Reading seal Slough's fate

The Investec Women’s Premier Division reached a thrilling climax on Saturday as Reading faced Slough in a game that would go some way to deciding Slough’s fate.

Alex Danson, Reading, 500

With Reading having already secured top spot in the league, Slough were hopeful that they could cause an upset and overhaul Sutton Coldfield in eighth place.

But the occasion proved to be too much for Slough as they went down 8-1. Reading did what they have done all season, scoring heavily and defending stoutly.

The team’s performances this season have been exceptional and Alex Danson (pictured) has been in blistering form. She took the plaudits again today, wrapping up a hat-trick with a penalty stroke in the final minute of the game. These goals make her the top scorer in the league with a total of 18.

Leicester have also impressed this season and they signed off with a 2-0 win over Olton and West Warwickshire.

They had to wait until the 64th minute for the first goal when Anne Panter scored from a penalty corner before Katie Long scored the second in the final minute.

Cannock have gone all season without recording a single point and their last day in the premier division wasn’t a happy one as they lost 6-1 to Clifton. Zoe Leach was the pick of the players, scoring a second half hat-trick.

Canterbury enjoyed a slender 2-1 victory over Bowdon Hightown which sees them finish in third place.

In the other game of the day, Sutton Coldfield lost 2-1 to University of Birmingham but they still managed to survive for another season by just one point.

The Investec Women’s Conference West reached a dramatic conclusion with the top two teams playing each other.

The winner of the game between Buckingham and Swansea would finish top and go to the play offs whilst the loser would face another season in the conference.

It was Buckingham who took their chance with a 3-0 victory. Kitty Higgins got them off the best possible start, driving home from a penalty corner after just two minutes of play.

At the bottom of the table, Isca and Exe faced each other in a relegation dog fight. The losing side would face relegation, the winner would get the consolation of relegation play offs.

It was Team Bath Buccaneers who lived to fight another day with a 4-1 win. Linda Webb took the lead for Exe but Bath fought back to record a vital three points.

In the Investec Women’s Conference North, Beeston secured their place in the promotion play offs as they prevailed over Whitley Bay and Tynemouth.

Charlotte Stapenhorst opened the scoring through a penalty stroke after 18 minutes before Eleanor Watton doubled the lead.

Whitley Bay struck back through Julie Hope but a Nikki Ward brace in the second half saw Beeston beat University of Durham to top spot by two points.

That was despite Durham hitting six past relegated Northampton with no reply. Springfields were already confirmed as the team to face relegation play offs - they lost 4-0 to Loughborough.

In the Investec Women’s Conference East, Old Loughtonians got the point they needed to avoid relegation or relegation play offs with a 0-0 draw against Maidstone. The result sees Maidstone relegated on goal difference. