Hampstead & Westminster stayed perfect in the Vitality Womenâs Premier Division while two Menâs Premier Division high-flyers shone on a thrilling weekend of action.
Loughborough Students produced a spirited comeback against Hampstead & Westminster but the Vitality Womenâs Premier Division table-toppers still managed to prevail 3-2 to make it seven wins from seven, while East Grinstead also won but Wimbledon were held to a draw.
Meanwhile, in the Menâs Premier Division a sixth victory in a row for Wimbledon ended Old Georgiansâ unbeaten start to the season and allowed Surbiton to go back to the summit after a comfortable win of their own.
Plus, we wrap up all the Division One and Conferences action, including a top-of-the-table East Midlands derby in the Menâs Division One North.
League leaders Hampstead & Westminster withstood a second-half fightback from Loughborough Students to prevail 3-2 in theÂ Vitality Women's Premier Division.
Melanie Wilkinson opened the scoring for the visitors after 11 minutes before two further strikes in two minutes from Lucy Hyams, scoring for the fourth game in a row, and Fran Tew extended their advantage to 3-0.
But Loughborough responded just before the break through Beth Alexander and pulled another one back on 45 minutes thanks to Catherine Ledesma from a penalty corner.
Hampstead & Westminster managed to hold their nerve though and see the rest of the match out, ensuring they made it seven wins from seven to remain at the summit of the division.
Elsewhere, Wimbledon lost ground on the leaders after they were held to a 1-1 draw by University of Birmingham following a tight-fought contest at Raynes Park.
Hollie Pearne-Webb had given the hosts the lead at half-time with her effort in the 31st minute but University of Birmingham struck back through captain Millie Giglio to share the spoils.
East Grinstead kept up their title challenge with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Holcombe as second-half goals from Sophie Bray and Chloe Palmer got the job done.
Surbiton were also in impressive form as a first-half brace from Sophie Hamilton and another goal from Holly Payne saw the visitors romp to a 3-0 win at Swansea.
And Beeston went one better as they put four goals past Buckingham to triumph 4-0, with Sophie Robinson notching a double along with goals from Mads Newitt and Lucy Millington.
Beeston 4-0 Buckingham
Holcombe 0-2 East Grinstead
Loughborough Students 2-3 Hampstead & Westminster
Swansea 0-3 Surbiton
Wimbledon 1-1 University of Birmingham
Division One North
Leaders Bowdon Hightown maintained their 100 per cent record in Division One North as they overcame Belper 3-1 thanks to goals from Cat Booth, Sophia Crawshay and Charlene Mason. University of Nottingham bounced back from their first dropped points of the season last time out with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Ben Rhydding. Meanwhile, Gloucester City clinched a much-needed 2-1 victory over Olton & West Warwicks, Stourport edged out Leicester City by the same 2-1 scoreline and University of Durham eased to a 3-0 win over Brooklands Poynton.
Ben Rhydding 0-4 University of Nottingham
Bowdon Hightown 3-1 Belper
Durham University 3-0 Brooklands Poynton
Leicester City 1-2 Stourport
Olton & West Warwicks 1-2 Gloucester City
Division One South
In Division One South, Sevenoaks and Reading followed up their thrilling 3-3 draw last time out with comprehensive victories against Cambridge and Trojans, respectively. Ellie Emo, Jen Crossley, Tess Hannah and Beth Marriott all got on the scoresheet for Reading as they eased to a 4-0 victory against Trojans while Maddie Thompson grabbed a brace in a 4-1 triumph for Sevenoaks. Elsewhere, Canterbury claimed a 3-1 win at ISCA, Slough overcame Wimbledon 2s 3-0 while Surbiton 2s delivered a five-star display as they beatÂ
Harleston Magpies 5-0.
Canterbury 3-1 Isca
Sevenoaks 4-1 Cambridge City
Slough 3-0 Wimbledon 2s
Surbiton 2s 5-0 Harleston Magpies
Trojans 0-4 Reading
There are new league leaders in the Conference East as Barnes took advantage of a thrilling 3-3 draw between former table-toppers London Wayfarers and Southgate. Barnes defeated East London 4-1 to leapfrog London Wayfarers at the top. At the other end of the table, Ipswich picked up a valuable 1-0 win against fellow strugglers Chelmsford as Canterbury were defeated 6-0 by a ruthless Bromley & Beckenham. Hampstead & Westminster 2s also got back to winning ways with a 2-0 triumph over Horsham.
