Hockey: Harborne edge title by a goal

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HARBORNE won the Midland Indoor Club title on goal difference despite losing 4-3 to Stourport in the final game of the round-robin tournament at the Cocks Moor Woods Centre in Birmingham yesterday.

Harborne and Stourport both now qualify for the national indoor finals at Crystal Palace on 22 January. They join St Albans, the holders, Firebrands, Blackheath, East Grinstead, Welton and Old Loughtonians in this week's quarter-final draw.

Andy Bostock's goal for Harborne 10 seconds from the end of the game was enough to decide the title on a superior goal difference of just one.

Jas Chana, who had expected to be on his way to India with the England squad for the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tournament until its postponement because of the unsettled political situation, scored eight times for Barford Tigers in their 12-3 win against Edgbaston in their opening game of the tournament.

Barford then produced the day's first significant upset when they beat Stourport 4-3 in their second game, with Chana picking up another couple of goals, although he was guilty of missing a couple of penalty strokes which could have been crucial as Stourport fought back from 4-1 down with two late goals from David Knott.

Results, Sport in Short, page 23

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