SURBITON continued their unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory over rivals Leicester in their first match of 2015 in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.
Sarah Page broke the deadlock for the league leaders after just three minutes and despite Rachel Mack equalising for Leicester, Jo Hunter hit a winner for Surbiton seven minutes from time. This is their tenth win in 12.
Clifton are level on points with Surbiton but are behind on goal difference and have played one more match. They faced rock bottom Beeston who have picked up only one point so far.
There was never any danger of a shock with Claire Thomas getting Clifton off the mark in the first minute before a Dawn Mitchell-Williams double made it 3-0.
Bowdon Hightown moved out of the relegation places with an impressive 4-2 win over Holcombe. Tina Cullen was their hero, scoring twice. Nicola White also scored a brace but found herself on the losing side.
Canterbury were 4-1 winners over Buckingham as Susannah Townsend found the net twice. They are third in the table, eight points ahead of fourth-placed University of Birmingham who lost 2-0 to Reading. Kate Richardson-Walsh scored both of Reading’s goals.
Investec Conference West
Slough are still undefeated in the Investec Conference West and continued their fine form with a 3-1 victory over third-placed Gloucester City. Jess Brooker struck twice for the side that are now eight points clear at the top.
Swansea City are trying to keep Slough in sight and came through a tough test from Trojans to win 3-2.
Cheltenham claimed their fifth point of the season with a 1-1 draw against fellow strugglers Stourport and second from bottom Olton and West Warwicks beat Bristol Firebrands 2-0. A Hannah Griffiths goal proved to be enough for Isca to take a 1-0 win against Oxford Hawks.
Investec Conference North
Wakefield strengthened their grip on the top of the Conference North table with a stunning 6-0 defeat of Whitley Bay and Tynemouth. Sally Walton was their hat-trick hero.
Brooklands Poynton are still level on points in second place following a 3-1 win over Loughborough Students. Annabelle Watton, Jessica Berry and Sarah Newman scored their goals.
Sutton Coldfield moved up to third place with a 3-2 win over Liverpool Sefton and University of Durham beat Kendal by the same score. In the other game in the division, Ben Rhydding were held to a goalless draw by bottom of the table Cannock.
Investec Conference East
Maidenhead moved to within three points of second place in the Investec Conference East with a 4-1 defeat of Horsham. Chantal Frost opened the scoring in the fifth minute and Jane Smith rounded it off in the 67th.
Something major would now have to happen to prevent East Grinstead from topping the table come the end of the season. They are eight points in front, undefeated and they racked up their ninth win this weekend, beating St Albans 2-0 via goals from Zoe Burrell and Sophie Bray.
Bedford are bottom but claimed their third win of the season with a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of Chelmsford. Kate Costin grabbed a brace.
Sevenoaks beat Wimbledon 3-2 and Harleston Magpies’ game against Ipswich ended 0-0.
* Photo shows Lily Elliott of Leicester being tackled by Sarah Page of Surbiton, Feb 7 2015, Credit Matt Henderson.
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Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, February 7 2015):
Investec Women’s Premier Division: Beeston 0, Clifton 3; Buckingham 1, Canterbury 4; University of Birmingham 0, Reading 2; Bowdon Hightown 4, Holcombe 2; Surbiton 2, Leicester 1.
Investec Women’s Conference West: Isca 1, Oxford Hawks 0; Swansea City 3, Trojans 2; Olton and West Warwicks 2, Bristol Firebrands 0; Cheltenham 1, Stourport 1; Slough 3, Gloucester City 1.
Investec Women’s Conference North: University of Durham 3, Kendal 2; Brooklands Poynton 3, Loughborough Students 1; Liverpool Sefton 2, Sutton Coldfield 3; Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 0, Wakefield 6; Ben Rhydding 0, Cannock 0.
Investec Women’s Conference East: Sevenoaks 3, Wimbledon 2; Bedford 3, Chelmsford 0; Maidenhead 4, Horsham 1; East Grinstead 2, St Albans 0; Harleston Magpies 0, Ipswich 0.
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