AFTER missing out on beating promotion-chasing Dundee Wanderers last week, Kingdom Homes Carnegie Hockey Club looked to get back to winning ways against Harris at the weekend in Dundee.
Looking to stay in contention in Scottish Men’s Hockey League Division 2, they travelled up to Dundee on a wet and cold Saturday still missing a few regulars which meant that youth players were called up to see how they would cope at this level.
Lewis Wilkie, who has previously played for the first team a couple of times returned, while Ben Scriven and Isaac Fraser-West were making their debut.
Although Harris were in the bottom half of the table, Carnegie knew it wasn’t going to be straightforward.
From the off, Carnegie pressed high and looked to retain possession while creating chances.
Another youngster, Ben Pearson, scored his first goal of the season with a spectacular reverse stick shot high into the top left-hand corner to put Carnegie ahead.
From this the visitors looked to step up a gear and go on to score more but Harris had other ideas and equalised to make it 1-1 at the break.
The focus on the second half was to keep playing the way they were and the chances would come.
Not long after the break, Martin Daw and Davyn Keuter scored in quick succession to give Carnegie a 3-1 lead.
As the game went on both teams were suffering from the cold weather and the game slowed.
The home side felt they could still get something from the game but Andy Doyle popped up two minutes from time to secure the winner after Jamie Stuart played him in.
That gave Carnegie a three-goal lead and helped them three points to take their total to 22 from 12 games but due to Stepps playing on Sunday in a re-arranged game and winning they moved down to sixth.
However, the West Fifers meet the Glasgow side away from home this Saturday so can move back above them with a win.
Skipper Doyle said: “A much deserved win and another three points in the bag and if we can go to Stepps and take all three points it will keep us very much in with a chance of moving into the top four.”