Sutton Coldfield Edge Olton in Thriller

The day’s opening match of the Investec Women’s Premier Division between Olton & West Warwickshire and Sutton Coldfield was a pulsating affair which saw the game turn dramatically in the second half.

Olton and West Warwickshire were hosting Sutton Coldfield and being just two points ahead of their visitors in the league, they were determined to produce a good performance.

In the first half, that’s exactly what they did and looked in complete control with goals from Denise Marston-Smith, Kirsty Cole and Rachel Clift.

The only blip for them was conceding a penalty stroke after 14 minutes but Sutton Coldfield’s Jenny Parkinson missed the chance to put her side ahead.

But the second half was a different story with Sutton Coldfield scoring goals in the 59th, 62nd and 67th minutes. With the game heading for a tie, Charlotte Cross struck in the 69th minute to complete the comeback for Sutton Coldfield.

It was top against bottom in the Reading versus Cannock match and there was to be not upset with Reading running out comfortable 7-0 winners.

Elizabeth Hunt, Reading, 500

Elizabeth Hunt (pictured above, centre) helped herself to a hat-trick and Liana Smith and Helen Richardson got two each. The result leaves Cannock with no points and a goal difference of -58.

Second placed Leicester made sure that they did all they could to keep up with Reading by beating Slough 4-0 at home.

Hannah Macleod, Vanessa Hawkins, Katie Long and Kerry Williams scored the goals to put their team within seven points of the leaders.

Chelmsford produced a shock in the Investec Women’s Conference East when they shutout unbeaten Surbiton to win by a single goal. Loren Sherer put the visitors ahead after 41 minutes but Surbiton won a penalty stroke in the final minute of the game. But it was missed and Chelmsford left with the points.

In one of only two games in the Investec Women’s Conference West, Buckingham kept up their unbeaten run with a 2-0 victory over Firebrands.

Samantha Sandham and Charlotte Bracken hit the second half goals as their defence once again stood strong to the opposition’s attack.

In the Investec Women’s Conference North, there was only one game played and that was between Doncaster and Wakefield Bradford.

Wakefield Bradford left Doncaster with the points thanks to goals from Heather Stafford, Katy Bingle and Rosie Tootell. They now sit fourth, level on points with Brooklands and with a single goal extra in the goal difference column.