Sheffield settle for draw against Brooklands

Sheffield Hallam Mike Shaw 450

Sheffield Hallam had a tough start to their promotion tournament campaign as they drew 3-3 with NOW: Pensions Conference North champions Brooklands Manchester University on Sunday.

The Yorkshire side managed to survive automatic relegation from the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Premier Division on the final day of the season but now face the three Conference champions to keep their place.

It was Sheffield Hallam who got off to a flying start, going 3-0 up through goals from Will Hearne, Liam Ansell and Mike Shaw (pictured).

But two goals in two minutes from Brooklands’ Dave Flanagan and Aiden Khares turned the game around and Peter Cornell’s goal a minute into the second half drew the scores level.

In the other game, NOW: Pensions Conference East champions Southgate took a narrow 1-0 win over NOW: Pensions Conference West table-toppers, Cardiff and Met. Simeon Bird scored the only goal of the game and it puts them top of the table.

And in the relegation play-offs Brighton and Hove beat Isca 4-1 with goals from Sam Rose, Sam Chilvers, Mike Burney and Luc Hinton.

League Finals Weekend

The winners of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League and the Investec Women’s Hockey League will be crowned over two action-packed weekends at Reading Hockey Club in April. The top four Premier Division teams qualify for their respective finals weekends, playing off against each other to be crowned league champions.

The men’s finals will take place on the 5-6 April while the women will battle it out a week later from 12-13 April. Tickets are now available to purchase for both weekends, please visit www.englandhockey.co.uk/tickets

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, March 29 2014):

NOW: Pensions Relegation Play-offs: Brighton and Hove 4, Isca 1.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, March 30 2014):

NOW: Pensions Promotion Tournament: Brooklands Manchester University 3, Sheffield Hallam 3; Southgate 1, Cardiff and Met 0.