The battle for the fourth and final play-off spot will go down to the last matches of the regular season after a thrilling set of results in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.
Wimbledon gave themselves a lifeline by beating hosts Beeston 3-0, and with other top flight matches throwing up some unexpected results there are now five teams gunning for the last play-off place.
Jack Waller put Wimbledon a goal to the good in the first half before Chad Conlon and Ed Horler added to the score to leave his side with hope of post-season hockey.
The other results on the day meant Beeston secured the third place in the league and qualify for the play-off finals at Lee Valley on Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th April.
Reading could also still scrape into the play-offs after a 5-2 win at the University of Exeter.
Craig Falconer and Peter Scott put Reading 2-1 up at the half, while James Thomas scored for the University of Exeter. Reading extended their lead after the break with Jack Clee and Fred Newbold both finding the net before Sam Hooper replied with a consolation for the hosts.
Surbiton assured themselves of playing in the Eurohockey League next season with an 8-1 win over bottom of the table Sevenoaks.
Arjan Drayton Chana and Alan Forsyth put them 2-0 up at the half, but Forsyth fired past the Sevenoaks keeper twice more after the break whilst Will Marshall bagged himself a brace and Tom Sorsby and Sam Spencer added the rest for Surbiton.
Andrew Ross scored a consolation goal for Sevenoaks.
A win for East Grinstead would have seen them secure the last play-off spot but they lost to Hampstead & Westminster.
Richard Smith put Hampstead up after three minutes, and it stayed that way until Liam Ansell replied for East Grinstead. However, Rupert Shipperley’s last minute strike saw Hampstead & Westminster take the game 2-1.
Holcombe failed to capitalise on that news, drawing 1-1 with Brooklands MU.
Harry Trusler scored for Holcombe before being pegged back in the second half by a Peter Flanagan penalty corner. Both sides remain in contention for the playoffs.