Hockey: Bronze medal eludes Slough

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SLOUGH finished a disappointing fourth in the women's European Indoor Club Championship in Russelsheim, Germany, when they lost the bronze medal match 5-3 to Club de Campo from Madrid yesterday.

Although never ahead, Slough were still in touch when Jane Smith scored her second goal from a corner to make it 3-4 with nine minutes left but a swift riposte by Maria Cruz Gonzalez settled the match.

On Saturday, Slough ensured a place in the semi-finals with a 6-0 win over Siauliai from Lithuania, Karen Brown scoring three, but went on to lose 7-2 to Eintracht Frankfurt, with both goals coming from Sam Wright.

Russelsheimer won the all-German final 7-4, with Britta Becker scoring four times for the winners. This was good news for Scotland because it kept them in the A division after Pauline Robertson scored four goals in the last place match to give Edinburgh a 5-2 win against Groningen from the Netherlands.

In the Premier Division of the women's National League Hightown ensured their survival with a 2-1 win over Trojans, who remain at the foot of the table, two points behind Doncaster, who drew at Sutton Coldfield.

Two goals by Sue Holwell helped Leicester to a 3-2 win against Loughborough Students, which keeps them five points ahead of Chelmsford in the First Division. Blueharts, who lost 2-0 to Woking, are relegated from the Second Division.

There were no matches in the Premier Division of the men's National League but in the First Division there were victories for the top three teams, Brooklands, Bournville and Surbiton.