Hockey: Harvie vital for Students

LOUGHBOROUGH STUDENTS lost their 100 per cent record last weekend when they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Ealing. But they still lead the Women's National League Division One by one point from tomorrow's visitors, Old Loughtonians, and are the only team in any of the leagues not to have tasted defeat this season.

Both these young sides have been in form this year and are almost certain to contest the one promotion place, with the edge possibly going to Loughtonians - whose player-coach, the former England defender Clare Harvie, is so influential.

Students bounced back from that draw last Saturday to knock the Premier Division side Olton & West Warwick out of the Cup on Sunday with two goals from Joanne Duff. They then beat Nottingham 11-0 in the BUSA Halifax League on Wednesday.

There are crucial games at both ends of the Premier Division tomorrow, with new leaders Hightown at Fyffes Leicester, whom they displaced last weekend. At the bottom, Doncaster entertain Chelmsford.