Bromley & Beckenham 6-0 Canterbury 2s
Chelmsford 0-1 Ipswich
East London 1-4 Barnes
Hampstead & Westminster 2s 2-0 Horsham
London Wayfarers 3-3 Southgate
Front-runners Sutton Coldfield showed no signs of slowing down as they eased to an emphatic 8-0 win over University of Birmingham 2s to retain their record as the only unbeaten side in the Conference Midlands. In-form Bedford were unable to keep up the pace behind the leaders as their game with Broxbourne was postponed, allowing St Albans to move into second with their 3-2 win over Oxford University. Meanwhile, Beeston 2s defeated Khalsa Leamington 3-1 and Cannock bounced back from their defeat last time out to win 3-0 against Loughborough Students 2s.
Bedford P-P Broxbourne
Cannock 3-0 Loughborough Students 2s
Khalsa Leamington 1-3 Beeston 2s
St Albans 3-2 Oxford University
Sutton Coldfield 8-0 University of Birmingham
League leaders Timperley suffered their second consecutive defeat as they followed up their loss to DurhamÂ University 2s with a 3-2 defeat to Pendle Forest in the Conference North. Fylde took advantage of that slip-up with a comfortable 3-0 win over Neston to close the gap at the summit. Wakefield also remain on the heels of the leaders after extending their unbeaten run to four games with a 2-0 triumph against Doncaster. Elsewhere, Leeds beat Alderley Edge 3-1 and Didsbury Northern overcame Durham University 2s 4-3 in an enthralling encounter.
Alderley Edge 1-3 Leeds
Didsbury Northern 4-3 University of Durham 2s
Fylde 3-0 Neston
Pendle Forest 3-2 Timperley
Wakefield 2-0 Doncaster
Bristol Firebrands were held to a 1-1 draw by Exe as Witney leapfrogged them at the top of the Conference West with a 4-2 victory over Basingstoke. Meanwhile, Team Bath Buccaneers claimed bragging rights over local rivals University of Bristol with a 4-3 win, Oxford Hawks showed no mercy as they defeated Clifton Robinsons 2s 4-0 and Penarth overcame Cheltenham 2-1 to claim their first win of the season.
Basingstoke 2-4 Witney
Exe 1-1 Bristol Firebrands
Oxford Hawks 4-0 Clifton Robinsons 2s
Penarth 2-1 Cheltenham
University of Bristol 3-4 Team Bath Buccs
Wimbledon continued their winning streak in theÂ Menâs Premier DivisionÂ with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over fellow high-flyers Old Georgians.
Old Georgians entered the weekend top of the table on goal difference but Wimbledon handed them a first defeat of the season to make it six victories on the spin since their opening-day defeat to Hampstead & Westminster.
Ed Horler fired the Dons into the lead on 17 minutes and they eventually sealed the deal a minute from time when Mikey Hoare netted from a penalty corner.
Old Georgians and Surbiton have been trading top spot between them over the past few weeks and the south-west London side took advantage of their rivalsâ slip up to climb back to the summit with a convincing victory over University of Exeter.
The university side are still seeking their first point this season and were outclassed 7-0 by the new leaders as Luke Taylor netted a brilliant hat-trick.
There were also two goals apiece from Ben Park and Rob Farrington as the hosts made it a magnificent seven.
East Grinstead are also still looking for a first win as they went down 2-1 away to Holcombe â Nick Bandurak scoring a penalty stroke and former Great Britain captain Barry Middleton netting for the hosts either side ofÂ Jamie Wallaceâs goal.
A five-goal thriller went the way of University of Durham as they edged past Beeston 3-2 to jump above their opponents in the table.
Henry Croft opened the scoring for Beeston on four minutes before Max Garner levelled and Christian DeAngelis tapped in just before half-time to turn things round.
With just four minutes remaining, Sam Apoola drew Beeston level but there was still time for Raunaq Rai to bury a reverse and snatch all three points for the students.
The final game in the division between Brooklands MU and Hampstead & Westminster was postponed due to travel issues for the London side.
