EuroCanterbury Surprise Leaders of Women's Premier Division

Whilst Leicester were narrowly missing out on promotion from the EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Trophy by finishing third; EuroCanterbury went first in Women’s Premier Division despite a loss on Sunday. In Men’s Premier Division leaders East Grinstead were held to two score draws.

Women's Premier Division
Lucy Hyams in action against UOB for EuroCanterbury March 2010EuroCanterbury, who have played a game more than Leicester, lead Women’s Premier Division by two points following a 3-0 win over Clifton on Saturday. Lucy Hyams, Sarah Kerly and Jen Wilson all added their name to the score sheet in the victory, but neither they, nor any of their teammates, were able to get on the score sheet on Sunday during a 1-0 loss to Reading. Rebecca Halle notched that single goal but due to other results Reading remain in sixth position and a point off of a play-off place.  

Bottom side Brooklands Poynton were condemned to their tenth loss of the season by University of Birmingham’s Sophie Bray who scored the only goal of the game shortly after it began. Bowdon Hightown then beat University of Birmingham on Sunday 3-2 to draw level on points with their defeated opponents. With four points remaining on the clock the Cheshire side were required to overturn a goal deficit to record the win. Lis Chaffey and Tina Cullen were their side’s saviours netting within two minutes of each other. 

The result also meant that University of Birmingham dropped to fourth place, having briefly occupied third on Saturday, after Slough’s 3-2 win over Clifton. Slough had earlier suffered a surprise 4-2 defeat by third bottom side Olton & WW, Lucilla Wright scoring twice for Olton. Cannock played host to Olton the following day in a West Midlands derby which ended all square, two goals apiece which keeps the points difference between the sides to two points. Cannock squandered a two goal first half lead as Olton fought back for a share of the spoils. 

Men's Premier Division
Beeston's Matt Taylor in action against East Grinstead's Niall Stott 2010East Grinstead entered the weekend six points clear at the top of Men’s Premier Division with a game in hand over second placed Beeston. They finished the weekend with a six point lead reduced to five and having caught up the game in hand. Two 3-3 score draws meant they settled for two points from six against Bowdon and bottom side Canterbury in which they earned, and lost, points in the last minute. Beeston’s 3-2 win at Hampstead and Westminster, in which Matt Taylor scored twice, sets up a thrilling clash with East Grinstead next weekend in their re-arranged fixture.  If the Bees were to win, they would pull within two points of their opponents with four games remaining. Surbiton remain three points behind Beeston, in third, after a 2-0 win at Loughborough Students despite James Tindall missing a 59th minute penalty stroke with goals from Matt Daly and Chris Grassick. 

Reading moved up into fourth after a win over bottom of the table Canterbury and as a result Hampstead and Westminster fall out of the play-off places. Brooklands MU recorded a much needed win against relegation rivals Cannock on Saturday. Cannock had been enjoying a purple patch of form taking eight points from twelve over the past two weeks before the defeat to Brooklands whilst the home side had suffered four straight defeats. The result means that three points separate Brooklands from Cannock and safety. 

Men's Conference East
Southgate was held to a 3-3 draw by Sam Pike’s hat-trick for Wimbledon in Men’s Conference East. Holcombe were able to claw Southgate’s lead back to three points following their 4-2 win over Old Loughtonians, David Mathews scoring all four for the home side. In the relegation battle Oxted moved three points clear of their opponents and the relegation play-off place after beating Sevenoaks 3-1 at home.

Men's Conference North
Men’s Conference North leaders Doncaster registered a 2-0 victory over Belper to maintain a one point lead over Durham University. Sheffield Hallam Civica lost touch with the top after Daniel Coultas scored twice for Durham University for a 2-1 win that keeps them in touch with Doncaster. Ben Rhydding suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat at Leek and sit seven points adrift of the relegation play-off place. Barford Tigers, current occupiers of the relegation play-off place, earned a 2-2 draw at Olton & WW but failed to make ground on eighth placed Harborne who also earned a point at Deeside Ramblers.

Men's Conference West
Team Bath Buccaneers conceded ground in the battle for first place in Men’s Conference West on Sunday. Whilst Team Bath Buccs were held to a 1-1 draw by Havant, University of Exeter were notching a 4-0 home triumph over Guildford to create a two point lead. Fareham’s 3-1 loss to Bournville opened the gap between the two sides to six points as Fareham prop the table and Bournville sit four points clear of the relegation play-offs. 

Women's Conference East
Ipswich’s return to the top of the Women’s Conference East table was short lived since they lost 1-0 at home against Harleston Magpies. They are, however, level on points with top side Sevenoaks who were unable to capitalise on Ipswich’s result with a win, instead being held to a 1-1 draw by Horsham. Dereham are now ten points adrift of safety at the bottom of the division after a 1-0 defeat at St. Albans. The Hertfordshire side moved six points clear of the relegation play-off place as a result. 

Women's Conference North
Sutton Coldfield, pound for pound top scorers in the EHL, recorded their twelfth win of the season with another high scoring result 6-1 away at Aldridge and Walsall. Goal machine Vicky Woolford netted four for her side during the victory and has nearly doubled the goal haul of the next highest scorer in the division. Loughborough Students remain in the chase for the championship two points behind in second following a 2-0 win over Wakefield Bradford. The bottom two sides at the beginning of the weekend Beeston and Belper both recorded valuable wins; Belper moved out of the relegation zone whilst Beeston moved up into the play-off place the expense of Aldridge & Walsall. Beeston have a game in hand with Wakefield Bradford scheduled for this weekend. 

Women's Conference West
Buckingham moved back into first position in Women’s Conference West following a 5-1 win over Exe. Isca University dropped into second following a surprise 1-0 loss at second bottom Staines. Catriona Bausor scored as early as the second minute and Isca had hoped to equalise in the 44th minute but Amy Sheehan saw her penalty stroke smartly saved by Jess Ross. Staines’ win drew them level on points with Exe in eighth position and increased their lead over bottom side Worcester to twelve. If Worcester fails to beat Exe this weekend they could be the first team condemned to relegation this season.

Men's Cup - Semi-Finals
The draw for the Men’s Cup semi-finals was made this morning for the fixtures to be played Sunday 20 March:

Doncaster v Cannock 
Hampstead and Westminster v Beeston 

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