Hampstead & Westminster lost their 100 per cent EHL Premier record at home to Cannock on Saturday - but it was mighty close despite a disastrous start.
The Maida Vale side were 3-0 down at the break. But after coach Michael Johnson read the riot act, H&W pulled themselves together and back with Andy Hayward converting from a short corner.
Captain Toby Roche dribbed past several players before setting up Oliver Didham to reduce the deficit to one. And in the dying seconds a decent shout for a penalty stroke went unheeded.
On Saturday, H&W take on last season’s champions Beeston, themselves smarting after a 6-0 thumping by Surbiton.
PHC Chiswick women hammered Wallingford 6-0 in South Division 3a and provided neat symmetry as they did so.
It was 3-0 at half time, and there were braces each for Rhianna Buchanan, Alex Earnshaw and Harriet Stevenson, while the men’s seconds inched home 3-2 at Wayfarers.
Andy Greenhalgh, Dan Mckenzie and Ian Freeland netted as Will Dale won man of the match on his debut.
PHC women’s fours beat NPL Ladies seconds 7-0, with notches on the scoring belts for Kate Cato, Emma Milton (2) Laura Bryant, Gemma McIntosh and Georgie Wilson (2).