KINGDOM Homes Carnegie gave Hillhead a good run for their money on Saturday but narrowly failed in their bid to make Division 1 of the Scottish Men's Hockey League.

However, under the Scottish Hockey Union's rules they get another chance this weekend.

Carnegie won their place in the rather complicated play-off system by finishing second top of Division 2 and on Saturday faced Hillhead who finished seventh in last season's top league, at the Scottish Hockey Stadium, in Glasgow.

Although Carnegie had beaten the Glasgow side in the Scottish Cup they knew that the 'Head would have all their best players available for this play-off tie and it started a very even game.

There were half chances for both sides and at the break Hillhead led by a goal.

They took advantage of an opportunity to double their advantage in the second period before the Fifers hit back with a goal from Andrew Doyle, from a pass from skipper Martin Daw.

It was anyone's tie now but Hillhead grabbed the key third goal to keep their place in Division 1.

Under the rules Carnegie will take on Watsonians this Saturday at Anniesland. 'Sonians finished second bottom of Division 1 and lost their play-off game with Kelburne last weekend, so Carnegie will hope to win this one.

Daw said: "This is a massive occasion for the club, as we have the chance to make club history in gaining promotion to outdoor National 1 and we are all very aware of what is needed.

"There was little in the Hillhead game but we made some unforced errors and it cost us."

The pushback time is noon at Glasgow Green.

Carnegie Ladies 3rd XI picked up a useful win in East Division 3 on Saturday against Kelso and started well taking the lead through Gail Hunter.

Kelso hit back midway through the half only for a Ciara Wilkie strike gave the Dunfermline side a 2-1 interval lead.

The Borders side kept battling and defended well and Carnegie had to settle for a narrow as neither side could add to their tally.