Story – England Hockey
The battle for second spot and home advantage in the play-offs will go down to the last weekend of the regular season after Hampstead & Westminster and East Grinstead both secured away wins in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.
East Grinstead remain in the driving seat and two points clear of Hampstead & Westminster after picking up a 2-0 victory at Beeston.
Ellie Rayer opened the scoring in the 40th minute before Sophie Bray sealed the points from open play 15 minutes from time.
Hampstead & Westminster produced a good performance at Buckingham to win 1-0 and maintain their hopes of leap-frogging East Grinstead next weekend.
Lily Owsley netted the only goal of the game in the eighth minute when scored from a penalty corner.
Clifton Robinson were 1-0 winners of table toppers Surbiton to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation play-offs.
Kathryn Lane scored the only goal of the game from a penalty corner in the 41st minute to inflict a first defeat of the campaign on the home side.
Elsewhere Holcombe secured a 3-1 victory at home against the University of Birmingham in a battle of two sides still not safe from the drop.
Heather McEwan, Sarah Jones and Candice Manuel were all on the scoresheet for the home side while Rafaela Brandao-Lee scored the only goal for the away side.
Bottom of the league Bowdon Hightown secured a 1-0 victory at home against Loughborough Students.
Alex Lukin scored the winner from open play in the 42nd minute.