Hockey Women's Cup at Quarter Finals

In the first of the Women’s Cup quarter finals, current England Hockey League (EHL) Premier Division leaders and 2008 Cup Winners Leicester face a home tie against Surbiton from the South Region Division Two.  Both sides are unbeaten in their respective leagues this season and will be in confident mood ahead of the game with the Surrey side hoping to cause an upset.  Surbiton reached the last eight by beating EHL opposition in Buckingham whilst Leicester overcame Premier Division side Clifton 4-0 in their last 16 match. 

Sunderland will be hoping to put their league form behind them to cause an upset against 2009 finalists Reading.  Reading are currently second to Leicester in the EHL Premier Division and comfortably beat Sheffield Hallam 6-0 to reach this stage.  Sunderland, who currently sit bottom in the EHL Conference North Division, reached this stage with an impressive 4-2 victory away at Staines. 

EHL Premier Division side University of Birmingham face a short trip to take on Sutton Coldfield from the EHL Conference North in a Midlands Derby in the third quarter final.  The home side will be full of confidence having previously overcome Premier Division Olton & West Warwickshire in the last round.  The students currently sit seventh in the EHL Premier Division and are looking to reach the semi finals for the second year running. 

One side already through to the last four is Trojans after Dereham withdrew from the competition. 

The quarter finals of the Women’s Trophy will also take place this weekend. 

City of Oxford, who currently lie second in South Division 3A, will look to overcome higher league opposition as they take on 2008 finalists Teddington who sit second in South Division Two.  Teddington have yet to concede a goal in the competition and will hope to continue this form in Oxfordshire against a City of Oxford side that reached this stage with a Golden Goal victory against North Notts.

Falmouth will need to defeat the 2009 finalists Broxbourne to keep their Trophy dreams alive.  The Hertfordshire side is having a difficult season and is currently in seventh place in East Division One South.  They will hope to come back from their 640 mile round trip with a place in the last four.  Broxbourne beat Falmouth 3-1 in the semi finals of this competition last season.

Northamptonshire side Wellingborough also face a long trip as they travel to Lancashire to take on Kendal, who are fourth in North Division One.  Wellingborough, who have already made it one stage further than last season, are currently second in Midlands Division Two.
The final match of the round sees two teams from the same division go head to head.  Lewes are currently top of South Division 3B and their only defeat of the season so far was against Richmond, who they face on Sunday. For their part, Richmond sit in fourth place in the league and eleven points behind Lewes. 

Details of all Sunday’s Women’s Cup and Trophy matches can be seen below. 

Women’s Cup Quarter Finals 
Ties to be played on Sunday 28 February 2010

Leicester v Surbiton (12:30, Leicester Grammar School)
Sunderland v Reading (12:00, Meadowfield Sports Centre)
Sutton Coldfield v University of Birmingham (11:45, Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School)
Trojans v Dereham Walkover to Trojans 

Women’s Trophy Quarter Finals 
Ties to be played on Sunday 28 February 2010

City of Oxford v Teddington (14:00, Oxford Brookes University)
Falmouth V Broxbourne (11:00, Penair School)
Kendal v Wellingborough (11:00, Queen Katherine School)
Lewes v Richmond (13:30, Southdown Club)