Hockey: Second chance for Hallam?

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Sheffield Hallam’s first team’s promotion hopes have received a boost after league leaders Bowdon dropped points against Durham University.

Bowdon could only draw 4-4 with the students, after being 3-0 down at half time.

They still lead the division, with Hallam in second after their match against Preston fell victim to the weather.

Hallam have 34 points - with the Preston game in hand - and they travel to Bowdon next Saturday for a promotion decider.

Hallam’s second team drew 1-1 with Newcastle University, and third place in North Division One is still a possibility after Harry Williams’ goal secured a share of the spoils.

Next weekend they have an away double header, against Kingston-upon-Hull on Saturday and Newcastle on Sunday.

The men’s third team suffered a gutwrenching 3-2 defeat against Sheffield University Bankers, their greatest rivals.

The fourths played out an entertaining 4-4 draw against York University, with the students nicking a draw with a last-gasp strike.

Hallam fifth’s game with Doncaster was a proverbial six-pointer, but both sides had to be content with a draw after a 3-3 scoreline.

This weekend, Hallam play Division 3 leaders Airedale at Abbeydale Park (3pm).

Hallam’s sixth side stayed top of Division 5 South thanks to a narrow 1-0 win at Leeds University.

With Roses and Slazengers both having games in hand, however, Hallam’s position at the summit is far from secure.

Hallam’s sevenths, meanwhile, lost 6-1 to Doncaster - the single reply coming from Alex Grant.

Hallam have three games left with two against Kingston-upon-Hull, and then one against bottom club Leeds Adel Carnegie.