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All Eyes In Nottingham as Clifton Notch up 500

Vitality Women’s Hockey League Preview – 13 November 2021

All Eyes In Nottingham as Clifton Notch up 500
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Whatever the result at Beeston on Saturday, Clifton Robinsons will have reason to celebrate as they play in their 500th regular season Premier Division match, having only been outside the top flight for one season since the Women’s Hockey League was founded in 1989-90.

Clifton joined third placed Surbiton on 12 points following last week’s hard fought 1-0 home win over the University of Birmingham and will take on a Beeston team which also battled hard at Hampstead and Westminster before going down 1-0 and are desperately defending the all-important sixth place.

SeasonPLWDLFAPosTeams
1989-909324796th10
1990-91923410148th10
1991-9211209102310th12
1992-93115151295th12
1993-941423910246th8
1994-951442814246th8
1995-961472517125th8
1996-971474333203rd8
1997-981482427212nd8
1998-991472527214th8
1999-20001892728255th10
2000-0118102627224th10
2001-021894537174th10
2002-031872937347th10
2003-041884642373rd10
2004-0522631336518th12
2005-06182214246710th10
2007-081882844466th10
2008-091883736386th10
2009-1018421222479th10
2010-1118621029377th10
2011-1218102643254th10
2012-131866643436th10
2013-141895438254th10
2014-1518123338193rd10
2015-1618531030467th10
2016-171891842316th10
2017-181846828388th10
2018-191872930315th10
2019-201872929355th10
2020-21420296
2021-2273311312
Totals49919882219872909  
Clifton Robinsons Premier Division Regular Season Record 1989-90 to 2021-22

Elsewhere leaders Hampstead host Swansea on Saturday as the Welsh club still seek their first ever win in the Premier Division. Hampstead have had to battle in three of their last four games before winning 4-3 at Buckingham, 3-2 at Loughborough Students and 1-0 at home to Beeston to maintain their one hundred per cent record.

Swansea, after drawing their first game 1-1 at Buckingham have generally struggled, but previously lost 2-1 at home to Clifton Robinsons and 2-1 at Loughborough Students last week, so can take some heart.

East Grinstead, who can close to within three points of Hampstead if they win both their games in hand, visit the University of Birmingham, where they have only lost once, 1-0 in October 2017. East Grinstead won on their next two trips 3-2 and 3-1, whilst Birmingham are still battling for a top six place.

Wimbledon are third, but can be overtaken by both fourth placed Surbiton and fifth placed Clifton Robinsons if they win their games in hand. Wimbledon host Buckingham, who have lost their last three games, including a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Holcombe last weekend.

Surbiton are at home to Loughborough Students who have had a disappointing season compared to the curtailed 2020-21 season. Loughborough crashed 8-0 at Wimbledon last Sunday after securing only their second win of the season, 2-1 at home to Swansea in the first part of last week’s doubleheader. Surbiton return after having a bye week, their last match, a 3-0 victory at Swansea.

Holcombe will stay in tenth place as it is their turn to have a bye week.

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