Indian Gymkhana continued their habit of taking points off the leading clubs when they held Southgate, the overnight leaders, to a 1-1 draw. After an early goal for Gymkhana from Kulbir Bhaura, Southgate fought back but found the Australian goalkeeper, Gerry Pearce, in confident mood.
In freezing conditions in Bristol, third-placed Havant dropped further points in a 1-1 draw with Firebrands. Don Williams scored his first League goal of the season to put the visitors in front, but a 13th- minute penalty corner from Richard Purchase pegged the Hampshire side back.
Fourth-placed Cannock could manage no more than a goalless draw at home to Canterbury and Teddington also dropped points, drawing at home to Old Loughtonians, a 68th-minute penalty stroke from Phil McGuire cancelling out Neil Barker's goal.
Goals from Gareth Notton and Jon Molloy saw the Second Division leaders, Surbiton, to a 2-0 win against Sheffield. Guildford, with two goals from their leading scorer, Ian Jennings, beat Brooklands 2-1 to hold on to second place. The day's only hat-trick came from Harborne's Des Betts in their
4-4 draw at Beeston.
In the Women's National League, the champions Ipswich found their form to thrash the Premier leaders, Balsam Leicester, 4-1 and close the gap at the top to two points. Their goals came from Tracy Fry, Sandie Lister and Sarah Bamfield.
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