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East Grinstead and Loughborough Students are locked…

together with identical records at the top of the Premier Division after four rounds of the Women’s Hockey League season.

East Grinstead knocked Surbiton off the summit with a 1-0 win, Hannah Cozens scoring the only goal from a 56th minute penalty corner to earn their first win at Surbiton in six visits.

Loughborough beat Buckingham 2-0, Lucy Millington scoring from open play in the 18th minute and Hannah Grieve adding the second from a penalty corner just before half time to go top of the table on their own for a couple of hours. 

Surbiton’s defeat saw them drop to third and they are likely to drop further next weekend when they have a bye week during which they were due to compete in the first Women’s Euro Hockey League before it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Both Clifton Robinsons and Hampstead & Westminster are a point behind Surbiton with a game in hand. Clifton won 3-0 at Swansea. Eloise Laity and Catherine Macaulay converted penalty corners in the 11th and 14th minutes respectively with Claire Thomas scoring their third from open play in the 49th minute. The defeat leaves Swansea bottom of the table with no points and still looking for their first goal of the season.

Hampstead won 3-1 at London rivals, Wimbledon. Hampstead led 2-0 at half time, Kate McCaw opening the scoring with a 12th minute field goal and Grace Balsdon doubling the lead from a penalty corner three minutes before the interval. Lucy Holder pulled a goal back for Wimbledon in the 44th minute, but McCaw restored Hampstead’s two goal advantage ten minutes later.

The University of Birmingham snapped a four game losing streak, but had to settle for a point in a goalless draw at home to Beeston. Birmingham have now failed to score in their last two games, whilst Beeston have kept two consecutive clean sheets.

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