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David Knipe will urge his men to beat Kelburne to retain their grip on top spot in the men’s hockey table. Picture by Nigel Duncan Media

Grange face Kelburne at Fettes College on Saturday (12.30) determined to consolidate their grip on pole position in Division One of the men’s national hockey league.

Coach David Knipe has a five-point lead at the summit and the club have 20 points from eight matches.

Former champions Kelburne, who pressed the Edinburgh club hard for the title last season before slipping-up on the final day, have only five points from seven fixtures.

The ninth-placed Paisley side have shipped 21 goals and scored only 19. Compare that to Grange who have scored 37 and lost only 11.

Elsewhere, Watsonians, who are eighth with eight points from eight games, visit former pace-setters Hillhead (13.30) who are third with 15 points from nine starts.

Edinburgh University, who are only a point and one place above Watsonians and with a game more played, entertain Uddingston (16.00) who are on 11 points and are looking for points to remain in the top five.

Other fixtures are sixth-placed Clydesdale v Western Wildcats (16.00) who are second.

And pointless bottom club Aberdeen Standard Gordonians, who have scored only two goals and let in 55, are at home to Grove Menzieshill who are fourth.

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