Hockey Men's Nationals: Services, Haryana, U.P register wins to stay afloat

Services Sports Control Board stayed in the second position in Pool A with a 5-1 victory over Indian Universities.

Representative Image: SSCB, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh all recorded crucial wins to stay in the competition.   -  S. S. Kumar

Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Canara Bank on Monday registered crucial wins in their respective pool matches to stay in contention for a quarterfinal berth at the ninth Hockey India Senior Men National Championship (Division A) here.

In a pool A match SSCB defeated Association of Indian Universities 5-1, while Haryana eked out a close 2-1 win over Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in pool B. Uttar Pradesh defeated Punjab National Bank (PNB) 1-0 in pool C, while Canara Bank beat Namdhari XI 3-1 in pool D.

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With just one more day of round robin matches left, defending champions Punjab continue to lead pool A with SSCB in second spot.

In pool B, Petroleum Sports Control Board remained unbeaten to lead the chart while Haryana stands a close second, while Railway Sports Promotion Board is atop poll C ahead of Uttar Pradesh Hockey.

In pool D, Air India Sports Promotion Board is at the top ahead of Karnataka.