Clifton go top of Investec Women's Premier Division

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GOALS from Georgie Twigg and Kate Ruszala helped Clifton secure a 2-0 victory at Cannock in Staffordshire on Saturday, a victory which sees them top of the early table in the Investec Women’s Premier Division.

Twigg struck from open play after just four minutes, but Cannock dug in from then on and held the deficit to just one goal until ten minutes from time, when Ruszala’s goal clinched the result.

Over at Altrincham in Cheshire, two goals each from Charlotte Craddock and Susie Rowe helped Canterbury secure a 5-3 victory over hosts Bowdon Hightown.

Also scoring two goals each were Denise Marston-Smith and Emma McCabe, whose strikes helped Olton and West Warwickshire secure a 4-0 win at Leicester – a result which sees Leicester at the bottom of the table.

And the University of Birmingham are third in the table following their 6-3 home win over Sutton Coldfield. Goals from Liz George, Holly Payne, Jo Turnbull and Susie Gilbert helped the hosts to a 4-0 lead, but Sutton Coldfield pulled it back to 4-2 at the break with Helen Morris and Jane Sixsmith scoring.

After the break Kirsty Dawson and Isobel Fullwood scored for Birmingham, and although Celia Butler added another for the visitors it was not enough.

On Sunday, Rebecca Halle helped Reading to a 1-0 win over Slough in front of the club's Super Sunday crowd at Sonning Lane. The result takes the Berkshire women to second in the table, behind league leaders Clifton on goal difference.

In the Investec Women’s Conference North, the University of Durham scored seven goals for a second consecutive weekend to put themselves top of the early table.

Libby Sherriff scored two of their goals, while others came from Louise Boddy, Harriet Moore, Sophie Davies, Sophie Hawkins and Elisa Filarmonico.

But the match was marred by an ankle injury to Whitley Bay & Tynemouth’s Joss Plummer, who hurt her ankle while trying to avoid a lifted ball. After a ten minute delay while she was taken off to hospital, the match continued.

Doncaster beat Liverpool Sefton 2-0 to remain unbeaten so far, while also on maximum points are Beeston (who beat Brooklands Poynton 4-1) and Wakefield Bradford, who won 1-0 at Loughborough Students.

Two goals from Kitty Higgins helped Buckingham go top of the early Investec Women’s Conference West table with a 3-0 win over hosts Team Bath Buccaneers.

Her two goals, plus another from Tracy Jones, helped them to victory.

Barnes Hounslow Ealing are the only other team on maximum points in the West after a 3-1 home win over Exe, with Triona Doyle, Christie Fernside and Liz Nelson all getting on the scoresheet.

And in the Investec Conference East, a hat-trick from Jet Van Zalen ensured Sevenoaks would beat Chelmsford 7-2 and make up for the previous week’s narrow loss.

Ipswich are top of the East table after a 4-0 win over Old Loughtonians, with Annika Broster scoring two of their goals and the others coming from Christabel McWhirter and Micha Knowles.

Surbiton are also unbeaten after beating Maidstone 4-1, with Chloe Strong scoring twice in the second half, while Becky Merchant and Sandra Franklin also scored.