Hockey sights set high
Chelmsford II 2, Dereham Ladies 3Dereham maintained their National Hockey League promotion challenge despite a below-par Women's East League performance at Chelmsford II.
Chelmsford II 2, Dereham Ladies 3
Dereham maintained their National Hockey League promotion challenge despite a below-par Women's East League performance at Chelmsford II.
The visitors struggled for long periods and were twice behind on a wet surface but eventually came through to keep the pressure firmly on main rivals Holcombe.
With Canterbury II not eligible for promotion it's a straight fight between Dereham, Holcombe and Maidstone in the East League Premier Division - and if Dereham win their final five games they will go up, no matter what happens elsewhere.
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On Saturday, Sam Skelton and Holly Allen hit the target to cancel out earlier efforts from Chelmsford before, with just three minutes remaining, Allen fired home a crucial third for the visitors.
The only downside of the weekend for Dereham was the decision to forfeit their National Cup quarter-final at Trojans.
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The club opted not to make the long journey down to Southampton on Sunday as a variety of issues had left them with a depleted squad that would have had little chance against a National League outfit.