Vital European and domestic matches this Easter

[img_assist|nid=6349|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=99|height=100]ENGLAND, March 28 – England’s hockey teams are facing some vital matches this week – some are fighting for European glory, while others are battling at the sharp end of the Investec Women’s Hockey League season.

The winners of last season’s Investec Women’s Hockey League Championship, Leicester travel to Hamburg to compete in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup.

They face Larensche MHC in their opening match on Good Friday, and will play another three matches throughout the Easter weekend.

For ECCC results see here.

Meanwhile, back in England there are also some crucial matches for teams in the Investec Women’s Hockey League.

Olton and West Warwickshire play host to the University of Birmingham in a crucial relegation derby in the Investec Premier Division on Saturday.

The match was originally postponed last weekend because of the heavy snow, and a three-goal victory for Olton would see them escape the relegation play-off at the expense of the students.

Leicester’s now crucial postponed match with Slough is rearranged to Saturday 6 April as they are in Europe this weekend. Reading play Sutton Coldfield on Saturday.

In the Investec Conference North, Beeston played Whitley Bay and Tynemouth on Tuesday evening and a 2-0 win meant they won the title for the second successive season and secured their place in the promotion play-offs.

Cannock defeated University of Durham 2-0 on Wednesday evening to keep alive their hopes of avoiding automatic relegation.  Meanwhile, ninth-placed Liverpool Sefton are in action on Good Friday at Wakefield Bradford.

Elsewhere, the last few rescheduled matches in the Investec Conference East go ahead this week.

Chelmsford’s re-arranged game vs Old Loughtonians on Wednesday night was again postponed. Horsham go to Oxford Hawks on Thursday, and St Albans travel to Bromley and Beckenham on Saturday.

Wimbledon have conceded their game with Ipswich as have Stourport in the Investec Conference West, who were due to travel to Buckingham.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Wednesday, March 27 2013)

Investec Conference East

Chelmsford v Old Loughtonians  – postponed

Investec Conference North

Univ of Durham 0 Cannock 2

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Thursday, March 28 2013)

 Investec Conference East

Oxford Hawks v Horsham 19:45

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Friday, March 29 2013)

Investec Conference North

Wakefield Bradford v Liverpool Sefton 18:00

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, March 30 2013)

Investec Premier Division

Olton & West Warwicks v Univ of Birmingham 10:30

Reading v Sutton Coldfield

Investec Conference East

Bromley & Beckenham v St Albans 13:00

Investec Conference North

Loughborough Students v Doncaster tbc