Reading held to a draw by Bowdon

A 0-0 draw at home to Bowdon Hightown saw Reading drop points in the Investec Women’s Premier Division - a very rare occurrence for the team that have dominated the league so far this season.

Leah Wilkinson, Reading, 500

Having only lost one game and this being their first draw, Reading can afford the draw which sees them 11 points clear of Leicester in second place. But for Bowdon and Hightown, sat sixth in the league, this result comes as a great achievement and also provides them with a valuable point.

In the Investec Women’s Conference East, It was first against second with St Albans travelling to leaders Surbiton. The first half ended in stale mate and was a predictably tight contest between two sides separated by just two points before today. In the second half, Vanessa Roberts nicked it for Surbiton with a goal in the 61st minute.

Chelmsford recorded a 3-0 win over bottom club Horsham to keep pressure on the teams immediately above them in the table. Loren Sherer opened the scoring in the 21st minute before Louisa Taylor hit the second on 29 minutes. After the break, Kate Taylor completed the scoring and another disappointing week for Horsham.

Doncaster caused an upset in the Investec Women’s Conference North with a 3-2 win over Loughborough Students. There was no score in the first half and then the game burst into action in the second period, beginning with a Kate Hewitt strike for Loughborough.

Doncaster came back through Lisa Garbutt and Charlotte Tomlin put them 2-1 up before Giselle Ansley levelled the score for the visitors. But then a goal from Tomlin three minutes from time secured the three points for the Yorkshire side.