EAST GRINSTEAD 6
GROVE MENZIESHILL 5
Menzieshill seemed to be cruising to victory over the English champions in Vienna when they led 5-2 at half-time but it all fell apart in the second half, writes Craig Madden. They will still qualify for the promotion group, though, if they beat the AD Lousada, from Portugal, today.
East Grinstead took an early lead Michael Ross, Craig Falconer and Chris Wilson put Menzieshill in control. The English side reduced the leeway from a set piece but Ross McPherson finished a three-player penalty corner move and Ross Stott flicked home a fifth goal. East Grinstead turned up the heat and scored four unanswered goals after the break, Allan Law shooting into the side-netting when presented with a late chance to level the scores at a penalty corner.
GROVE MENZIESHILL 7
HC MINSK (BELARUS) 3
A stirring second-half display had earned Grove victory in the opening pool game. The Belarus champions played in a tight defensive formation in the opening period to deny the Taysiders clear scoring chances but, four minutes after the break, Wilson set up captain McPherson for a shot into an empty net. He added a second minutes later after good inter-play with Gavin Byers and, though Minsk pulled one back, a move between Wilson and Ross resulted in the latter slotting home, then Sam Tilston had a simple tap-in from a square pass by Wilson.
Minsk made it 4-2 but Tilston soon added a second tap-in. Minsk replaced their keeper with an additional outfield player but paid for it when Byers added a sixth on a breakaway from a Minsk penalty corner and Ross notched a seventh after another lively counter-attack. The Belarusians scored their third from an overtime penalty corner.
n Scotland's women were 3-0 winners over the leading Dutch club side Klein Zwitzerland in Rome yesterday as they stepped up their preparations for the second round of the World League. Nikki Kidd, of Edinburgh University, put them ahead with an early drag flick at a penalty corner but it was not until the final seven minutes that Vikki Bunce sold the goalkeeper a dummy and fired into the empty net, then Ailsa Wyllie deflected in a shot across the circle by Susan McGilveray.
n Glynhill Kelburne, the Scottish champions, have arranged games against two leading Dutch sides, Laren and HGC, over the weekend in preparations for their impending EuroLeague last-16 tie against Uhlenhorst Mulheim, of Germany. Ross McIntyre and Jonny Christie are injured but Gareth Hall, the Scotland internationalist, returns from long-term injury and defender David Forsyth, who works in the Netherlands but is still on Kelburne's books, will make the trip.