Only two Premier League games were played last Saturday with Spencer and Hampstead showing symmetry by winning 18-1.
The leaders triumphed in the mud against Welwyn while Hampstead brought down the Bombers on the Westway’s perfect turf.
Spencer are now three points clear of Blues and, if results go with the form book, the pair’s clash in the final game of the season could decide the title.
But both teams will be acutely aware that the chasing pack is capable of turning it on and causing an upset so the tension continues.
Sacha Stout, ex Brooklands and an Israel international, was the stand out Spencer performer with four goals as players struggled to get any fluency on a muddy pitch at Hitchin.
“It was a bit of a mud bath but we’re grateful to Welwyn and Hitchin for helping get the game played,” said Spencer co-captain Rob Holmes. “Conditions were tough for both teams and it was hardly a display of vintage lacrosse.
“Sacha had a great day, dominating the ground balls and coming away with 4 goals. Hillcroft next week will be a tough test and a win will be a big step toward securing the league title.”
Hampstead had the cleaner conditions despite the sleet and they purred through a match-up with Bristol who had won three on the bounce to lodge themselves mid-table.
John Moore lead the way with four goals and four assists with Tim Fuchs and Alan Keeley also grabbing four goals in a cohesive attacking display.
Former Hampster Bob Chapman was good in goal for Bristol but the West Country team was over-run and 8-0 down by half-time.
“It was an impressive display of firepower with seven players on the scoresheet,” said Dennis Tobin. “There was an equally impressive performance by the defence against a pesky opponent, marred only by a broken play that robbed Brian Vandenbossche of a deserved shut-out. Most impressive though was the play of newcomer Kam Bumpus at face-off.”
In the Intermediate Flags, Cardiff and Bath progressed comfortably to the Final in the West while Hillcroft A and Spencer 2s will contest the East Final. Hillcroft eased past London University 19-2 while Epsom, inspired by a Will Haynes hat-trick from midfield, came agonizingly close to an upset going down 11-9 in an entertaining game.
The pick of this Saturday’s games is Hillcroft making the short trip to Earlsfield to take on Spencer.
Hampstead 18 – 1 Bristol
Welwyn 1 – 18 Spencer
East Grinstead v Reading
Hitchin v Bristol Bombers
Purley v Hampstead
Spencer v Hillcroft
Welwyn v Blues
Photo Credit: Nabeel Chaudhry