Dumfries lined up at home against Hillhead 4s knowing that a win would see them end the day in sixth place and jump their opponents in the league.
John McCoskry was faced with losing one of his better players as he could not get anyone to umpire the game and it was top scorer Iain Callander who chose to drop out of the squad.
The opening goal came ten minutes in and it was the Dumfries side that scored it against the run of play. A break down the right flank saw the cross field ball met at the near post by forward Jimmy Clark and he steered the ball past the keeper and into the bottom corner of the goal.
Dumfries almost gave their lead away straight away when a back pass was missed by centre back John Bennett and the Hillhead forward found himself with only McCoskry to beat. Poor control from the forward saw him robbed of the ball and Dumfries clear their lines.
Hillhead did get two goals in quick succession to give them the lead going into the half time break.
The away side extended their lead early in the second half after being awarded a penalty corner. The ball was dragged out to the top of the area and the ball was worked to the back post leaving the Hillhead forward a tap in.
Hillhead had the chance to score and kill the game off but a super save low to his left by Moscrop kept the ball out. The ball fell to former Dumfries player Scott Robertson but his attempted flick was weak and hit Moscrop in the face-mask allowing Stuart Boulton to clear the ball out the pitch.
Dumfries were awarded a penalty corner midway through the half and the ball was dragged out by Bennett. However striker Clark did not allow the ball to come out of the area and was blown up for a foul. His initial dissent saw him warned by the umpire but he continued to argue his case and this saw him given a yellow card and put in the sin bin for five minutes.
This saw the Dumfries side start to pass the ball around the pitch and was possibly their best spell of the game. With five minutes to go the Hillhead side sat back and Dumfries pressed to get a goal back and it was Sandy Rennie who got it. Some neat skill at the top of the area found Rennie some space and a low drive went past the keeper and in at the left hand post.
That goal unsettled the away side as they started to get frustrated and argue with each other. The Dumfries side pressed on and were awarded a dubious penalty corner with 21 seconds to play.
This saw all 10 of Dumfries outfield players push forward and try to get the equalising goal. The ball was dragged out by Bennett to Jimmy Clark, his initial shot was blocked by the defender but the ball fell to Rennie and his flick ended up in the back of the net to see the game end and three all.
The man of the match was awarded to forward Jimmy Clark. He posed the Hillhead defence problems throughout the game and getting the first goal for Dumfries sees his total for the season go to 16.
Next week Dumfries make their longest journey of the season to Helensburgh who currently sit in fourth place in the league.
Selected players are asked to meet at Dumfries Sports Club, Nunholm, at 9:30am.
Dumfries team: S Moscrop, J McCoskry, J Bennett, S Boulton, B Chambers, S Rennie, A Ross, M Redman, K Martin, J Clark, A Darabi. Sub: A Bryant.
Dumfries Ladies hockey results from the weekend were: Saturday, Dumfries 1sts 4 Hillhead IIIs 0; Strathclyde Uni IIIs 2 Dumfries IIs 1. Sunday, Dumfries IIs 2 Strathclyde Uni IIIs 1
Both Dumfries men and ladies teams are currently looking for new players. Anyone interested in playing is invited to the training sessions on Tuesday evenings from 6pm-8pm at the King George V Park, Glasgow Road Dumfries. Information can also be sought via e-mail from: hockey@ dumfriessportsclub.co.uk
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