Sheffield Hallam Civica took the honours in the South Yorkshire derby against Doncaster but both teams are still locked in the battle for the championship.
Goals from Alex Humphries, Will Hearne and Tristan Gilbody earned the Abbeydale side a 3-0 win to topple Doncaster off top spot in the EHL Men’s North Conference.
Now the destiny of the title and a place in the promotion play-off rests on the remaining three fixtures for both clubs plus leaders Durham University and it couldn’t be tighter. Civica travel to fourth-place Leek on Saturday, welcome bottom club Ben Rhydding to Abbeydale the following Saturday and finish with a trip to fourth bottom Belper.
Doncaster entertain Barford Tigers this weekend, followed by an away-day at Deeside Ramblers and then end with a home clash against Olton & West Warwicks while
Durham face mid-table Deeside Ramblers, travel to Olton & West Warwicks and then host struggling Harborne.
A Kath Hughes hat-trick highlighted Sheffield Hallam Ladies 4-0 win over Durham University. Sophie Elsworth had opened the scoring from a penalty corner after eight minutes and Hughes bagged her first 10 minutes before the break as she deflected home another penalty corner. She helped herself to another two minutes into the second half and three minutes later completed her triple with a tap-in. The win maintained their fourth place in the North Women’s League Premier Division.
With six games left, they have two to play against current leaders on goal difference, Ben Rhydding, the first of which is the away fixture this Saturday.