Brooklands’ big bash
MU boys are the real winners of a placid Premier finale
WITH so many issues resolved before last weekend, the men’s National League Premier Division ended with more of a whimper than a bang – with the glorious exception of Brooklands MU.
The Manchester-based team guaranteed themselves a Premier Division berth next season with their 3-2 victory against a Canterbury team who had enjoyed a late burst of form only to stumble at the final hurdle.
So while Canterbury face the play-offs, Brooklands can concentrate on bringing their campaign to an even better conclusion when they travel to Reading in the National Cup semi-finals this weekend.
Anyone looking for Finals Weekend tips would have been disappointed as the qualifiers all drew. Table-toppers Wimbledon led 3-0 but eventually had to share the spoils with local rivals Surbiton in a 3-3 thriller, while top-four rivals Holcombe and Hampstead & Westminster finished 1-1.
There was more at stake in the Investec Women’s Premier Division but in the end, the favourites came through relatively comfortably.
East Grinstead knew a win would qualify them for Finals Weekend and they didn’t disappoint, beating strugglers Bowdon Hightown 4- 1 thanks to two goals from Pip Lock.
It was harder going for the University of Birmingham, but they edged past Canterbury 2- 1 to secure their top- four finish and leave Leicester and Clifton Robinsons, in fifth and sixth respectively, disappointed.
It was no consolation for bottom- placed Reading that they notched their first win of the season against Berkshire rivals Slough.
A job well done: Brooklands salute the crowd after completing their relegation escape