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Hockey: Guildford failure hits Loughborough hard

Guildford are no friends of the Students of Loughborough University after a disastrous weekend for English Indoor Hockey in Copenhagen, when they lost England's place in the B Division of the Club Championship.

The result is that Students, this season's English champions, will have to contest the C Division next year. The Surrey club, who last year lost England's A Division place, lost all their games, finishing bottom after a 6-5 defeat to the Ukrainian side Kolos Vinnitsa.

East Grinstead opened their new £1.5mfacility in style yesterday when a Great Britain team featuring nine of the 1988 Olympic Gold medal side came from behind to beat Bataverians, based on the Dutch 1992 Barcelona Olympic squad, 5-4. In an exhibition match of precision hockey, Imran Sherwani and Don Williams each scored twice after an opening goal from Grinstead's chairman, Richard Leman.

Slough consolidated their position at the top of the Women's Premier with a 4-1 win at Trojans on Saturday and then moved into the semi-final draw of the EH Cup yesterday with a 3-2 win at Ipswich. Jane Smith scored all three goals. Canterbury beat Olton and West Warwick 1-0 and Trojans knocked out Hightown by the same score. Doncaster, 2-0 winners at home to Liverpool Quilter, complete the draw.

In the men's Premier, high-flying Cannock beat Hampstead 12-2. Reading, 6-4 winners against Doncaster, stay in second place.