Hockey: Town field men down after Cambridge draw

Tim Shelley (right) could not prevent Doncaster suffering relegation.
Tim Shelley (right) could not prevent Doncaster suffering relegation.

Doncaster Hockey Club have been relegated from the National League after they could only draw 1-1 at Cambridge City in the play-offs.

Skipper Tim Shelley fired home a penalty corner to cancel out Wayne Rowland’s opener in Sunday’s do-or-die decider.

But Doncaster could not force a winner as Cambridge held on to secure their place in next season’s EHL Conference North at the expense of both Doncaster and Whitchurch.

The defeat means that the Town Field men will drop to the third tier of the English league system next season and play in the Northern Premier Division.

Relegation marks a sad decline for Doncaster.

In 2011/12 they finished a lofty fifth in Conference North, while the season before they also reached the National Cup final.

Richard Thomas’s men won just four games during the regular league season, forcing them to play in the relegation play-offs.