Snow caused Ipswich to fall from first to fourth on a congested women’s Premier 1 points table following the latest round of English Hockey League matches over the weekend. In the men’s Premier 1 competition, Cannock maintained the lead at the top of the table with an easy win over Guildford.
With previous leaders Ipswich’s match at home to Harleston not played due to snow, Fyffes Leicester took advantage to move to the top of the Premier 1 women’s table. They did so in emphatic style, winning 4-0 at reigning champions Bowdon Hightown with all their goals coming in the second half including a brace for Helen Richardson.
Canterbury moved into second place after a six-point weekend, winning 1-0 at Clifton on Saturday and repeating the score against Doncaster on Sunday, although they left it late with Hayley Brown’s winner coming in the 69th minute.
This game only went ahead after a 30-strong working party cleared the pitch of five inches of snow with the help of a dumper truck.
Chelmsford won 6-0 at Doncaster on Saturday and the top four teams now have a five-point advantage over the rest.
Slough is fifth and their 3-0 win at Trojans came after the players had cleared the pitch of snow.
Olton, who are unbeaten since the break beat Sutton Coldfield 2-1 but will surely not make up the nine points they need to get into the top four.
Barry Middleton hit a hat-trick for Mens Premier 1 leaders Cannock who won 6-2 at Guildford including a five-goal blitz inside 15 minutes in the second half.
There was more good news for Cannock as second placed Reading were beaten for the second time in as many weeks, this time going down 2-1 at Chelmsford.
Third placed Loughborough won 4-0 at St Albans whilst Surbiton made up ground on fourth placed Guildford after beating Hampstead 3-2 with Matt Daly scoring a hat-trick of corners.
At the other end of the table 11th placed Teddington secured a fine 2-1 win at Canterbury but failed to make up ground on Firebrands who also enjoyed an excellent win on their travels, 3-2 at Old Loughtonians.
Women’s Premier 1 Results
Fyffes Leicester 4 defeated Bowdon Hightown 0
Goals: Fyffes Leicester - Helen Richardson FG 39m PC 42m, Rebecca Herbert FG 48m, Gemma Darrington FG 62m
Canterbury 1 defeated Clifton 0
Goals: Canterbury - Jen Wilson PC 40m
Chelmsford 6 defeated Doncaster 0
Goals: Chemlsford - Lynn Bollington FG 2m, Tracy Wilmore FG 5m, Lisa Wooding PC 9m, Chloe Rogers FG 16m, Becky Alltree FG 24m PC 52m
Olton & West Warwicks 2 defeated Sutton Coldfield 1
Goals: Olton & West Warwicks - Mandy Gatherer FG 9m, Lucilla Wright PC 22m; Sutton Coldfield - Laura Unsworth FG 35m
Slough 3 defeated Trojans 0
Goals: Slough - Chloe Strong PC 21m, Ali Lubbock PC 57m FG 60m
Men’s Premier 1 Results
Teddington 2 defeated Canterbury 1
Goals: Teddington - Daniel Shingles FG 45m, Mike Williamson FG 61m; Canterbury - Stewart Keir PC 53m
Chelmsford 2 defeated Reading 1
Goals: Chelmsford - Gareth Carr PC 16m, Jon Wilcox FG 32m; Reading - Andy Watts PC 16m
Cannock 6 defeated Guildford 2
Goals: Cannock - Barry Middleton PC 17m FG 45m FG 47m; Andrew Langlands FG 52m, Mike Johnson FG 59m, Richard Lane FG 60m; Guildford - Ian Jennings PC 13m, Danny Hall FG 65m
Firebrands 3 defeated Old Loughtonians 2
Goals: Firebrands - Simon Lanyon FG 21m FG 57m; Old Loughtonians - Alistair Kemp FG 24m
Loughborough Students 4 defeated St Albans 0
Goals: Loughborough - Joe Cowan FG 34m, Jon Bleby PS 61m, Ian Kibble FG 63m, Mike Brimblecombe PC 67m
Women’s Premier 1 Points Table
Fyffes Leicester 37pts
Bowdon Hightown 28
Olton & West Warwicks 26
Harelston Magpies 14*
Sutton Coldfield 0
* one game in hand
Men’s Premier 1 Points Table
Loughborough Students 32*
Hampstead & W 20
Old Loughtonians 20
St Albans 0
* one game in hand
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