Hockey: Two wins give Cannock the Premier title

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The Independent Online
By Bill Colwill

CANNOCK took advantage of Canterbury being held to a 2-2 draw by struggling Beeston on Saturday, to secure their second National Premier title with a convincing 5-1 win at Guildford yesterday. They also beat Teddington 2-0 on Saturday.

At the bottom, Doncaster made a gallant effort to avoid the drop with Colin Edwards scoring four times but with David Mathews also netting four the Kent side won 8-5. Barford Tigers, Beeston and Hounslow will be fighting it out to avoid the second relegation place.

In Division One Blueharts' 2-2 draw with Chelmsford and Gloucester City's 4-4 draw against Stourport were not enough to save them from the drop following Oxford Hawks' 4-1 win at Sheffield and St Albans' 2-0 win away to Firebrands. They join Warrington back in their regional leagues. Saints live to fight another day and Hawks go into the play-offs.

Tina Cullen, who hobbled off midway through the first half in the second of the two training internationals against Scotland at Lilleshall returned after the interval to score twice as England registered their second success over the Scots. Jane Sixsmith scored the goal which separated the sides on Saturday.