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Sutton Coldfield women secure return to England Hockey Premier Division

Sutton Coldfield are back in the Women’s Premier Division for the first time in a decade after winning the Division One North title with two matches left to play.

Their celebrations were realised on Sunday when they ended the weekend seven points clear of Buckingham.

They beat Olton & West Warwickshire 5-2 on Saturday — both clubs were relegated from the top flight in 2013/14 — while Buckingham could only win one point from a possible six in their double header weekend following their EuroHockey indoor campaign. 

They drew 2-2 with Gloucester City and lost 4-1 to Durham University on Sunday.

It’s tight at the bottom, with Stourport, Wakefield and Swansea, propping up the table, separated by two points.

Barnes and Holcombe play each other this weekend in a possible title decider in Division One South.

Barnes hold a one-point lead over Holcombe, with Surbiton 2 leading the division but the 1s already in the top flight. Team Bath Buccaneers are three points adrift of Canterbury at the bottom of the table.

Pendle Forest secured the Conference North title with a 3-0 win over Durham University at the weekend to record the small club’s biggest achievement to date.

They now hold a nine-point, unassailable lead over Leeds and Fylde and their promotion is thought to be the highest position a Lancashire side has achieved.

1sts beat Durham Uni 3-0!!.. hat trick for Freya!! 💪🏼🏑😍

Posted by Pendle Forest Hockey on Sunday, March 10, 2024

Meanwhile, at the foot of Conference North, Timperley are three points clear of Brooklands-Poynton.

In Conference West, it’s looking set for two Bristol sides in the top flight next season.

Bristol Firebrands lead the table by four points over Exeter by six points (with Clifton Robinsons 2 in second four points back from Firebrands). Fareham and Basingtoke are locked on seven points apiece at the bottom.

Repton hold a one-point advantage over St Albans at the Conference Midlands summit, with Cambridge City a further point back with two games left to play this season.

And in Conference East, Guildford opened up a five-point gap over London Wayfarers. Guildford drew 1-1 with Old Loughtonians on Saturday, while Wayfarers’ title hopes were severely dented after going down 2-1 at home to Hampstead & Westminster 2s.

Further afield, Marlow secured National League status with three games to spare. It followed a 6-1 win over Maidenhead in South Central Women’s Premier Division 1.

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