FJORDHUS Reivers had a long trip north at the weekend for a double header of national league fixtures against the two Aberdeen teams.

First up were Granite City Wanderers at Aberdeen Sports Village on Saturday for a match which was marred by atrocious weather conditions.

Reivers were up against it from the start and had keeper Christie Rout to thank for keeping them in the game with a string of fine saves as the home side piled on the pressure with a series of penalty corners.

A last-ditch goal-line clearance from Charlotte Fairburn had kept the scoreline blank.

But on the stroke of half time Wanderers broke the deadlock when the ball was adjudged to have crossed the line during a goalmouth scramble.

Reivers came more into the game in the second half and had chances to equalise with both Hannah McNair and Ashley Robson foiled from close range by the Wanderers keeper.

Hannah Miller and Robyn Pick also unleashed piledriver efforts which were blocked by some desperate defending and both players were then penalised by some baffling refereeing decisions.

The game came to an abrupt end with Reivers in the ascendancy, but going down to a 1-0 defeat.

However, given the difficult weather conditions, no-one could have faulted the efforts of the predominantly teenage team against their

more experienced opponents.

The performance against Gordonians at Robert Gordon College's superb facilities at Countesswells Road on the Sunday was certainly a lot more encouraging.

Playing against a strong wind, Reivers were again expected to be up against it in the first half.

However, this seemed to suit the visitors style of playing with some neat, short-passing moves from the middle of the park, resulting in several chances being created.

But again they found the home goalkeeper in top form and could not apply the vital finishing touch.

Gordonians counter-acted this by bypassing the midfield but the Reivers defence was well-marshalled by player-coach Emma Pate restricting the number of chances they created and it was goal-less at the interval.

Reivers had the backing of the wind in the second half but Gordonians showed they were also a good side in possession and kept a high line.

But the longer the game went the Reivers' stronger running proved to be telling and they had several chances to break the deadlock.

A combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing meant they were unable to get the vital goal they needed.

Right at the death Gordonians were awarded a penalty corner but the Reivers defence stood strong with some vital blocks resulting in the game finishing in a 0-0 draw, which was a fair reflection of the game.

Given the age of the visitors line-up this was a good result but Reivers made the long journey home on Sunday evening rueing the fact they could easily have collected all three points.