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The five matches in the Investec Women’s Premier Division account most of this weekend’s action in the Investec Women’s Hockey League.
However, there is one other fixture on the card as Liverpool Sefton and University of Durham play their rearranged tie in Investec Women’s Conference North. 

Remember, you can follow all of the results on Twitter (@EnglandHockey and @SnowdonSports) and in our end of the day round-up on the website. To follow specific league topics on Twitter, use the following hashtags.

#investechockey - general hashtag for the Investec Women's Hockey League
#ehlwprem - Investec Women's Premier Division
#ehlwnorth - Investec Women's Conference North
#ehlweast - Investec Women's Conference East
#ehlwwest - Investec Women's Conference West

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Investec Women's Premier Division

Much of the interest in the Investec Women’s Premier Division this weekend lies in what is a very tight mid table battle.  Three points separates EuroCanterbury in third from Slough in sixth while Bowdon Hightown sit just a point further back.  The Cheshire side recorded a surprise victory at Clifton last week but they host high scoring Olton & West Warwickshire, who put seven past Cannock last time out.  The result, which included doubles from Emma Mccabe and Denise Marston-Smith, means the Olton now has the second best ‘goals for’ record in the table, behind league leaders Reading.  The table toppers are guaranteed to be top of the tree at Christmas having won nine of their opening ten matches.  And they’ll be looking to make it ten from 11 this weekend at home to fourth placed Clifton.

Nearest title challengers Leicester were 3-1 winners at home to Sutton Coldfield last weekend with the goals coming courtesy of Great Britain stars Hannah Macleod and Crista Cullen.  This weekend Leicester travel to lowly Cannock, who have lost every match since coming up. After last weekend’s defeat to West Warwickshire, Cannock will likely to looking forward to the winter break as a chance to regroup and refocus for the second half of the season.  A point or more on Saturday would be a welcome early present for the Staffordshire side. 

Just one place but ten points above Cannock is University of Birmingham.  The students occupy ninth spot having been on a bit of a slide after starting the season encouragingly.  As part of that early season form they beat this weekend’s opponents EuroCanterbury 4-2.  Since then though the two sides’ fortunes have differed greatly as EuroCanterbury have climbed to third in the table.  It is not outside the realms of mathematical possibility that EuroCanterbury could go into the break ahead of Leicester but for that to happen Leicester would need to lose to Cannock and EuroCanterbury beat University of Birmingham. 

The team that the Birmingham Students have their eyes on is Sutton Coldfield.  Newly promoted this season, the Midlanders have acquitted themselves well in recent weeks and although they lost at Leicester last weekend, they will be pleased that recent form has lifted them into the relative safety of eighth.  On Saturday, Sutton Coldfield host a Slough side aiming to break into the top five for Christmas.  Slough sit two points behind Clifton and Olton & West Warwicks, and have an inferior goal difference.  However, if results go their way they could be the ones sitting above the line until the league resumes in February.

Investec Women’s Conference North

The previous attempt to stage Liverpool Sefton versus University of Durham was called off when the Durham bus broke down en route, forcing the postponement of the tie.  This time around all will be hoping there are no more mechanical mishaps.  Liverpool Sefton go into the match in eighth and cannot improve on that or be caught before Christmas.  Points would be greatly welcome though as they would provide a cushion back to Springfields who are ninth, behind Liverpool Sefton on goal difference alone.  University of Durham meanwhile could climb to third with a victory on Saturday.


About Investec, title sponsor of the Investec Women's Hockey League

Investec LogoInvestec is an international specialist bank and asset manager that provides a diverse range of financial products and services to a select client base. The group was established in 1974 and has core activities in the UK, South Africa and Australia, employing approximately 7300 employees.

Investec focuses on delivering distinctive profitable solutions for its clients in three core areas of activity, namely Specialist Banking, Wealth & Investment and Asset Management.

Investec sponsors English Test Cricket, the Investec Derby Festival, the England & GB Women’s Hockey team, the South African Women’s Hockey team, Tottenham Hotspur in cup competitions, the Investec Tri Nations Rugby and Investec Super Rugby in New Zealand.