HEREFORD Women's Hockey team suffered a blow in their bid to secure the West Clubs Women's Hockey League North title after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of mid-table BAC.

With 10 points separating eight teams the title race looks to be going down to the wire.

Tess Longford scored Hereford's only goal during the 2-1 defeat while Leominster suffered a 4-1 defeat to Westberries seconds in the same league.

The men's side kept their survival chances alive going into the final two matches with a 5-1 victory over Whitchurch A.

Going into the deciding matches Hereford sit inside the danger zone but five teams are within five points of them in the battle for survival.

Leominster first team sit at the opposite end of the table and have already clinched promotion.

They made it a clean sweep of 11 wins from 11 home matches beating Cardiff & Met C 7-1 in their last home fixture of the season.

In the first half Dan Petrie netted a brace while Nicko Evans was also on the score sheet as they took a 3-0 lead.

After the break the home club turned up the pressure and scored a further four goals with three more for Petrie and another for Shaun Hill.

Leominster captain Jack Rowsell said: “To finish the season not only unbeaten at home but to win all 11 matches is a fantastic effort by the team, whilst we can't now win the league our promotion is secured so we hope to improve our away form in our last two games of the season.”