The outdoor season re-started some weeks ago, but unfortunately this reporter has remained in hibernation for an extended period. I now poke my head into the cold in the hope of finding an Easter egg, and to give you an update on recent action.
Our Men’s 1sts have played five games in 2018. Against Carnegie, GCW were two goals behind early on before getting a goal back just before the break to make it 2-1. GCW scored twice at the start of the second half to lead 3-2, but Carnegie’s bigger squad eventually told as they ran out 5-3 winners. Mark Cooper grabbed two goals, while Neil Morton Lloyd scored one.
The local derby against Gordonians is always a good contest, but unfortunately the team in yellow again proved too strong. Two penalty corner goals followed by one from open play gave Gordonians a 3-0 lead before youngster Max Lynch tapped home to make the final score 3-1.
After two games where plenty of effort was put in for little reward, GCW had a change in fortunes when Stepps visited Aberdeen. In bitterly cold conditions, Leon Wilkie scored from a corner in each half, while Stepps could only manage one corner conversion. The result was a 2-1 win for the home team, and some happy, frozen GCW faces.
This past weekend was a double header for GCW against teams at the opposite ends of the table. On Saturday, GCW travelled to Edinburgh to face Watsonians. The good news was that 5s captain Liam Wedekind made his National League debut; the bad news was that Watsonians were in clinical mood winning 4-0.
On Sunday, GCW welcome Harris to Aberdeen in Spring sunshine. The home team initially made hard work of breaking down the Harris defence, but once the goals started, they kept coming. Great credit should go to the Harris keeper who made some outstanding saves, but GCW just had too much against a team who have struggled this season. There were goals for Josh Lawrence (4), Stu Begg (2), Harry Leggett (2), Alex Ferguson (2), Neil Morton Lloyd (2) and Tom Morrison in a 13-0 win.
Our Men’s 4ths enjoyed a 6-2 win against Aberdeen Grammar 4ths. Adrian Doran rolled back the years in scoring three, while Mike Strachan, Martin Holley and Derek Wood all chipped in with one. While GCW were in the ascendancy for much of the game, Grammar kept themselves in it until the final quarter when Neil Edward’s strict fitness training for our 4s squad paid off.
It was a tight game for our Men’s 5ths against Aberdeen Tigers. With both goalkeepers making some good saves and defences holding out, the deadlock was eventually broken when Andy McLaren marked his long-awaited return to hockey with a good reverse stick finish to earn a 1-0 win for GCW.