3:09pm Monday 19th March 2012
By Colin Pike
Surbiton Ladies clinched the Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference East title, and became the first team to qualify for the promotion playoffs, after a hard-fought 2-0 win over sixth-placed Harleston Magpies at Sugden Road on Sunday.
Becky Merchant slotted home a penalty stroke in the 28th minute, before Amy Bryant converted a penalty corner with just two minutes remaining. Surbiton, who collected £750 in prize money from the league sponsors, face the ninth-placed team in the Premier Division and the champions of the Conference North and Conference West in a four team round-robin tournament.
The play-offs kick-off on March 31 with the top two teams will play in the Premier Division in 2012-13.
Surbiton travel to Sevenoaks on Saturday for their last league match of the season (push back 2 pm), before turning their attention to the Investec Women’s Cup semi-final against Clifton, fifth in the Premier Division on Sunday.
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