Hockey: Hampstead & Westminster women promoted to Premier
PUBLISHED: 13:30 14 April 2019 | UPDATED: 18:45 14 April 2019
Hampstead & Westminster women clinched promotion to the Investec League Premier Division with a 7-1 win over Stourport at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis centre on Sunday.
Having won the East Conference title, they began their play-off quest with a 2-1 loss to Slough in Nottingham a weekend earlier.
But they kept their hopes alive with a tense 1-0 win over Loughborough Students on Saturday, thanks to a late Lucy Hyams goal, and took an early lead against Stourport as Mel Wilkinson netted from a penalty corner.
Wilkinson doubled the advantage after a good move from another corner and Jasmine Clark made it 3-0 from open play.
But Stourport hit back towards the end of the first half from a corner of their own to give Hampstead coaches Kate Richardson-Walsh and Sarah Kelleher something to think about during the break.
Hampstead restored their three-goal cushion soon after the restart as former GB international Emily Maguire netted from a penalty corner.
And the Olympic bronze medallist repeated the trick to make it 5-1, before captain Hayley Turner netted number six with 10 minutes remaining.
Kate McCaw made it seven late on and that meant Hampstead, who are celebrating their 125th anniversary this season, finished top of the four-team group above Loughborough, who are also promoted after beating Slough 3-0 in their final match in the round-robin.
And the club’s men will look to make it a double celebration as they take on Surbiton in their final, looking to avenge a penalty shuffles defeat from last year.