Hampstead and Loughborough both promoted to Investec Women's Premier Division

Hampstead & Westminster's women celebrate in the Investec Women's Hockey League

Hamsptead & Westminster and Loughborough Students have both been promoted to the Investec Women's Hockey League Premier Division.

Kate Richardson-Walsh's Hampstead put seven past Stourport to finish top of the group of four teams, while Loughborough joined them after a top drawer 3-0 win against Slough.

Slough went into the final round of games top of the league, but unfortunately finshed in third on goal difference after a dramatic day's play at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

Hampstead & Westminster 7-1 Stourport
Needing a win to put themselves in the hunt from promotion, Hampstead started well against a Stourport side and three goals in the first 26 minutes certainly gave them an excellent cushion. Melanie Wilkinson scored twice from corners on 9 and 20 minutes, before Jasmine Clark added a third.

Right on half time though Lorna Mackenzie pulled a goal back and made it 3-1 going into half time.

At the interval, Hampstead were third in the table so knew they needed more goals to secure promotion. Thankfully from their perspective the goals kept coming, with Emily Maguire on target on 38 and 49 minutes, before Lauren Turner scored on the hour and Kate McCaw made it 7-1 right on full time.

The scoreline prompted great celebrations from a side who conceded only 8 goals all season in their conference, yet on this occasion it was their attacking prowess that took them into the top flight.

Loughborough Students 3-0 Slough
With Slough top of the table before play began, Loughborough knew they needed a positive result to have any chance of making the top two.

The students played very well throughout, and more than deserved their lead on 32 minutes through Jen Park's penalty corner.

They continued to press for more goals in the second half, and backed by a lively crowd they were a regular threat to Asha Tranquille-Day's goal.

On 46 minutes they pressure told as Lucy Millington made it 2-0, then on the hour Hannah Grieve found the net to make promotion all but certain.

It was tough going for Slough, and it was hard not to be sympathetic after the came into the day top of the league but missed out. Loughborough however fully deserved the win, and join Hampstead in the Investec women's top flight for 2019/10.