All the ups and downs in the Men’s Hockey Leagues after several final day battles
Division 1 North
Cardiff & Met created history at the weekend by becoming the first Welsh men’s side to reach the Premier Division.
A hat-trick from Jack Pritchard set the ball rolling in a 6-2 victory for the history makers over Belper before rounding of their season in seventh heaven against Deeside Ramblers.
At the bottom, Barford Tigers and Belper are relegated, with the former beating the latter 3-1 at the weekend.
Division 1 South
Isca & University of Exeter 2are promoted back to the top flight after a decade away from the Men’s Premier Division following a superb season. University of Bristol and Oxford Hawks are demoted.
Harborne sealed the title before the last round of matches. Lichfield and Loughborough Town are relegated.
Leeds and Timperley went head-to-head in the final match of the season to decide the league title. Leeds held a three-point lead and a healthy goal difference over their visitors and a 2-2 draw left them celebrating promotion. Meanwhile, Didsbury Northern and Preston are demoted.
Richmond clung on to win the East title and reach Division 1 hockey next season. David Goodfield’s side just beat Indian Gymkhana 4-3 as rivals Spencer thudded in seven to beat Wapping. A late Gymkhana goal would have given Spencer the title.
Meanwhile, a nerve-shredding weekend at the bottom saw Wapping and Oxford University relegated.
Havant bagged Division 1 hockey for 2023/24. Welsh clubs Cardiff University and Cardiff & Met 2 are both relegated.
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