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Spencer home in on first title

Only a freak mathematical episode – or possibly the weather – can prevent Spencer lifting their first Premiership title this weekend.
The Earlsfield club have won every game in a sparkling season where they have cranked in 227 goals at an average of 15 per game while conceding around four a match.

They have remained dominant while the main title challengers have wrecked each other’s chances of staying in the frame. Hillcroft’s 17-7 victory over Hampstead last Saturday has all but extinguished the Men in Black’s hopes of pulling off an unlikely comeback.

The north Londoners are still the only team in the same equation but need to win all their games – including one against Spencer – and hope the Earlsfied team get no more than five points from their remaining three games.

Liam McGreavy is refusing to be influenced by the league table and is keeping his team focused on the next game in a single-minded quest for a League and Flags double without losing a game.

Blues, Hillcroft and Hampstead are battling it out for the runners-up slot while East Grinstead, Reading and Hitchin should all be safe
All eyes now turn to the basement battle with Welwyn, Purley and Cardiff scrapping to avoid the drop. With cancellations still blighting the fixture list, the outcome may rest on six-pointers or games squeezed in on a Sunday.

Cardiff, defeated 12-3 by East Grinstead, are bottom but level on points with Purley who have two games in hand. Welwyn are two points better off.
The Harlequins have two crunch matches, away at Welwyn and home to Purley, that will decide their fate.
The triangle of terror is completed with Purley also due to face Welwyn in a possible six-pointer.
Purley lost 9-6 at Blues who welcomed talisman Matt Birkett back from injury with an instant impact, winning the first face and gunning a goal within five seconds.

“The game was yet another tough encounter against our local rivals on a wet and heavy pitch,” said captain Andy Hunt, playing his last game for the club before heading back to Brooklands.

“We started the game well controlling the possession and also the tempo of the game. Our attack were patient but unfortunately couldn’t find the target on a bag full of occasions “As the pitch deteriorated, the chances slowed for both teams but a mature second half performance from the Blues and a resilient fight back from the spirited Purley side tied the second half at 3-3 with Blues running out 9-6 winners in the tie.

“It was a great fixture for me to end my Blues career on and I can only hope the team take the positives from the win and build on it with a tough weekend double header coming up against Hitchin and Reading.” Purley captain Dave Copple added: “The Blues game was difficult for us, they enjoyed a lot of possession and were dominant from the face. They were controlled on attack and held the ball well.

“But we played some great team defence and limited their chances, especially after the first quarter. The team communication was great and if we can defend that well again next week, along with better possession, we’ll be in a much better situation.
“The next games are massively important and we can’t wait for them.”

Welwyn travel to wounded Hampstead while Cardiff have a must-win home game v Reading, who stay on the road on Sunday with a trip to Blues.
Purley will be hoping Hillcroft won’t continue their scintillating astro form when they encounter the heavy Warlingham pitch but this could be a nail-biter with local derby spice.

Elsewhere, the winners and losers of Season 12/13 became clearer.

Bristol Bombers, relegated from the Prem last season, are 100% but Bath are pressing them hard for the West 1 title.

The two West Country giants clash this Saturday in an almost winner-takes-all match up. Bristol won their home part of the coupling 7-6 so Bath need to take the game by two goals or more to get back in the driving seat.

The triumphant team will advance to the East-West play off game where the position is less clear. Spencer 2s continued the club’s excellent form by beating Reading 2 to stay three points clear of the Wildcats and put one hand on the E1 title.

Buckhurst Hill, in second slot, can still finish runners-up but have a double header against Reading 2s to settle that ranking.
Swansea Hawks look to have secured instant promotion from West 2 but Bristol Bombers’ second team can still overhaul them providing they can organise their games in hand.

Epsom secured promotion from East 2 and Northampton, yet to lose a game, should join them once they reel in their postponed games. The two meet this Sunday in what should be a title-deciding game.

E3 has had the most postponements and a talented Oxford University are top with Hitchin A and Reading 3 in close pursuit. But some teams have five or six games to organise with time running out.