Hockey: Reading in doldrums

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In a weekend of major surprises four previous cup winners exited in the fifth round of the EHA Cup. It was particularly bleak for Reading, last season's league champions, who went down 3-2 to Teddington in Saturday's league game and yesterday went out of the cup. After Scott Ashdown had given them a second-minute lead at Barford Tigers they were struck down with a goal in each half from Dharminder Singh.

Hounslow and Southgate also said farewell to this season's competition, Hounslow going down 4-2 at Canterbury while Southgate lost 3-2 to Beeston.

Cannock will have been one of the few clubs to have really enjoyed the double-banked weekend. A 6-2 win against Guildford kept them one point ahead of Southgate at the top of the Premier League and they came from behind yesterday to beat Old Loughtonians 4-3 to go into the quarter-finals of the Cup.