Goalless Thriller in Premier Division Clash

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TITLE challengers Canterbury and Leicester battled out a thrilling 0-0 draw in their Investec Women’s Premier Division clash on Saturday.

Crista Cullen missed a penalty stroke just three minutes in to the match, and it proved to be their best chance all game as the scores remained level, despite both sides playing some superb hockey.

Lauren Penny scored a hat-trick for Slough to help them to a 3-1 home win over Bowdon Hightown, for whom Sally Walton scored their only goal.

Sutton Coldfield secured a 3-1 win at bottom of the table Cannock. Vicky Woolford, Jane Sixsmith and Celia Butler scored their goals, while Cannock’s consolation came from the penalty spot through Jess Wood.

Clifton won 2-0at University of Birmingham, Aileen Davies scoring from a penalty corner after 14 minutes, while Georgie Twigg scoring their second on 38 minutes from open play.

And on Sunday, Alex Danson scored a hat-trick for Reading to help them win 7-0 over Olton and West Warwickshire.

In the Conference West, Team Bath Buccaneers secured their second league win of the season when they beat Isca 2-1.

Amy Sheehan had put the visitors ahead with a 30th minute goal, but Jess Cremin hit back with a 51st minute field goal for Team Bath before Dani Black scored the winner from open play with just two minutes left.

Leaders Buckingham remain the only unbeaten team in the league following their 4-0 win over Exe.

Katrina Nicholson gave them a 1-0 lead with her eighth minute goal, but they secured a comfortable victory with second half strikes from Anita Bazini, Charlotte Bracken, and Tracy Jones.

Meanwhile, second placed Swansea kept pace with Buckingham with a 4-1 win over Staines.

Title-chasing St Albans suffered a set-back when they were held to a 0-0 draw at Old Loughtonians on Sunday.

Leaders Surbiton opened up a two-point lead on St Albans when they registered a 4-0 win at Harleston Magpies, with Penny Strong scoring two goals.

And Sevenoaks ran out emphatic 6-1 winners at Horsham, with Lucy Wood and Sarah Bolton both scoring two goals.

In the North Conference, leaders Wakefield Bradford left it late before beating Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 2-0. Cat Horn scored on 58 minutes and Gwen Smith on 61 minutes to ensure they took the points.

Second-placed Loughborough Students won 3-1 at home against University of Durham, Phoebe Richards, Rachel Malcolm and Laura Unsworth scoring the crucial goals, all from open play.

And Doncaster boosted their points difference with a 7-0 win over Springfields, Aby Brant scoring twice while others came from Lauren Firth, Ali Bicker, Charlotte Tomlin, Lisa Garbutt and Emma Pledge.