Hockey: Hacker shows cutting edge

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DAVE HACKER converted two penalty strokes while Rob Thompson scored from a penalty corner to earn the champions, Hounslow, a 3-0 home win against Welton and take them two points clear in the Pizza Express National League First Division.

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.

Results, Sporting Digest, page 31