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Canterbury Ladies remain on course for Investec National Premier Division glory after Leicester win while men battle back to draw with leaders Beeston

03 March 2014
by Alex Hoad

Jen Wilson Picture Ady Kerry

Jen Wilson Picture: Ady Kerry

Canterbury Ladies remain on target for the Investec National Premier Division title after another stifling defensive performance.

A fourth straight clean sheet and fifth in six games against Leicester at Polo Farm on Saturday evening, coupled with a solitary goal from player-coach Jen Wilson after 15 minutes was enough to earn the points.

Wins for second-placed Reading and third-placed Surbiton meant it is as-you-were at the top of the table, with Canterbury four points clear of Reading now with three games to go.

Surbiton are two points further back, while the win over Leicester ensured the city club have sealed their place in the end-of-season play-offs and can finish no lower than third.

Canterbury’s men ensured their survival in NOW Pensions National Premier Division for another season with a battling draw with Beeston on Sunday afternoon, to knock their rivals off top-spot.

Canterbury fought back from two goals down at half-time at Polo Farm to earn a draw - just the fourth time that Beeston have dropped points all season.

Sam Ward and Ben Arnold put the visitors in charge but needing a win to keep their slim play-off hopes alive, Canterbury rallied and player-coach Kwan Browne halved the deficit on 52 minutes before skipper Michael Farrer earned a point from a penalty corner five minutes from time.

The draw pulled the city club within three points of fifth-placed Wimbledon, though fourth-placed Surbiton enjoyed an 8-2 win over Loguhborough Students which means they have an eight-point lead over Canterbury in the play-off race with just three games to play.

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