Hampstead & Westminster stayed perfect in the Vitality Women’s Premier Division while two Men’s Premier Division high-flyers shone on a thrilling weekend of action.

Loughborough Students produced a spirited comeback against Hampstead & Westminster but the Vitality Women’s Premier Division table-toppers still managed to prevail 3-2 to make it seven wins from seven, while East Grinstead also won but Wimbledon were held to a draw.

Meanwhile, in the Men’s Premier Division a sixth victory in a row for Wimbledon ended Old Georgians’ unbeaten start to the season and allowed Surbiton to go back to the summit after a comfortable win of their own.

Plus, we wrap up all the Division One and Conferences action, including a top-of-the-table East Midlands derby in the Men’s Division One North.

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League leaders Hampstead & Westminster withstood a second-half fightback from Loughborough Students to prevail 3-2 in the Vitality Women's Premier Division.

Melanie Wilkinson opened the scoring for the visitors after 11 minutes before two further strikes in two minutes from Lucy Hyams, scoring for the fourth game in a row, and Fran Tew extended their advantage to 3-0.

But Loughborough responded just before the break through Beth Alexander and pulled another one back on 45 minutes thanks to Catherine Ledesma from a penalty corner.

Hampstead & Westminster managed to hold their nerve though and see the rest of the match out, ensuring they made it seven wins from seven to remain at the summit of the division.

Elsewhere, Wimbledon lost ground on the leaders after they were held to a 1-1 draw by University of Birmingham following a tight-fought contest at Raynes Park.

Hollie Pearne-Webb had given the hosts the lead at half-time with her effort in the 31st minute but University of Birmingham struck back through captain Millie Giglio to share the spoils.

East Grinstead kept up their title challenge with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Holcombe as second-half goals from Sophie Bray and Chloe Palmer got the job done.

Surbiton were also in impressive form as a first-half brace from Sophie Hamilton and another goal from Holly Payne saw the visitors romp to a 3-0 win at Swansea.

And Beeston went one better as they put four goals past Buckingham to triumph 4-0, with Sophie Robinson notching a double along with goals from Mads Newitt and Lucy Millington.

Beeston 4-0 Buckingham

Holcombe 0-2 East Grinstead

Loughborough Students 2-3 Hampstead & Westminster

Swansea 0-3 Surbiton

Wimbledon 1-1 University of Birmingham

Division One North

Leaders Bowdon Hightown maintained their 100 per cent record in Division One North as they overcame Belper 3-1 thanks to goals from Cat Booth, Sophia Crawshay and Charlene Mason. University of Nottingham bounced back from their first dropped points of the season last time out with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Ben Rhydding. Meanwhile, Gloucester City clinched a much-needed 2-1 victory over Olton & West Warwicks, Stourport edged out Leicester City by the same 2-1 scoreline and University of Durham eased to a 3-0 win over Brooklands Poynton.

Ben Rhydding 0-4 University of Nottingham

Bowdon Hightown 3-1 Belper

Durham University 3-0 Brooklands Poynton

Leicester City 1-2 Stourport

Olton & West Warwicks 1-2 Gloucester City

Division One South

In Division One South, Sevenoaks and Reading followed up their thrilling 3-3 draw last time out with comprehensive victories against Cambridge and Trojans, respectively. Ellie Emo, Jen Crossley, Tess Hannah and Beth Marriott all got on the scoresheet for Reading as they eased to a 4-0 victory against Trojans while Maddie Thompson grabbed a brace in a 4-1 triumph for Sevenoaks. Elsewhere, Canterbury claimed a 3-1 win at ISCA, Slough overcame Wimbledon 2s 3-0 while Surbiton 2s delivered a five-star display as they beat 

Harleston Magpies 5-0.

Canterbury 3-1 Isca

Sevenoaks 4-1 Cambridge City

Slough 3-0 Wimbledon 2s

Surbiton 2s 5-0 Harleston Magpies

Trojans 0-4 Reading

Conference East

There are new league leaders in the Conference East as Barnes took advantage of a thrilling 3-3 draw between former table-toppers London Wayfarers and Southgate. Barnes defeated East London 4-1 to leapfrog London Wayfarers at the top. At the other end of the table, Ipswich picked up a valuable 1-0 win against fellow strugglers Chelmsford as Canterbury were defeated 6-0 by a ruthless Bromley & Beckenham. Hampstead & Westminster 2s also got back to winning ways with a 2-0 triumph over Horsham.

