HOCKEY Blueharts break Luton

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BY BILL COLWILL

A 5-0 thrashing of Luton Town on Saturday gave Blueharts the Norwich Union East Premier title, a victory that also rewarded the Hertfordshire side with one of the two remaining play-off places for next season's National League.

Dominic Camilleri, the Blueharts captain, gave his side a fine start with a fourth-minute goal, Andy Law hit a couple more and Bobby Bridges added a fourth before the interval to start early celebrations. Tim Le Sage completed the rout.

The play-off line-up was completed by Olton and West Warwick of the DTZ Midland League in spite of their first defeat in 35 League games since the arrival of Gavin Featherstone, the coach of South Africa.

Olton went into their game against Harborne knowing that if they could avoid a 4-0 defeat a play-off place was theirs for the second successive year. David Hemmings gave them the lead in the fifth minute, and although Harborne came back to win 3-1, it was not enough to edge Olton out.

In the Nastro Azzurro South Premier, Wycombe's captain Paul Brown scored his first goal of the season in the last seconds to give his side a 1- 0 win against Lyons, and the title.

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