked tirelessly to force the opposition to make mistakes. The hard work of the Inverlieth press eventually paid off and they slipped the ball to the back post for an unmarked player to beathe Fjordhust keeper.

Even when reduced to 9 players the Reivers stood strong and the final whistle came as a relief to the Borderers.

A very well deserved win, and 3 points for the Fjordhus Reivers 1sts. Caroline Duff in goal played an outstanding debut performance and is the latest of many young talented players who are coming through the ranks of the Fjordhus club

Final score 3-2.


 Fjordhus Reivers v AAM Merlin Gordonians:  02/11/13:  (Away, Aberdeen)

Merlins  2- Fjordhus Reivers Ladies 1sts 0

It was the second week in a row the intrepid Borderers had made the journey north to Aberdeen. They were greeted with some unfavourable weather conditions which included driving wind and rain.

The game started with two early goals for the home side as a result of lack of concentration. However the Reivers sorted out their defensive shape and looked much more organised. As the game progressed the action was ever accumulating. Rhona Gowans age 14 made her debut senior appearance for the club and showed excellent work rate and determination. Leia Mackinnon made some piercing runs forward creating opportunities for the visitors, .

At half time, stalwart Janet Jack rallied the troops and they approached the remaining 35 minutes with renewed vigour.

This    determination from the Reivers ladies created plenty of chances and won a number of short corners but unfortunately they were unable to close the deficit. Much like the weather the Borderers generated a barrage of attacking play but were denied occasions numerous by an exceptional Merlin’s keeper.

All in all, a good effort in very difficult conditions.




                    Fjordhus Reivers Ladies 2nds v Peebles Ladies: 02/11/13  (Home, Tweedbank)

                                             Result:   Fjordhus Reivers Ladies 2nds: (7)-  Peebles Ladies : (1)

Some hard work on the training field on Tuesday night paid dividends on Saturday as the Reivers Ladies 2nds put together a fluent display. Fine passing moves saw the Ladies string together some excellent passing sequences which resulted in numerous opportunities to score.

Sara Robson having recovered from injury scored a fine hat trick with sister and captain Ashley also scoring 1.  Others scorers were Laura McColm (2), Nicola Laing (1)

If the squad continue playing with this kind of spirit and determination, along with the quality of hockey,  they will prove to be a difficult team to beat.


Dundee University v Reivers Fjordhus Reivers ladies.

19/10/2013- Riverside Astro, Dundee.


Reivers Ladies 1sts took to the Dundee astro in an absolute downpour, which lasted the duration of the match, making stick control and accuracy of passing difficult. However, Reivers took the game to the Varsity Ladies and started at a furious pace. Skillful play and excellent distribution from coach Janet Jack, who was playing the deep holding role which allowed Emily Newlands some creative space in midfield to show off her impressive running game. Within the first few minutes the home keeper was being peppered by shots by the front strike pair of Lucy Inglis and Laura McLean. Pressure and possession meant that the Reivers were playing an expansive and structured game plan and the goals were not long in coming. Lucy Inglis who ran into a super position at back post got the first after excellent play by Sarah Mathers. 0-1  Reivers showed no mercy and pressed and defended as a team and repelled any attacks with clean tackles and good communication. Ball pace from Reivers was excellent on a very tricky pitch, the combination of Morven Cawthorn and Denise Fairbairn linked well and created space for the free running Newlands. Newlands fed the Gazelle like Laura McLean who galloped away from the cover defence, rounded a defender at right D and smashed the ball into the net at a tight angle. 0-2.  The all round defence of Reivers was strong and with players working back to help their teammates meant that the ball was regained time after time. Lucy Inglis and Laura McLean were particularly good at working hard off the ball to create space and track back.  Inglis added her second goal on the 17 minute mark, from smart play initially by Kirsty Millar, slip pass to McLean who again found Inglis at back post, Training ground move, executed perfectly. 0-3. Stacey Tennant in goal was having a quiet day, but dealt with stray balls with aplomb.