Bromley & Beckenham 6-0 Canterbury 2s

Chelmsford 0-1 Ipswich

East London 1-4 Barnes

Hampstead & Westminster 2s 2-0 Horsham

London Wayfarers 3-3 Southgate

Conference Midlands

Front-runners Sutton Coldfield showed no signs of slowing down as they eased to an emphatic 8-0 win over University of Birmingham 2s to retain their record as the only unbeaten side in the Conference Midlands. In-form Bedford were unable to keep up the pace behind the leaders as their game with Broxbourne was postponed, allowing St Albans to move into second with their 3-2 win over Oxford University. Meanwhile, Beeston 2s defeated Khalsa Leamington 3-1 and Cannock bounced back from their defeat last time out to win 3-0 against Loughborough Students 2s.

Bedford P-P Broxbourne

Cannock 3-0 Loughborough Students 2s

Khalsa Leamington 1-3 Beeston 2s

St Albans 3-2 Oxford University

Sutton Coldfield 8-0 University of Birmingham

Conference North

League leaders Timperley suffered their second consecutive defeat as they followed up their loss to Durham University 2s with a 3-2 defeat to Pendle Forest in the Conference North. Fylde took advantage of that slip-up with a comfortable 3-0 win over Neston to close the gap at the summit. Wakefield also remain on the heels of the leaders after extending their unbeaten run to four games with a 2-0 triumph against Doncaster. Elsewhere, Leeds beat Alderley Edge 3-1 and Didsbury Northern overcame Durham University 2s 4-3 in an enthralling encounter.

Alderley Edge 1-3 Leeds

Didsbury Northern 4-3 University of Durham 2s

Fylde 3-0 Neston

Pendle Forest 3-2 Timperley

Wakefield 2-0 Doncaster

Conference West

Bristol Firebrands were held to a 1-1 draw by Exe as Witney leapfrogged them at the top of the Conference West with a 4-2 victory over Basingstoke. Meanwhile, Team Bath Buccaneers claimed bragging rights over local rivals University of Bristol with a 4-3 win, Oxford Hawks showed no mercy as they defeated Clifton Robinsons 2s 4-0 and Penarth overcame Cheltenham 2-1 to claim their first win of the season.

Basingstoke 2-4 Witney

Exe 1-1 Bristol Firebrands

Oxford Hawks 4-0 Clifton Robinsons 2s

Penarth 2-1 Cheltenham

University of Bristol 3-4 Team Bath Buccs

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Wimbledon continued their winning streak in the Men’s Premier Division with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over fellow high-flyers Old Georgians.

Old Georgians entered the weekend top of the table on goal difference but Wimbledon handed them a first defeat of the season to make it six victories on the spin since their opening-day defeat to Hampstead & Westminster.

Ed Horler fired the Dons into the lead on 17 minutes and they eventually sealed the deal a minute from time when Mikey Hoare netted from a penalty corner.

Old Georgians and Surbiton have been trading top spot between them over the past few weeks and the south-west London side took advantage of their rivals’ slip up to climb back to the summit with a convincing victory over University of Exeter.

The university side are still seeking their first point this season and were outclassed 7-0 by the new leaders as Luke Taylor netted a brilliant hat-trick.

There were also two goals apiece from Ben Park and Rob Farrington as the hosts made it a magnificent seven.

East Grinstead are also still looking for a first win as they went down 2-1 away to Holcombe – Nick Bandurak scoring a penalty stroke and former Great Britain captain Barry Middleton netting for the hosts either side of Jamie Wallace’s goal.

A five-goal thriller went the way of University of Durham as they edged past Beeston 3-2 to jump above their opponents in the table.

Henry Croft opened the scoring for Beeston on four minutes before Max Garner levelled and Christian DeAngelis tapped in just before half-time to turn things round.

With just four minutes remaining, Sam Apoola drew Beeston level but there was still time for Raunaq Rai to bury a reverse and snatch all three points for the students.

The final game in the division between Brooklands MU and Hampstead & Westminster was postponed due to travel issues for the London side.

