Leaders Reading Make no Mistake

Reading showed why they sit top of the Investec Women’s Premier Division with a 3-0 victory over second placed Leicester on Saturday. With a record with just one loss and no draws, they are now ten points clear at the top and it’s difficult to see them getting caught.

Alex Danson gave them the lead inside three minutes with a goal from open play. Leicester managed to limit the damage and held firm to half time.

Jen Wilson, Canterbury, 500

But then in the second half, goals from Emma Thomas and Lisa Letchford saw Reading run out comfortable winners and Leicester are now looking over their shoulders at Clifton and Canterbury who are both in touching distance after winning their games today.

In the first game of the day, Clifton hosted Sutton Coldfield and it was all over by half time. Els Mansell was on target in the first minute and goals from Zoe Leach, Fleur Horner and another from Els Mansell made it 4-0 by the break. There were to be no further goals in the second half and the win takes Clifton to within one point of Leicester.

Canterbury are just one point behind Clifton and now level on goal difference following a 9-3 thrashing of bottom club Cannock. It’s been a miserable campaign for Cannock and it didn’t get any better today although there were signs of what they are capable of.

In 15 games, the side have only scored seven goals with three of them coming today. Hits from Jade Marsh, Chloe Mcintosh and Holly Turbill saw them drawing the game 3-3 at half time.

But Canterbury blitzed their goal in the second period and Jen Wilson (pictured above) ended the game with a hat-trick. Grace Balsdon and Lucy Hyams helped themselves to two goals each.

Bowdon Hightown and University of Birmingham are separated by only two points in the premier division and with Birmingham occupying the second from bottom spot, they need to be getting something from the teams around them.

Today, they could only manage a draw against Bowdon. Jenna Woolvern put them ahead only for Hannah Pike to respond minutes later. The second half was goalless and leaves the midlands team in a precarious situation.

Olton and West Warwicks managed to keep within five points of Canterbury with a close fought win over Slough. The game was tied at 2-2 at half time and then a Rachel Clift strike on 57 minutes was enough for them to take all the points.

In the Investec Women’s Conference North, Wakefield travelled to Northampton hoping to keep their push on the top three alive against the team at the foot of the table.

Braces for Cat Horn, Heather Stafford and Molly Rawnsley saw them leave with a 10-0 win.

Surbiton stay top of the Investec Women’s Conference East after a 3-0 win over Old Loughtonians and in the Investec Women’s Conference West, Buckingham remain undefeated with a 2-1 win over Gloucester City.