University of Exeter close in on promotion
It is down-to-the-wire time for national and regional hockey league teams.
The last round of Davis Wood League matches take place this weekend while it is the penultimate round for the national Men's League, Investec Women's League and regional West Clubs Women's League.
As reported in last week's column, Exeter-based Isca have clinched a return to the Men's Hockey League in their centenary year.
Meanwhile, University of Exeter harbour hopes of promotion back to the national Men's League top flight.
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With two rounds remaining, the students are a point behind last day visitors Cardiff and UWIC as the Men's Conference West title chase looks certain to go the distance.
Cardiff edged back to the summit following back-to-back 3-1 home wins over Whitchurch and Cheltenham.
Exeter maintained their seven-match unbeaten run with a 4-2 home win over Whitchurch and two more goals for 11-goal top scorer Nick Cooper. Edwards Matts and Tom Samuel also scored to put the Greens 4-0 up before two late goals were conceded.
Exeter visit sixth-placed Havant on Saturday, while Cardiff host third-placed Guildford in a top of the table clash.
Isca University are on course to finish runners-up to runaway Women's Conference West champions Buckingham following a Stourport slip-up by Southampton side Trojans.
Isca soared to second following a 6-0 win at Staines while Trojans lost 2-1 at Stourport.
With Trojans hosting unbeaten Buckingham on Sunday, the door opens for Isca, who host eighth-placed Barnes Hounslow and Ealing, to cement second spot.
Top scoring skipper Claire Thomas (two), Carla Dunnett, Taryn Beuthin, Zoe Burrell and Julia Blackstock scored at Staines, where all the Isca University goals came in the second half.
Isca host BHE at the University of Exeter Sports Park at 12.30pm on Sunday. Admission is free to see Isca University's last home league game of the season.
West Clubs Women's League leaders Exe are one win away from a quick return to the Women's Conference West following a 3-1 home win over Team Bath Buccaneers and a 3-3 draw at Lydney.
Exe are four points ahead of second-placed Cheltenham heading into Saturday's penultimate game of the season at relegation-haunted Plymouth Marjon (midday).
Plymouth remain three points above the bottom three following a win at Bournemouth, thanks to Carmen Ansley's last-minute winner.