Investec Women's Hockey League report and results, Nov 28
Rejuvenated Reading scored a 3-1 win at Clifton in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, leaving them seventh in the table and unbeaten in four matches.
They lost their first seven matches but the turnaround has been remarkable, and continued with the win at Clifton. Hannah Leigh scored first after 11 minutes, and scored against early in the second half.
Clifton’s Joanna Carter pulled one back on 57 minutes, but Reading made sure of the win with Liz Hunt scoring two minutes from time.
Elsewhere a strong defensive performance from Buckingham saw them hold out against league leaders University of Birmingham.
But a sole second-half strike from Rebecca Condie spared their blushes and means the students remain unbeaten.
Surbiton also head into the winter break unbeaten after they secured a 4-0 win at home to Holcombe with goals from Emily Atkinson, Abi Robinson, Hannah Coulson and Emmie Le Marchand keeping them in touch with the leaders.
Canterbury in third also claimed a 4-0 win thanks to goals from Grace Balsdon, Dirkie Chamberlain and two from Sarah Kerly as opponents Leicester remain in eighth place.
Bowdon sit one place below them in ninth after they let a 1-0 lead slip to lose 2-1 away at East Grinstead.
Investec Conference East
Amy Sheehan scored twice to help maintain Slough’s eight-point advantage at the top of the Investec Women’s Conference East with a 2-1 win at home to Ipswich.
Charlotte Anderson scored late on to give the bottom-placed side hope, but Ipswich remain winless as Slough stay comfortably clear at the top.
Hampstead and Westminster consolidated second place with a 3-2 win at home against Wimbledon thanks to goals from Fleur Horner, Hayley Turner and Amy Askew.
Cambridge City led 2-0 at St Albans but had to settle for a 3-3 draw after the home side put in a strong second-half showing, whilst Chelmsford lost 2-0 at home to Maidenhead and Sevenoaks drew 2-2 with Harleston Magpies.
Investec Conference North
League leaders Wakefield slipped up in the Investec Women’s Conference North as they were beaten 2-0 at home by Beeston.
Sophie Robinson and Tori Wensley scored either side of the break for Beeston to inflict Wakefield’s second defeat of the season.
Brooklands Poynton moved into second after Ellen Lockhart’s goal helped them defeat Belper 1-0 and cut the gap at the top to five points.
The University of Durham missed the chance to close the gap on the leaders after they were beaten 3-0 away at Liverpool Sefton, a result which sees them drop to third.
Elsewhere Ben Rhydding were 3-1 winners away at bottom of the league Whitley Bay and Tynemouth, whilst Loughborough Students beat Springfields 6-1.
Investec Conference West
Sutton Coldfield made it nine wins out of 11 with a 6-1 victory against the University of Bristol in the Investec Women’s Conference West.
There were goals for Emma McCabe, Claire Florida-James, Sarah Parkinson-Mills, Susan Wood, Charlene Mason and Beth Merriman as the league leaders continued their fine start to the season and leave the students rooted to the bottom.
Swansea City maintained the pressure in second with a comfortable 4-1 win at home to Olton and West Warwicks, whilst Trojans also racked-up a big win with a 6-2 victory over Oxford Hawks.
Elsewhere Gloucester City and Isca played out a 1-1 draw whilst Stourport were 3-1 winners over Bristol Firebrands.
Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 28 2015):
Investec Women's Premier Division: Clifton 1, Reading 3; East Grinstead 2, Bowdon 1; Leicester 0, Canterbury 4; Surbiton 4, Holcombe 0; University of Birmingham 1, Buckingham 0.
Investec Women's Conference East: Chelmsford 0, Maidenhead 2; Hampstead and Westminster 3, Wimbledon 2; Sevenoaks 2, Harleston Magpies 2; Slough 2, Ipswich 1; St. Albans 3, Cambridge City 3.
Investec Women's Conference North: Belper 0, Brooklands Poynton 1; Liverpool Sefton 3, University of Durham 0; Loughborough Students 6, Springfields 1; Wakefield 0, Beeston 2; Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 1, Ben Rhydding 3.
Investec Women's Conference West: Gloucester City 1, Isca 1; Stourport 3, Bristol Firebrands 1; Sutton Coldfield 6, University of Bristol 1; Swansea City 4, Olton & West Warwicks 1; Trojans 6, Oxford Hawks 2.