Clifton maintain title push

CLIFTON maintained their push for the Investec Women’s Premier Division title with a confident 4-0 victory over Olton and West Warwickshire on Saturday.

With Reading and Leicester not playing, Clifton were the highest placed team in action. And they completed a routine 4-0 victory away to Olton and West Warwickshire to take their points tally to 25.

This means that they move to within one place of second placed Leicester but with they have played two more games.

The win came through two goals in each half. After just three minutes, Jo Leigh struck from a penalty corner.

In the 18th minute, Els Mansell doubled the lead with a goal from open play. In the second half, Zoe Leach and then Frankie Mayes made sure of the win with further goals.

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Sutton Coldfield are second from bottom in the table but with only two points dividing them and sixth-placed Bowdon Hightown, they will fancy their chances of beating the drop.

Their game against Canterbury yielded a single point, which could prove to be invaluable in the run-in.

A Sophie Manning strike on 19 minutes cancelled out Eliza Brett’s 10th minute opener to see the sides go in 1-1 at half time.

In the second half, the game continued to be an even contest as goals from Mel Clewlow, Lucy Hyams and a brace from Vicky Woolford (pictured above, left) saw a 3-3 result.

University of Birmingham and Slough, side by side in the league showed why with a goal-less stalemate.

In the Investec Women’s Conference North, Beeston stay top after serving out a five-goal shutout of Liverpool Sefton.

Bottom club Northampton Saints are struggling with just two points from 13 games before today, and their fortunes didn’t change with a visit to Loughborough Students.

They found the university team in rare form and Loughborough ended the game with eight goals from seven different scorers.

Loughborough are now level on points with second placed University of Durham and thanks to the goals from today, only two goals off matching their goal difference.

Buckingham remain imperious in the Investec Women’s Conference West and their 2-0 win over Barnes Hounslow Ealing maintains their unbeaten record.

A goal in each half was enough to see them to victory as the defence which has only conceded 10 times in 13 games shut out the opposition.

Surbiton stay top of the Investec Women’s Conference East after a 4-0 win over Ipswich. Vicky Bryant scored a brace with Amy Bryant and Chloe Strong also on target.