HOCKEY: A WINNING weekend has put Leamington ladies firmly on the promotion hunt after the second team recorded two impressive victories on the road in the space of 24 hours over the weekend.
One Saturday Leamington faced a difficult test against promotion rivals the University of Birmingham and the foundations were laid in a terrific opening 20 minute spell.
The visitors simply bossed the first quarter and goals from Jeanette Lloyd and Sarah Gambling were just rewards for their dominance.
And, despite Birmingham halving the deficit just before half time, Leamington showed a real toughness to hold out for the win.
On Sunday they were on the road again, this time travelling to Sutton Coldfield for a rearranged fixture after the first attempt to play was frozen off in November.
Any fears of fatigue or simply suffering a come-down after such a statement of intent the day before were misplaced, as Leamington cruised to a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Laura McTernan, Laura Drury and a second of the weekend from Lloyd.
The result – their fourth consecutive victory – moves Leamington into joint third place in the table, only five points off the leaders and with a game against second-placed Edgbaston to come this weekend.
Elsewhere in the ladies’ section, both the third and fourth team saw their games cancelled because of frozen pitches, while the first team are still on their mid-season break from league action.
In the men’s section, it was a mixed bag of results as the second team recorded an impressive 3-0 win away at Barton, while the third team lost 4-3 away to Streetly.