england hockey board logo Promotion-chasing University of Exeter recorded their 10th successive England Hockey League win, overcoming Bournville 3-0, to stretch their lead at the Men’s Conference West summit.


With two league games remaining, the Exeter students – captained by Exmouth’s Olly Deasy – are five points clear of second placed TeamBath Buccaneers, who lost 3-2 at sixth placed Whitchurch.


Exeter’s next match is a top-of-the-table clash at Bath on Sunday which means a win or draw for the University would secure the MCW title and a place in the 2011 Premier Division promotion tournament at Cannock from April 30-May 2.


University of Exeter were relegated from EHL’s top flight at the end of last season – their first term in the top 10 in the country.


Against eighth-placed Bournville, top scorer Tom Carson got University of Exeter off to a flying start by scoring after two minutes.


In-form penalty corner king James Royce struck in the 46th and 61st minutes to increase Exeter’s EHL goal tally after 16 matches to 61.


Buccs trailed 1-0 at half time in Wales and then 2-0 before Phillip Ball’s 57th minute penalty corner conversion.


Whitchurch forged 3-1 ahead two minutes later through Jack Betenson, whose goal eventually proved to be the winner as Rich Bendry winged in to make it 3-2 in the 69th miinute.


Sunday's eagerly anticipated top of the table clash at Bath's University Sports Training Village starts at 1430.


Seventh placed Cheltenham host sixth placed Whitchurch on Saturday (Balcarras, 1400) seeking to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat at University of Birmingham.


Alex Hay's side have already ensured their national league status - despite a four-match losing streak since back to back February wins over Fareham and at third placed Guildford.

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