Crunch weekend for Doncaster Hockey Club

Doncaster's ladies warmed up for their must-win clash at Northern Premier Division leaders Leeds with a comfortable 4-1 win at Kirkby Stephen.

Friday, 16th March 2018, 11:18 am
Updated Friday, 16th March 2018, 11:20 am

The second-placed Town Field ladies trail their Yorkshire rivals by five points and must end their unbeaten record to stand any chance of returning to the National League next season.

A dominant performance at Kirky Stephen saw Doncaster take the lead after just two minutes through Katie Barnes and lead 3-0 at half time thanks to further goals from Helen Karditsas and Sarah Thorpe. Ellie O’Neill scored a short corner in the second half before the hosts netted a consolation effort.

Doncaster’s men let a two-goal lead slip to lose 3-2 at home to Bowdon and are still looking nervously over their shoulders in Conference North of the National League.

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First half goals from Josh Pettinger and Daniel West put them in control but the visitors levelled before snatching a last minute winner.

Doncaster are fifth in the table but just two points clear of bottom side Preston. They now face a weekend double at Loughborough on Saturday and at Leeds on Sunday knowing one win is vital before their final game against league leaders Nottingham University.