Oct 26 2011 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
Monklands Men's Hockey Club
NATIONAL LEAGUE THIRD DIVISION:
MONKLANDS knew life in the national leagues would prove a tad more difficult than how it treated them in the west district.
And after chalking up a third straight defeat, the Coatbridge men will need to draw on their years of experience to prevent this run of form amounting to anything more serious.
Looking to make amends on derby day, following a 3-0 reverse at home to Aberdeen GSFP, Monklands were desperate to get back to winning ways at Motherwell.
However, the classy hosts bagged the points with three goals in the second half hurting Sheila Moodie’s side who trailed 1-0 at the interval.
Jamie Mathieson and Andrew Leaker made the scoreline more respectable after getting on the scoresheet.
There was no time for a comeback, though, and captain Andy McKellar reflected on another disappointing day for the squad.
“This was another game in which we weren’t quick enough out of the blocks,” the skipper told Advertiser Sport.
“But a short period in the second half when the real damage was done.
“We could have perhaps scored a couple more goals if it wasn’t for the excellent Motherwell goalkeeper.
“However, that shouldn’t hide the fact that they deserved the three points.
“We seem to be conceding some soft goals at the moment and are struggling to hold the ball as well as we know we can.”
Monklands are now in sixth place in the National League Third Division having taken nine points from seven games.
On the positive side, Monklands are competing well and their four defeats have come against the top four teams who have lost just three of their combined 25 games.
McKellar and his team-mates have a chance to stop the rot when they welcome Erskine Stewarts Melville this weekend.
Monklands’ opponents have won only one of their opening six matches so far this term.