Reading Hit Back from Half Time Deficit to Beat Clifton

Trailing one-nil at half time, leaders Reading hit back to beat Clifton 3-2 in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Clifton took the lead just before half time with Aileen Davis scoring from a penalty corner on 32 minutes.

Alex Danson, Reading, 500

Reading hit back just two minutes after play resumed through Alex Danson (pictured), and Emma Thomas scored on 39 minutes to help Reading bounce back to a 2-1 lead.

Clifton pulled level on 41 minutes through Georgie Twigg, and the match continued to be even. When Helen Richardson missed a 64th minute penalty stroke the match looked destined to be a draw, but Danson popped up in the last minute to score the winner and help Reading maintain their seven point lead at the top of the table.

Second-placed Leicester ran out 5-0 winners at Cannock after a strong second half saw them secure the points.

Hannah Macleod scored on 14 minutes for the visitors, and that was the only goal of the first half.

However, Katie Long doubled their lead on 42 minutes, and further scores from Chloe Rogers on 50 minutes, Vanessa Hawkins on 52 minutes and finally Crista Cullen on 65 minutes completed the scoring.

Two first half goals from Jen Wilson in the space on three minutes proved enough for Canterbury to beat University of Birmingham 2-1.

Her strikes, both from open play, came on 21 and 24 minutes. Susie Gilbert pulled one back for the visitors on 61 minutes, but it was not enough to avoid defeat.

Sutton Coldfield and Slough battled out a thrilling 2-2 draw in their clash.

Goals from Charlene Mason on 11 minutes and Harriet Cunningham on 28 minutes left the score at 1-1 at the break.

Slough scored what they thought was the winner when Alex Scott converted a 69th minute penalty stroke, but Vicky Woolford pulled the home side level in the final few seconds to ensure a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere, Bowdon Hightown lost out 3-4 in their home match against Olton and West Warwickshire.

Katie Maltman scored twice for the visitors, while other goals came from Denise Marston-Smith and Fiona Davies.

Jen Rowe, Sophie Crosley and Nicky O’Donnell scored for Bowdon, but it was not enough.

Louisa Boddy scored a hat-trick of goals to help the University of Durham secure an emphatic 7-1 win away at Liverpool Sefton in the Conference North.

Third-placed University of Durham have averaged almost four goals per match for the first half of the season – the second best in the North Conference – and they showed just why with a strong performance in the North West.

Cherry Seaborn opened their account with a goal in the 14th minute from a well-worked penalty corner routine, and Louisa Boddy doubled their lead on 29 minutes, again from a corner.

They led 3-0 at the break with Seaborn scoring right on the stroke of half time, and they continued to rack up the goals with Boddy scoring her second on 49 minutes before Elisa Filarmonico adding another from open play on 50 minutes.

Boddy completed her hat-trick on 54 minutes to put her side 6-0 ahead.

Liverpool Sefton hit back with Clare Panter scoring on 55 minutes from a penalty corner, but it was little more than a consolation and Durham completed their scoring with Samantha Smith adding the final goal on the hour mark.