Beeston picked up three points at Buckingham with a 1-0 win, Courtney Schonell netting the winner from open play after 26 minutes.

Elsewhere, a Sophie Bray hat-trick helped East Grinstead secure a 6-0 win at Loughborough Students and leapfrog Hampstead & Westminster into second place in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

The victory leaves East Grinstead in the driving seat in their bid to clinch home advantage for the play-offs, but with two matches remaining in the regular season that could yet change.

Bray netted the first of her goals in only the third minute to get the away side off to a good start, and Ellie Rayer, Cathy Nicholson and Tess Howard also found themselves on the scoresheet as East Grinstead secured three points for the tenth time this season.

Table toppers Surbiton added another three points to their impressive points tally, winning 3-2 at Hampstead & Westminster to drop their rivals down to third.

Hannah Martin and Eloise Stenner made it 2-0 after only five minutes before Hampstead battled back to level the scores with goals from Fran Tew and Melanie Wilkinson.

Georgie Twigg netted the winner for the away side from a penalty corner in the 52nd minute.

Elsewhere the University of Birmingham secured a 2-0 win at Bowdon Hightown, which condemns Bowdon to relegation from the top flight.

Rosie Henderson gave the away side the lead in the 32nd minute before Lauren Hunt bagged the second in the final minute of play.

Holcombe and Clifton Robinsons drew 1-1 with Phoebe Richards scoring for Clifton Robinsons while Alice Will was on the scoresheet for Holcombe.