Pressure was relentless and a penalty corner was awarded to Reivers for a stray foot, after a hard and fast ball into the D by Zoe Higgins. Emily Newlands from Top D thumped the ball into the right of goal to take the score to 0-4.


The weather worsened during the second half, but Reivers started again where they left off, this half using the right side of pitch, where Fairbairn, Cawthorn and Kirsty Millar were making huge inroads into the home teams red zone. From a wicked sweep pass across the D by Cawthorn , the home team were in disarray but the ever dependable and terrier that is Jackie Wilson dived and got her stick to the ball which trickled over the line. Commitment and desire from a super player. 0-5.  The Varsity ladies eventually started to gain momentum and created some space down the left, which Captain Pippa Bell had to be sharp to clear the danger. Concentration by the Reivers lapsed and the home team managed to get a goal back from a well worked penalty corner. 1-5.  A rocket from Captain Bell focused the reivers ladies to push on and put the game beyond doubt. Janet Jack pushed up from her holding role and played a sweep pass into the D and Newlands hit it first time with another sweep to get her double to take the score to 1-6.

Dundee capitalized on the Reivers attacking play, which left some space in midfield and they scored their second past a diving Stacey Tennant. 2-6.  The 2 minute warning for the end of game sounded and Reivers poured forward, Laura McLean again galloping away from defenders, caught a foot which awarded the Reivers a penalty corner. Stick Stop Jack dummied to Newlands and fired the ball to back post, and Captain Pippa Bell who had followed in from push out to force the ball into goal. 2-7.  A fitting end to a very professional display by Reivers who for once this season played with pace, commitment and above all they looked as if they enjoyed it.

Final Score , Dundee University 2- Reivers Fjordhus Reivers 7

Squad- S.Tennant, P.Bell, J.Jack, E.Newlands, M.Cawthorn, C,Townsend, J.Wilson, K,Millar, D.Fairbairn, L.Inglis, Z.Higgins, S.Mathers, L.McLean.


Erskine Stewarts Melville (ESM) v Fjordhus Reivers Ladies 1sts: Match report


Commitment, dedication and focus resulted in a well-earned 2-1 victory for the  Fjordhus Ladies 1’s against ESM.

The game started with Reivers enjoying the majority of possession through excellent midfield /striker linking between Denise Fairbairn, Leia MacKinnon, Laura Mclean, Elena Lunn and Lucy Inglis.  This domination of the ESM half offered a number of goal scoring opportunities and only determined defending and goal keeping from ESM prevented the ball going in the oppositions net.

A rare foray by ESM fifteen minutes into the game saw a hard driven ball played into the circle by their midfield which unfortunately took a deflection on the way in off a Reivers stick and the ball flew past the stranded goalkeepers head.

Continued pressure from the Reivers midfield with Emily Newlands and Janet Jack linking with Jackie Wilson, kept the ESM on the back foot and this resulted in a penalty corner being awarded after the ESM goalkeeper illegally parried a ball away after Jack threw an arial into the circle.

The well drilled short corner team stepped up and Emily Newlands fired one home for the team.

Half time 1-1

At half time coach, Jack reviewed  and reorganised the distribution out of defence which immediately  saw a number of penetrating passes reached the strikers in the opening minutes of the second half.  Eventually it paid off.  A turnover deep in the Fjordhus half saw Janet Jack feed Laura McLean who cut inside to lay the ball off to Leia McKinnon who drew her player in and used her pace to take her outside, drove  the baseline and made a pinpoint pass which allowed Laura McLean to fire the ball into the goal.


Solid defending by Morven Cawthorn, Pippa Bell, Emily Newlands, Claire Townsend and Zoe Higgins and positive decision making in goal by Stacey Tennant thwarted any ESM attacks in the final fifteen minutes to see the Reivers pick up a well-deserved 3 points.


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