Surbiton shock Canterbury in Premier Division

Surbiton win Conference East 2011-12-450

THE four teams who will contest the end of season play-offs for the Investec Women’s Hockey League Championship are now known – but exactly who will play who is yet to be decided after three of the Premier Division matches were postponed.

Canterbury, Leicester, Reading and Surbiton lie first, second, third and fourth in the table, but with both Leicester and Reading having their home games postponed because of the heavy snow on Saturday, exactly who plays who in the play-offs is not yet certain.

Leaders Canterbury suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Surbiton which clinched the Surrey side fourth spot. Vicky Bryant and Hannah Coulson gave Surbiton a two-nil lead after just ten minutes, and although Canterbury clawed back a second half goal through Eliza Brett, it was not enough.

As well as guaranteeing Surbiton’s place in the play-offs, that result means that Canterbury can still be overtaken by Leicester if they win their outstanding match against bottom of the league Slough.

Bowdon Hightown drew 2-2 against visitors Clifton in the day’s only other Premier Division clash, leaving Bowdon fifth in the table.

Harleston Magpies clinched the Investec Conference East title in dramatic fashion, drawing with runners-up Sevenoaks. Angie Wheelhouse gave the Magpies the lead, and Cathy Gilliat-Smith levelled for Sevenoaks.

In the Investec Conference West Taunton Vale are relegated after losing 2-1 at Barnes Hounslow Ealing, while Stains will go into the relegation play-offs having drawn 2-2 with Bristol Firebrands.

And in the only match to go ahead in the Investec Conference North, Brooklands Poynton ran out 2-1 winners over visitors Ben Rhydding.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (March 23 2013):

Investec Premier Division: Bowdon 2, Clifton 2; Surbiton 2, Canterbury 0.

Investec Conference East: Harleston Magpies 1, Sevenoaks 1.

Investec Conference North: Brooklands Poynton 2, Ben Rhydding 1.

Investec Conference West: Barnes 2, Taunton Vale 1; Gloucester City 1, Trojans 0; Staines 2, Bristol Firebrands 2; Swansea City 1, Isca 1.

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