Macleod Double Helps Leicester Maintain Pressure

TWO goals from Hannah Macleod helped Leicester secure a 3-1 win over Sutton Coldfield in the Investec Premier Division to keep the pressure on leaders Reading.

Macleod (pictured) scored once in each half to help her side to victory, while Crista Cullen added the other goal for Leicester.

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That result leaves them second in the table, seven points behind Reading who also won 3-1, beating hosts University of Birmingham.

Birmingham had taken a shock lead with Jenna Woolven scoring from a corner routine after eight minutes, but Emily Maguire levelled things on 17 minutes, a scoreline which stood until the break.

After play resumed, Reading stepped up a gear and secured the win with Jess Brooker and Becky Halle scoring on 54 and 58 minutes to secure the win.

Elsewhere, Bowdon Hightown won 2-0 at Clifton with Tina Cullen scoring one in each half.

After losing seven-nil to leaders Reading last weekend, Olton and West Warwickshire had a reversal of fortunes and beat Cannock 7-0 to get back to winning ways.

Denise Marston-Smith and Emma McCabe both scored twice, while their other goals came from Katie Maltman, Naomi James and Emma Rochlin.

In the Conference East, Chelmsford gave their campaign a boost when they beat higher-placed Sevenoaks 4-2 on Saturday.

Two goals from Loren Sherer underpinned the win, while their others came from Georgina Herron and Collette Ager.

Leaders Surbiton enjoyed a 4-0 win at Maidstone, with Chloe Strong scoring two first half goals. Sandra Frankland also scored early in the match, while Vicky Bryan netted in the final minute to wrap-up the win.

Second-placed St Albans kept pace with Surbiton with a 5-0 win over Harleston Magpies, Sammy Archer scoring her first National League hat-trick, while Sarah Cullen scored two early in the second half.

Bottom of the table Staines battled their way to a 2-1 win over hosts Gloucester City in the West Conference, securing only their second win so far this season.

Goalless at half time, the match sprang into life with Mel Martell scoring from a corner after 43 minutes. They doubled their lead on 65 minutes through Danielle Romain, and although Gloucester struck back with a 67th minute Kim Pullon goal, Staines held on.

At the other end of the table, leaders Buckingham won 2-0 at home against Team Bath Buccaneers, goals from Jessica Bloom and Leanne Grimsley giving them the win.

In the North Conference, Liverpool Sefton survived a second half fightback from Doncaster to win 4-3.

They were 3-0 ahead at half time with Charlotte Hobbs, Emma Gaunt and Grace Moffitt scoring first half goals.

Doncaster hit back with Abi Brant scoring twice, before Beth Hardiman made it 4-2 to Liverpool. Ali Bicker added a late goal for the visitors, but it was not quite enough.