Exe look poised for rapid return to Women's Conference West
Exeter-based Exe can clinch the West Clubs Women's Hockey League title with a win against Plymouth Marjon tonight at University of St Mark and St John (7.15pm).
Exe – relegated from the England Hockey League last season – are poised for a quick return to Women's Conference West.
Tonight's fixture has been quickly organised following the 42nd-minute abandonment of last Saturday's scheduled Premier One meeting due to a heavy thunder and hail storm, with Exe leading 2-0.
The league leaders are a point ahead of title rivals Cheltenham with tonight's game in hand.
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An Exe success this evening would mean that Cheltenham – who beat sixth-placed Yate 4-0 in their penultimate Premier One match – cannot catch the leaders.
In the final round of matches, Exe are set to host relegated basement side Bristol University next Saturday at St Peter's School (12.30pm) while Cheltenham face a tricky south coast trip to last season's runners-up Bournemouth.
Yeovil and Sherborne have clinched promotion to the West Clubs Women's top flight after winning Premier 2B before their final game of the season at home basement side Taunton Vale seconds.
Bude have clinched promotion to Premier 2 as South Division champions following a 5-3 win over fourth-placed Falmouth, the north Cornwall club's sixth successive win on the run-in.
A 21st goal of the season for free-scoring skipper Claire Thomas and Taryn Beuthin's 12th goal from open play helped Isca University secure the Women's Conference West runners-up spot following a 2-1 home win over visitors Barnes Hounslow Ealing.
Isca University will travel to Swansea City on Saturday assured of second place as rivals Trojans lost 6-2 at home to runaway champions Buckingham.
As widely anticipated, the Men's Conference West title race will go to the wire and Sunday's varsity hockey clash between University of Exeter and Cardiff and UWIC.
Exeter will start the day in second place, a point behind leaders Cardiff following penultimate round wins for both teams.
Cardiff beat third-placed Guildford 2-0, while Exeter extended their unbeaten streak to eight matches – since a 2-1 mid-November defeat at Cardiff – with a 4-1 win at sixth-placed Havant.
Nick Cooper's first-half double took his goal tally to 13 for the term as Exeter swept into a 3-0 half-time lead. Samuel Ward and Josh Godfrey were also on target for the Greens.
All hockey roads will lead to the University Sports Park on Sunday, where hundreds of Exeter students are expected to cheer on the home side. The eagerly-awaited title decider will start at 2pm.
Promoted Exeter side Isca clinched the men's regional Davis Wood Hockey League championship title with a final-day 2-1 home win over University of Exeter B and goals for Harry Skinner and 23-goal top scorer Jon Wright.