Lichfield came close to gaining their first point of the season yesterday at the expense of promotion-seeking Bournville in the national North Division thanks to an outstanding hat-trick effort by Paul Campbell.
Every time that second-placed Bournville gained the lead, Campbell soon replied with a penalty corner goal. But Lichfield, who entered the national league this season, were beaten by a 64th-minute goal by Rik McCollum to lose 4-3 and remain at the bottom.
Bournville's earlier scorers were Harry Rowland, in the fifth minute, and Steve Mallows and Chris Graham in the second half.
Three defeats in three matches have transformed previous division leaders Leek who until last weekend were unbeaten. Yesterday they lost 2-1 at Stourport and slumped to third place, a point behind Bournville, having 24 hours earlier lost 6-3 to lowly Formby.
Rob Allen and Imran Yousaf gave Stourport a 2-0 lead which they held until Anthony Mellor replied for Leek three minutes from time. The win put the home side four points behind their opponents.
Barford Tigers pulled away from the relegation zone in South Division by defeating threatened Birmingham University 6-2.
Tigers' leading scorer Jimmy Singh scored twice as his side built up a 3-0 lead inside the first quarter of an hour. James Carter scored the other University goals.
Birmingham University women's team's lead over Sutton Coldfield at the top of national Division One was reduced to one point on Saturday following a 3-2 defeat by Poynton. The Cheshire side have beaten both West Midland teams in consecutive weeks. Laura Bainbridge and Fiona Holdcroft scored first-half goals for the University before Poynton's winner in the 57th minute.
Sutton Coldfield beat Loughborough Students 2-1.
Alison Mapp's successful penalty stroke gave them the lead on half time and Laura Unsworth fired the winner with four minutes remaining.
Jo Walker struck a whirlwind hat-trick for Aldridge to defeat Belper and keep up the pressure on North Division leaders Sunderland.
She scored first in the fourth minute and completed the hat-trick in ten minutes.
Elaine Sheppherd provided a lifeline for bottom South Division team Worcester with two goals in a 3-2 victory over fellow strugglers Bedford.
She scored the opener and the 63rd-minute winner, Liz George's 37th-minute goal providing the equaliser.
Worcester's second victory put them a point behind Bedford and leaves them still hoping to avoid relegation back to the regional league. n Coventry's chances of promotion to the national league received a setback on Saturday as they suffered their third defeat and dropped from second to fourth place in the Coaching Solutions League Premier Division.
Harborne beat them 4-2 while Telford & Wrekin stay in second place, two points behind the leaders, after defeating Olton 2-1.
Leaders Sikh Union (Nottingham) over-ran Shrewsbury 8-2.
Although Sutton Coldfield drew 2-2 with Khalsa they still lead Midlands Division One by seven points.