Reigning champions Cannock remain unbeaten after three matches and lead the English League by three points after beating Hampstead & Westminster 3-1 and Loughborough Students 5-2 at the weekend.
Simon Ramsden scored three goals, two of them yesterday in the away victory at Loughborough. The match was delayed for 30 minutes a few minutes after the start when an ambulance had to be called to Loughborough's Matt Grayson, who was hit in the chest. He returned to the ground later.
Lichfield, making their League debut, lost 4-2 away to Doncaster in the North Division but scored the first goal through Euan Corbett and the last through Chris Banning.
In the same division, Bournville beat the other league newcomers, Sheffield Hallam Civica, 2-1.
Birmingham University hammered Plymouth Marjon 10-3 in the South Division with seven of their players scoring. Barford Tigers lost 3-2 at home to Havant.
Olton beat Kings Heath 10-0 in the seond round of the Men's Cup. Edgbaston defeated South Nottingham 8-1 and Harborne knocked out Khalsa 5-1.
Olton's England stars, Rachel Walker and Lucilla Wright, restored the
goal in each half to defeat Slough 2-1 in the Women's Premier Division on Saturday.
Olton beat Bowdon Hightown 3-2 yesterday after trailing 2-0 at halftime. Denise Marston-Smith, Erin Preece and Wright were Olton's scorers.
Sutton Coldfield's first National League appearance outside the top flight ended in defeat, 2- 1 against Barnes, Hounslow & Ealing in women's Division One. The bright spot of the match was the 67thminute debut goal by Sandeep Kaur, who Sutton have signed from Olton.
Laura Bainbridge gave Birmingham University a fine start with a fourthminute penalty corner goal against Reading who soon equalised. Sara Scott regained the students' lead in the 38th minute but the visitors levelled the score late in the match.
In the new National North Division, Aldridge defeated Sunderland 3-1 with two first-half goals by Elie Keating and a 45th-minute goal by Jo Walker on her debut. But there was no joy in the National South Divison for Walker's former club Worcester, who lost 2-0 away to Firebrands.
* Harborne, front-runners with Lichfield for the Coaching Solutions League title for much of last season, beat Midlands Premier Division newcomers Telford & Shifnal 8-3.
Bridgnorth also made an encouraging start, defeating the other promoted side, Nottingham University, 5-2. Edgbaston and Coventry drew their matches 2- 2, against Shrewsbury and Sikh Union ( Nottingham) respectively.