THE Carlton Tavern was rocking on Sunday night after Hampstead & Westminster players had one of the best weekends of their lives.
The Maida Vale watering hole is the unofficial headquarters of the EHL Premier side that made it to its first-ever cup final hours before - and secured elite status the day before that. H&W will play Beeston on May 15 in hockey's equivalent of the FA Cup after beating Sevenoaks 2-1.
The west Londoners raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to a penalty corner and penalty stroke from Dave Eakins - but had to endure a nervy last four minutes when the Kent side hit a late consolation.
The trip to Brooklands on Saturday was just as fruitful. Eakins pounced with the clock running down in Manchester to condemn the university side to the relegation play-off spot, and secure for his own team a healthy mid-table position with one game left.