Bournville's bid for a place in the national indoor finals at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena on February 5 began in juddering fashion at the weekend.
With four more matches to play next weekend at Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre, Bournville are in fifth place with matches still to come against current joint-leaders East Grinstead and third-place Canterbury. They need to finish in the top four to qualify for the finals.
Having lost 7-3 to reigning champions Loughborough Students in their opening match on Saturday, Bourn-ville beat Beeston 8-6. Yesterday they first beat Hull 4-3 and then lost 6-4 to Reading who, in a late rally, fought back from 4-3 down.
Sutton Coldfield are on course for a place in the women's finals, despite only gaining one point from two matches yesterday. They lie joint third with reigning champions Slough, just one point above Canterbury and Leicester.
They began well at Rick-mansworth on Saturday with two victories, 3-1 against Canterbury and 2-0 against Harleston Magpies. The first setback was a 1-1 draw against Ipswich, last year's beaten finalists, and they later lost 4-1 to Bowdon Hightown.
Birmingham University have high hopes of promotion to the men's Premier Division next season, having reached the half-way point in joint-second place in the Division One North section at Hull.
Their only defeat was 5-4 against Cannock, relegated last season. They recorded a 7-4 win against Barford Tigers, trounced Wolverhampton 9-2 and pipped Sheffield UB 5-4.
Stourport, Cannock and Tigers have each won two matches while Wolverhampton are bottom without a point.
Cannock gained the biggest win, 10-3 against Barford. Stourport beat Wolverhampton 8-0 while the Tigers defeated Wolverhampton 9-7.
Olton, who last season didn't play indoor hockey, are favourites for promotion to the women's Premier Division after a 100 per cent record in Division One North this weekend at Perdiswell Leisure Centre, Worcester.
On Saturday, they defeated local rivals Aldridge 3-0 and Landsown 7-2 and yesterday swept aside Liverpool Sefton 6-1 and Rover Oxford 11-3.
Aldridge are in fourth place. They beat Rover Oxford 3-2 and Loughborough Students 5-3 but lost 7-6 to Lansdown. n Vale of Evesham side Bretforton were yesterday knocked out of the Women's Trophy.
A golden goal sent them to a 2-1 second round defeat to Lancaster.