Cross fu­ture up in the air over West Lon­don ac­tion

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GER­RARDS Cross Hockey Club men’s pro­mo­tion bid will this week­end reach its cli­max – but re­mains shrouded in mys­tery and con­tro­versy.

With two pro­mo­tion places up for grabs, just one point sep­a­rate the top four teams in MBBO Divi­sion Three, with the Cross need­ing to beat Ox­ford Hawks 5s at home on Satur­day, while hop­ing other re­sults go their way.

But off-the-pitch mat­ters could yet de­cide the out­come. As we re­vealed ear­lier this month, since the new year, teams have been re­fus­ing to play West Lon­don amid claims of poor dis­ci­pline from the Northolt-based side.

The South Hockey League, which is re­spon­si­ble for the MBBO di­vi­sions, last week took ac­tion against one of the Cross’s pro­mo­tion ri­vals, Wy­combe 3s, fin­ing them £100 and de­duct­ing them three points.

Wy­combe are con­sult­ing with Eng­land Hockey be­fore de­cid­ing what to do next, but in the mean­time, if the same fate be­falls other clubs who have re­fused to play West Lon­don, the divi­sion will fall into chaos.

The strange prospect could thus emerge af­ter the week­end of all games hav­ing been played, but no­body hav­ing any idea of whether or not they will be the fi­nal stand­ings – and if those who fin­ish in the top two can cel­e­brate pro­mo­tion or not.

Ger­rards Cross cap­tain Greg Causer said: “We have not heard any­thing from the league yet, but it’s dis­gust­ing that Wy­combe have been fined and pun­ished for ef­fec­tively safe­guard­ing their play­ers.”

Else­where, Amer­sham & Chal­font men and South Bucks men will play their fi­nal games hav­ing al­ready wrapped up the MBBO Divi­sion One and Six ti­tles re­spec­tively.

Amer­sham will com­plete the league sea­son un­beaten if they man­age to avoid de­feat at Ash­ford 2nds, while South Bucks will be look­ing to fin­ish with a flour­ish at home to Ox­ford 6ths.

Off-the-pitch fears: Greg Causer dur­ing a pre­vi­ous match against

Ox­ford

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