Brooklands MU P-P Hampstead & Westminster
Holcombe 2-1 East Grinstead
Surbiton 7-0 University of Exeter
University of Durham 3-2 Beeston
Wimbledon 2-0 Old Georgians
Division One North
Perhaps the most eagerly-anticipated fixture of the weekend came in Division One North as the 100 per cent records of Loughborough Students and University of Nottingham went head to head. Something had to give and it was Loughborough who earned bragging rights with a 4-0 victory over their East Midlands rivals. They move top of the table on their own with 18 points, while Cardiff & Met kept their unbeaten record alive by hammering Deeside Ramblers 5-0 to sit second in the table, two points behind the Students. 5-0 was also the scoreline as Olton & West Warwicks beat winless City of Peterborough, Bowdon impressively downed Cambridge City 5-1 and Sheffield Hallam and University of Birmingham were both denied an opportunity for a first victory of the campaign as their clash was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Cambridge City 1-5 Bowdon
Cardiff & Met 5-0 Deeside Ramblers
City of Peterborough 0-5 Olton & West Warwicks
Sheffield Hallam P-P University of Birmingham
University of Nottingham 0-4 Loughborough Students
Division One South
Readingâs dominance of Division One South continued in earnest as they beat Sevenoaks, although the result was relatively restrained by their standard â a 2-0 triumph with both goals coming in the second half. It takes their tally to six wins and 31 goals from their six matches and they already have a seven-point lead atop the table after nearest challengers Canterbury could only draw 2-2 at Old Cranleighan. Team Bath Buccaneers are now third after an impressive 3-1 win over Brighton & Hove, Havantâs wait for a first point of the season continues after going down 3-0 to Southgate and Oxford Hawks soared to a 2-1 victory at Teddington.
Old Cranleighan 2-2 Canterbury
Reading 2-0 Sevenoaks
Southgate 3-0 Havant
Team Bath Buccs 3-1 Brighton & Hove
Teddington 1-2 Oxford Hawks
Conference East leaders Old Loughtonians maintained their place at the top of the table with a convincing 4-1 win away at Indian Gymkhana. Second-placed London Edwardians suffered a surprise 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Spencer and Richmond leapfrogged them after a 2-2 draw with fourth-placed London Wayfarers. Elsewhere, Hampstead & Westminster 2s battled past Wapping 2-1 and West Herts won a thriller againstÂ Bromley & Beckenham 3-2.
Hampstead & Westminster 2s 2-1 Wapping
Indian Gymkhana 1-4 Old Loughtonians
London Edwardians 0-6 Spencer
London Wayfarers 2-2 Richmond
West Herts 3-2 Bromley & Beckenham
Harborne and Barford Tigers both kept their unbeaten streaks alive in the Conference Midlands but the former are now two points clear of their rivals in the table after the Tigers were held to a 2-2 draw by Lichfield. Harborne had no such problems as they crushed University of Birmingham 2s 6-0 and St Albans were similarly dominant when grounding Harleston Magpies 4-0. Cambridge University grabbed a first win of the campaign by beating Khalsa Leamington 4-2, while Ryan Dayâs hat-trick helped Loughborough Town edge Bedford 3-2.
Barford Tigers 2-2 Lichfield
Cambridge University 4-2 Khalsa Leamington
Harborne 6-0 University of Birmingham 2s
Harleston Magpies 0-4 St Albans
Loughborough Town 3-2 Bedford
One team in the Conference North will be feeling gr-eight after a huge victory over the weekend. Connor Miller scored five in Timperleyâs 8-1 thrashing of University of Durham 2s, while leaders Belper stayed top of the pile by beating Preston 3-2 . Timperley go second in the table after Didsbury Northern conceded a last-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Doncaster, as Leeds won the cross-Pennine encounter with Alderley Edge 3-1 and Wakefield triumphed 2-0 at Beeston 2s.
Alderley Edge 1-3 Leeds
Beeston 2s 0-2 Wakefield
Belper 3-2 Preston
Doncaster 1-1 Didsbury Northern
Timperley 8-1 University of Durham 2s
Goals were the order of the day in the Conference West, with a mammoth 28 scored across the five matches. Ten of those came in the Cheltenham v Fareham contests with Fareham emerging 6-4 victors to leave their hosts still pointless at the bottom of the table. University of Exeter 2s also remain without a win but now have four draws in six matches after ending 2-2 with Plymouth Marjon. At the top, University of Bristol move to the summit after winning their local derby with Clifton Robinsons 2-1, while former leaders Isca slipped up in a 4-3 loss to Cardiff University and Ashmoorâs four-game winning streak was ended by Chichester 3-1.
Cheltenham 4-6 Fareham
Chichester 3-1 Ashmoor
Clifton Robinsons 1-2 University of Bristol
Isca 3-4 Cardiff University
Plymouth Marjon 2-2 University of Exeter 2s