Brooklands MU P-P Hampstead & Westminster

Holcombe 2-1 East Grinstead

Surbiton 7-0 University of Exeter

University of Durham 3-2 Beeston

Wimbledon 2-0 Old Georgians

Division One North

Perhaps the most eagerly-anticipated fixture of the weekend came in Division One North as the 100 per cent records of Loughborough Students and University of Nottingham went head to head. Something had to give and it was Loughborough who earned bragging rights with a 4-0 victory over their East Midlands rivals. They move top of the table on their own with 18 points, while Cardiff & Met kept their unbeaten record alive by hammering Deeside Ramblers 5-0 to sit second in the table, two points behind the Students. 5-0 was also the scoreline as Olton & West Warwicks beat winless City of Peterborough, Bowdon impressively downed Cambridge City 5-1 and Sheffield Hallam and University of Birmingham were both denied an opportunity for a first victory of the campaign as their clash was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Cambridge City 1-5 Bowdon

Cardiff & Met 5-0 Deeside Ramblers

City of Peterborough 0-5 Olton & West Warwicks

Sheffield Hallam P-P University of Birmingham

University of Nottingham 0-4 Loughborough Students

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Division One South

Reading’s dominance of Division One South continued in earnest as they beat Sevenoaks, although the result was relatively restrained by their standard – a 2-0 triumph with both goals coming in the second half. It takes their tally to six wins and 31 goals from their six matches and they already have a seven-point lead atop the table after nearest challengers Canterbury could only draw 2-2 at Old Cranleighan. Team Bath Buccaneers are now third after an impressive 3-1 win over Brighton & Hove, Havant’s wait for a first point of the season continues after going down 3-0 to Southgate and Oxford Hawks soared to a 2-1 victory at Teddington.

Old Cranleighan 2-2 Canterbury

Reading 2-0 Sevenoaks

Southgate 3-0 Havant

Team Bath Buccs 3-1 Brighton & Hove

Teddington 1-2 Oxford Hawks

Conference East

Conference East leaders Old Loughtonians maintained their place at the top of the table with a convincing 4-1 win away at Indian Gymkhana. Second-placed London Edwardians suffered a surprise 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Spencer and Richmond leapfrogged them after a 2-2 draw with fourth-placed London Wayfarers. Elsewhere, Hampstead & Westminster 2s battled past Wapping 2-1 and West Herts won a thriller against Bromley & Beckenham 3-2.

Hampstead & Westminster 2s 2-1 Wapping

Indian Gymkhana 1-4 Old Loughtonians

London Edwardians 0-6 Spencer

London Wayfarers 2-2 Richmond

West Herts 3-2 Bromley & Beckenham

Conference Midlands

Harborne and Barford Tigers both kept their unbeaten streaks alive in the Conference Midlands but the former are now two points clear of their rivals in the table after the Tigers were held to a 2-2 draw by Lichfield. Harborne had no such problems as they crushed University of Birmingham 2s 6-0 and St Albans were similarly dominant when grounding Harleston Magpies 4-0. Cambridge University grabbed a first win of the campaign by beating Khalsa Leamington 4-2, while Ryan Day’s hat-trick helped Loughborough Town edge Bedford 3-2.

Barford Tigers 2-2 Lichfield

Cambridge University 4-2 Khalsa Leamington

Harborne 6-0 University of Birmingham 2s

Harleston Magpies 0-4 St Albans

Loughborough Town 3-2 Bedford

Conference North

One team in the Conference North will be feeling gr-eight after a huge victory over the weekend. Connor Miller scored five in Timperley’s 8-1 thrashing of University of Durham 2s, while leaders Belper stayed top of the pile by beating Preston 3-2 . Timperley go second in the table after Didsbury Northern conceded a last-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Doncaster, as Leeds won the cross-Pennine encounter with Alderley Edge 3-1 and Wakefield triumphed 2-0 at Beeston 2s.

Alderley Edge 1-3 Leeds

Beeston 2s 0-2 Wakefield

Belper 3-2 Preston

Doncaster 1-1 Didsbury Northern

Timperley 8-1 University of Durham 2s

Conference West

Goals were the order of the day in the Conference West, with a mammoth 28 scored across the five matches. Ten of those came in the Cheltenham v Fareham contests with Fareham emerging 6-4 victors to leave their hosts still pointless at the bottom of the table. University of Exeter 2s also remain without a win but now have four draws in six matches after ending 2-2 with Plymouth Marjon. At the top, University of Bristol move to the summit after winning their local derby with Clifton Robinsons 2-1, while former leaders Isca slipped up in a 4-3 loss to Cardiff University and Ashmoor’s four-game winning streak was ended by Chichester 3-1.

Cheltenham 4-6 Fareham

Chichester 3-1 Ashmoor

Clifton Robinsons 1-2 University of Bristol

Isca 3-4 Cardiff University

Plymouth Marjon 2-2 University of Exeter 2s