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Canterbury Hockey Club suffer defeats as men and women lose to Reading at Polo Farm

Canterbury ladies v Reading

Mel Clewlow on the ball for Canterbury against Reading    Picture: Paul Dennis

Canterbury Hockey Club were left disappointed in their National Premier Division double-header against Reading at Polo Farm on Saturday.

Previously unbeaten Canterbury Ladies missed the chance to open a four-point gap over second-placed Leicester after they slipped to a 2-0 defeat against their third-placed Berkshire visitors.

Elizabeth Hunt opened the scoring inside a minute and Elspeth Cockburn sealed the points seven minutes from time.

The city club do have a seven-point cushion in the race for the top-four play-off places with four games left.

Canterbury’s men suffered a 8-1 defeat to the same club at Polo Farm later in the afternoon.

Michael Farrer equalised with a penalty corner conversion after 13 minutes to cancel out a seventh-minute opener from Craig Peel.

However, Canterbury were level for less than 60 seconds as Chris Newman put the visitors back in front.

Jonny Codling made it 3-1 on the half-hour and seconds before the break, GB star Richard Mantell added a fourth.

The fifth came from a Peel penalty-corner two minutes after the restart, while another GB stalwart, Jonty Clarke, made it 6-1 on 53 minutes.

Newman grabbed his second 10 minutes from time before Peel completed his hat-trick to take Reading a point above the city club and into second.

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