Holcombe claim last play-off spot in dramatic fashion with victory at Clifton

by HWC member Mike Haymonds via the Daily Express
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

HOLCOMBE clinched the final play-off place in the Investec Premier Division with a 3-2 win at Clifton with goals from Emily Maguire, Nicola White and Sarah Jones. The hopes of the other contenders East Grinstead were ended after a 2-1 home defeat by the bottom club Buckingham who, despite the win, are relegated.

Bowdon Hightown avoided automatic relegation, recovering from a 3-2 deficit to win 5-3 at Reading, and face next month’s relegation/promotion play-offs with the Conference champions Slough, Wakefield and Sutton Coldfield.

League winners Surbiton’s 2-0 victory over Leicester ended their second season with an unbeaten league record which has reached 40 games dating back to February 2014.

At the championship play-offs Surbiton play Holcombe while Canterbury meet University of Birmingham.

One of the men’s cup semi-finals produced a major shock when Chichester from the Conference West beat second placed Premier club Surbiton 1-0 with a goal from Tom McCarthy. The winners successfully defended 14 penalty corners, helped by an inspired performance by their Polish goalkeeper Macieja “Magic” Pacanowskiego.

Chichester captain Kieran Hann said: “We were massive underdogs but we really wanted to prove that getting this far wasn’t a fluke. Magic is an outstanding goalkeeper. Whenever we concede a penalty corner he lights up because he knows it’s a chance for him to excel. We all rally round him and his performance definitely spurred us on.”

In the final Chichester meet Premier team Beeston, who will be gunning for a fifth cup-final success after beating City of Peterborough 5-1.