HAWKER SWOOPS TO SEAL WELSH DERBY

england hockey league logo Cardiff & UWIC warmed up for Sunday’s top of the table EHL Men’s Conference West clash by edging a 1-0 win over cross-city rivals Whitchurch at Sophia Gardens last night.

Luke Hawker’s eighth minute goal against the run of early play was all that separated Wales’ top two teams as Cardiff soared to second ahead of Sunday's home game against runaway leaders Team Bath Buccaneers (Welsh Institute of Sport, 1300).

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WOMENS CONFERENCE WEST ROUND-UP

investec women's hockey league logoGloucester City, Firebrands and Swansea profited from back to back Women’s Conference West wins.

Swansea’s double keeps them within a point of leaders Buckingham, Gloucester moved up to third while Brands – who have a games in hand on most of their rivals – soared up to fifth, moving four points clear of sixth placed Barnes Hounslow Ealing.

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BUCCS READY FOR 11 PLUS

england hockey league logoTeam Bath Buccaneers extending their England Hockey League winning run to 11 matches following yesterday’s 6-1 win Men’s Conference West win over Lichfield.

Tom Alsop (15, 55 mins), Tim Davenport (24 pc, 70 pc) Phillip Ball (33 pc) and skipper Matt Ruxton (49 pc) were on target for the runaway leaders, who are set to visit Cardiff & UWIC on Sunday (1300).

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SEVEN-UP FOR BUCCS AND BUCKS

england hockey board logoTeam Bath Buccaneers opened up a seven-point lead at the England Hockey League Men’s Conference West summit following yesterday’s 1-0 win at Havant.

Johnny Kinder scored the 56th minute winner as Buccs prospered on the south coast following the Saturday postponement of the rest of the men’s EHL weekend programme.

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SIDMOUTH HOCKEY CROWD-PLEASER

Charlie Please swept in a late winner as Sidmouth upset the form book to record a 3-2 floodlit South One win over second placed Ashmoor in the Davis Wood Hockey League last night.

The win hoists Sidmouth to seventh above Bridgwater, who visit Minehead in a Somerset derby on Saturday (West Somerset Leisure Centre 1330).

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SOMERSET ACE ROOFS GB WINNER

somerset hockey star simon mantell Somerset’s Simon Mantell was the match-winner as Great Britain beat Pakistan 2-1 in their Champions Trophy opener in Auckland, New Zealand.

Reading forward Mantell roofed the winning 65th minute goal after East Grinstead’s Mark Pearn cancelled out Muhammad Imran’s first half opener.

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