Hockey: Ruling hurts Hightown

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HIGHTOWN, the Premier leaders, became the first casualty of the policy not to allow Olympic training squad players to play in the National Cups when they were beaten 4-3 by Hampton in Arden from the Second Division in yesterday's Fifth Round tie with a Vicki Watts golden goal two minutes into extra time.

Reading, the men's Premier leader accounted for Guildford 4-2 to march into the semi finals. In the other ties, below- strength Cannock lost 3-0 to Canterbury while Premier sides came through in the other two ties, Old Loughtonians 7-0 at East Grinstead and Southgate 4-3 against Barford Tigers.

On Saturday, Reading trounced Guildford 7-3 while Canterbury, beat Southgate 3-2.