Marjon survival hopes lifted by Ansley's last-gasp strike
CARMEN ANSLEY scored a last-minute winner as depleted Plymouth Marjon scored a surprise 3-2 win at Bournemouth in the West Clubs' Women's Hockey League top flight.
Plymouth – still not assured of a Premier One place next season – fought back from 2-1 down in the second half to win thanks to two, late goals.
Rachel Stannard levelled with 10 minutes remaining and then Ansley – whose sister Giselle recently debuted for England's senior women's team in South Africa – claimed a crucial three points for relegation-haunted Plymouth.
Noelle Farrell scored for Plymouth in the first half as Heather Dixon's side went in 1-1 at the interval.
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Dixon admitted: "Selection this week was difficult as we were missing a lot of the usual first team squad and a players' car broke down on the way so we only had 11 players."
Plymouth's win hoists them to eighth place in the 12-team table with two games remaining and a three point advantage over last day opponents Firebrands 2, who are third from bottom and facing relegation unless they move out of the basement three.
Next Saturday Plymouth host top of the table Exe, who need to win to ensure promotion back to the National League after one season in the regional division.
Firebrands' shock 1-0 win at fourth-placed Clifton 2 a week after beating Exe 4-2 means they have given themselves a late chance of staving off relegation, while condemning basement side Bristol University to the drop.
Bude's 5-1 win at seventh-placed Penzance confirms them as promoted South Division champions, while Falmouth moved up to second following a 4-1 win over Cornish rivals Caradon, whose scorer was Laura Tuxford.
Fourth-placed Plym Valley lost 3-2 at home to eighth-placed Plymouth Marjon 2, who host Okehampton next Saturday before a last day trip to runaway champions Bude on Saturday, March 23.
Trelawney One leaders Tavistock remain two points clear of second-placed Duchy with two rounds left.
Tavistock won 4-0 at second from bottom Mannamead 2, while Duchy triumphed 9-0 at Camborne School of Mines, Tavistock's last day visitors.
This Saturday the leaders host eighth-placed Bodmin.
Plymouth Marjon seemed set to finish fourth in the men's regional Davis Wood Hockey League.
The Reds' impressive six-match Premiership win streak was ended 6-2 at third-placed Bristol University despite an opening goal for Dutch ace Guido Vaes.
Matt Bell also scored for Plymouth, who trailed 3-1 at half-time.
University of Plymouth need a point from their final Conference South match at University of Exeter D to clinch promotion to the Championship.
The students beat visitors Taunton Vale A 10-2 at Lipson Community College to move two points clear of PGSOB, who drew 4-4 with fifth-placed University of Exeter D.
Jon Brooker (2) Marcus Haes and Gareth Roberts scored for PGs.
Sixth-placed Plymouth Marjon A prevailed 5-4, at Bridgwater, thanks to strikes from Jevon Rimmer (2) John Whitfield, Tom Hodgins and an own goal.
Promoted OPMs will clinch the Southern One championship with a win at Truro on Saturday following their 5-3 home success against Penzance.
OPMs fought back from 3-1 down to win thanks to a hat-trick by vice captain Aaron West.
Lewis Gunn-Colling and an own goal contributed to OPMs' win.