Hallam relish visit of Bolton

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The entire Yorkshire league hockey programme was wiped out by the snow and freezing weather last weekend and this weekend may not be much better according to the forecasters.

In the North region one match in Carlisle survived, and nationally things were not much better with the entire national indoor programme cancelled due to travel problems.

Should games go ahead this weekend Sheffield Hallam women’s first team will be relishing the visit of second-bottom club Bolton to Abbeydale Park (1.30pm start).

The top end of the Women’s North Premier Division could come down to goal difference, with Kendal three points ahead of Hallam with a game in hand.

Hallam seconds have had a rocky start to the new year losing both of their matches to date against Yorks Premier Division top team Hull and second place Ben Rhydding.

They have dropped to fourth but with nine games to go have played the top three twice.

They should revel in fixtures against the bottom end clubs, while the top three all have to play each other again.

This week seventh-placed Leeds await Hallam in Leeds.

Hallam thirds are second bottom of division two and have a bit of work to do in their remaining eight matches if they are to avoid the drop.

They are four points adrift of third bottom Leeds University but have played more games than the teams around.

Free-scoring teenager Jemima Board, however, along with youngster Maddie Pearce, could prove the difference.