Three-Goal Blast Helps Canterbury Beat Olton

THREE goals in four minutes helped Canterbury beat hosts Olton and West Warwickshire 5-1 and give their Investec Women’s Premier Division campaign a boost.

Charlotte Craddock scored the first of her two goals after just four minutes, and the score remained unchanged to the half time break as Olton defended well.

But after the break Canterbury extended their lead with a real purple patch. Kirsty Chambers scored on 47 minutes, and Dilly Newton added a third on 50 minutes before Craddock’s second goal came the very next minute.

Olton hit back with Emma McCabe scoring with five minutes to go, but the final word went to Canterbury with Chambers’ 70th minute strike.

Tina Cullen celebrates

Elsewhere, Tina Cullen (pictured) scored a hat-trick of goals in Bowdon Hightown’s 4-0 home win over Cannock, with Hannah Pike scoring the last goal.

Clifton secured a confident 3-0 win over Slough with Dawn Mitchell, Els Mansell and Zoe Leach scoring their goals, while elsewhere two goals from Katie Long helped Leicester beat hosts University of Birmingham 2-1.

In the Conference West, Buckingham maintained their unbeaten run of six league games with a 2-0 win at Barnes Hounslow Ealing.

After a goalless first half, Leanne Grimsley scored in the 42nd minute, and their lead was doubled on 53 minutes through Joelle Weston.

Three first half goals helped Gloucester City dominate their clash with Exe, although the visitors took an early lead with Linda Webb scoring after just two minutes.

Emma Done bagged the first for Gloucester from a penalty corner, before further goals on 13 and 30 minutes from Kim Pullon and Megan Brazil respectively.

Emily Tompkins netted the final goal six minutes from time.

Trojans won their first match of the season, beating hosts Firebrands 3-1 with goals from Caroline Thorne, Laura Nicholls and Charlotte Cox. Holly Savage scored the home side’s consolation.

Investec Conference East leaders Surbiton battled back from a 2-0 half time deficit to salvage a point from a draw with Ipswich.

Goals from Annika Broster and Christabel Mcwhirter helped Ipswich take a 2-0 lead in the opening 19 minutes, but Surbiton hit back with goals from Becky Merchant on 47 minutes and Vicky Heptonstall on 68 minutes.

In-form St Albans also had to settle for a draw after coming from behind, 1-1 at home against Horsham.

Zeph Hardy had given Horsham the lead after just nine minutes, but St Albans pulled level thanks to Holly Parsons’ 50th minute goal.

A last minute goal from Jo Hunter helped Beeston win 4-3 over visitors Liverpool Sefton and maintain top spot in the Investec Conference North.

The sides were level at 1-1 at half time, until three goals in a ten minute period saw the game burst into life and Liverpool Sefton took a narrow 2-3 lead.

But Eleanor Watton scored on 52 minutes to level, and Hunter’s last minute goal clinched the win.