Women's Cup & Trophy Quarter Finals

The Women's Cup and Trophy reach the last eight this Sunday, with teams battling out for a Semi-Final place.

For the two sides that play their league hockey outside of the Slazenger England Hockey League, Epson and Cambridge City, the romance of the cup is well and truly alive.  Both teams have tricky Quarter-Final ties with Epsom taking on Reading, who are top of the Slazenger Conference East Division, and Cambridge City taking on Barnes Hounslow Ealing who are second in the same league behind Reading.

Barnes Hounslow Ealing will be looking to make it two out of two against teams from the East Regional Premier League after they defeated Dereham in the last 16 to make it to this stage. Reading caused an upset in the last round by defeating Slazenger Premier League side Trojans and will hope they are not on the receiving end this time round.

The other two matches involve the only two remaining Slazenger EHL Premier League teams, Bowdon Hightown and Clifton.  Bowdon Hightown, who look set to take the Slazenger Premier League title after an unbeaten season so far, travel to the West Midlands to take on Sutton Coldfield who are enjoying a good season themselves having won ten out of their 13 Slazenger Conference West Division matches.

The only team doing better than Sutton Coldfield in Slazenger Conference West is the University of Birmingham, who are averaging a remarkable 5.6 goals a game.  They host Clifton who currently sit fifth in the Slazenger Premier League and knocked out last seasonís finalists Slough earlier in the competition.

The students however will be full of confidence after knocking out last seasonís champions Leicester in Round Four.                                                                   

The Women's Trophy Quarter-Finals involve eight teams who have never won the competition since its conception in 1993.

Boots Hockey Club is enjoying a great season sitting top of Midlands Division Two and they will be looking for further success with a victory over Chichester Priory Park who are fourth in South Division 3B.  The team from the South coast eased their way through Round Three with a 6-1 away victory against Newent.

Richmond are having an up and down season in South Division 3B, currently sitting eighth.  They will be looking to put indifferent league form behind them as they travel to Hertfordshire to take on a Broxbourne side who sit top of East Division 2SW.

Falmouth find themselves in the last eight of the competition despite having only played once after receiving two walkovers in previous rounds.  They welcome Leek, who are fourth in Midlands Division Two, and will be hoping to make the 620 mile round trip to Cornwall a successful one.

The last match of the round sees North Notts, who are second in Midlands Division Two, take on Spencer, who are also second in their league.  Spencer enjoyed a 6-0 victory en route to this stage and will hope for a repeat performance in what should be an evenly fought match.

Full details of the Womenís Cup and Trophy Quarter-Final matches can be seen below.

Women's Cup Quarter-Finals Ė ties to be played Sunday 1 March
Barnes Hounslow Ealing v Cambridge City (1200, Dukes Meadow)
Epsom v Reading (1300, Epsom College)
Sutton Coldfield v Bowdon Hightown (1230, Wyndley Leisure Centre)
University of Birmingham v Clifton (1230, Birmingham University)

Women's Trophy Quarter-Finals - ties to be played Sunday 1 March
Boots v Chichester Priory Park (1330, Boots Ladybay Sports Club)
Broxbourne v Richmond (1400, Broxbourne Sports Club)
Falmouth v Leek (1300, Pool School, Camborne)
North Notts v Spencer (1230, Manor Park Sports Complex)

Don't forget you can see details of the Women's Cup and Trophy Semi-Final draws as soon as they are available by returning to www.englandhockey.co.uk on Monday.