On the last week of the season, with the destination of all eight EHL titles confirmed, and all the teams facing automatic relegation knowing their fate, attention turned to the race to reach or avoid the EHL Play-offs. This was compounded by some unseasonably late snow on Sunday which caused the postponement of a number of men’s games, fortunately none with a bearing on this weekend’s play-offs at Chelmsford. Details of re-arrangements will follow.
In the Womens Premier Division Poytnon, who have been in the bottom two of the league since the start of the season, escaped at the death with a 1-0 defeat of Chelmsford. Katie Maltman scored the crucial goal which sees Poynton survive at the expense of Chelmsford with the team’s level on points but the Mancunian side had a superior goal difference of just +2. For Chelmsford this means that they will take part in the play-offs which will be held at Chelmer Park. Elsewhere in the Division; champions Slough received the winner’s trophy but were also on the receiving end of a 7-2 defeat by last season’s champions Leicester who were boosted by the return of international players including Helen Richardson who scored twice, and Hannah McLeod who hit a hat-trick. Second placed Bowdon Hightown beat Ipswich 9-2 to end the season just a point behind Slough. Tina Cullen scored five of their goals to take her individual tally past 300. Canterbury were also in scoring mood beating relegated Old Loughtonians 7-1 and Olton beat Clifton 3-1.
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