Broom target hat-trick for final flourish

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SUNDERLAND Broom firsts can finish eighth in the North East League Premier Division if they complete their season with a third successive victory on Saturday.

The Ashbrooke outfit are ninth ahead of their trip to Jesmond Parish Church, who are one place and one point better off.

Sunderland also have the confidence boost of having beaten Jesmond 3-2 at home earlier in the season.

The Wearsiders go into the game on a high after beating relegated Wilton and Stockton seconds – both 4-3 – on successive weekends.

Sunderland seconds, who look to have avoided bottom place following Stokesley seconds’ points deduction, entertain Intermediate 2 champions Tynedale at Sandhill View on Saturday.

H Durham University firsts blew a two-goal lead in their 2-2 Pensions Hockey League Conference North draw at West Midlands outfit Khalsa.

Jonny Maunder’s penalty corner and a Sam Driver strike had Durham two ahead by the 54th minute, but the hosts instantly replied through David Harris before Jack Wells levelled from a penalty corner nine minutes from time.

With three matches to go, Durham – beaten just once this season – are third, eight points behind leaders Brooklands Manchester University.

Hugh Robinson’s side have their penultimate away match of the campaign at third-bottom Belper on Sunday (2pm).