TROJANS Ladies have qualified for the National League phase of England Women’s Hockey’s Super Sixes in the most dramatic style.

Lizzie Gittens scored with the last shot of the six-team South Division 2 indoor tournament at Whitgift School to give Trojans a last gasp 3-2 win over Sevenoaks – and a place in the National League on Saturday week, writes Mike Vimpany.

Gittens converted a penalty corner drag flick with the final play to clinch Trojans third place in the competition, behind Ipswich and Chelmsford.

“We had only a very small squad available but they worked incredibly hard throughout and in the end got the reward they deserved,” said coach Chris Gittens.

“The girls showed fantastic character to dig in when the legs were failing and keep pushing for the final win we needed against Sevenoaks to qualify.

Trojans opened with draws against Horsham (2-2) and Chelmsford (3-2), but scored a key 5-1 win over Harrow.

Ipswich inflicted their only defeat by a 2-1 margin, but Gittens’ last gasp winner against Sevenoaks got Trojans through.

The likelihood is that they will face the Army, Beeston, Chelmsford, Ipswich and Stourport in National Indoor Division 2.

The only drawback is that the tournament is miles away in Bradford.

“Nonetheless, it was a very pleasing result and a small step in the right direction for the ladies who have experienced a tough few years indoors,” Gittens added.