Reston Junior Agricultural Club recently made the trip north to Kinross to take part in the annual East Region Sports Day, involving teams from the whole of the east side of Scotland taking part in mixed hockey 7’s and male football,
Reston started their day with the mixed hockey 7’s. This proved to be a terrific performance in which the team ran out winners of the pool beating all three rival teams to the top spot with a flurry of goals from Agnes Orr, David Hutchison, Carina Calder and Craig Patterson, and strong defence from Duncan Orr, Kelly Aitchison, Graham Fleming and Holly Wilson. There was also some magic in the midfield from Erin King, John Orr and Alex Prentice. Reston qualified for the semi-finals without conceding a single goal,
The semi-final saw an easy dispatch of local rivals Ettrick and Lauderdale who finished a very creditable third. Five goals from Hutchison and Orr secured Reston’s place in the final against Strathearn.
The final was a close affair with Reston having most of the pressure but very strong defence from Strathearan’s Scottish international defender kept them at bay until a ball found its way into the “D” for David Hutchison to slot home for a 1-0 advantage.
After half time Craig Patterson made some huge breaks into the opposition half and was rewarded with a goal to give Reston a cushion with five minutes left to play.
Strathearn were spurred into life by this and put real pressure on Reston and eventually got a goal back to make it a nervy last two minutes. However, Reston were able to hold on and secure the victory. A great team performance which has earned them a place in the National Finals in next month.
Not content with that, the boys refuelled at the pub and went back out onto the pitch to play in the football 7’s.
Playing with a squad of two rugby players, three hockey players and two footballers, their chances never looked good, but the “never say die” attitude of the lads was evident from the start.
The tournament was fought out in a round robin basis with six teams all playing each other to determine the winner.
Reston were up against it from the start playing a very capable Bell Baxter Academy side in their first game. Strong defence from Duncan Orr, Graham Fleming and Ross King kept the Academy out before Reston won a corner with three minutes to play. David Hutchison elected to take it and managed, somehow, to curl the ball into the net to give Reston a 1-0 lead which they held onto.
Their second game was again a hard fought match against some very talented opposition. Again Reston were pushing hard and a “Lionel Messi” style lob from John Orr led to David Hutchison volleying home from 20 yards out for a 1-0 lead. A second Hutchison goal gave Reston a very unexpected 2-0 win.
A further 2-0 with goals from Hutchison and King put Reston in the hunt to win the contest and they started to believe an upset was on the cards.
Game four was a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to a long range effort from John Orr. At this point it should be said that goalkeeper Steven Patterson was outstanding and quite how he still had a clean sheet in tact up to this point was a mystery.
The final game was against Kinross, with a clean sweep on the cards and a quite miraculous victory beckoning, all out attack mode was selected and this led to Reston giving away their first and only goal of the tournament.
After the break some fine work by Duncan and John Orr led to Hutchison equalising and the score remained 1-1 at full time resulting in overall victory for Reston.
A huge congratulations to all involved and good luck in the nationals.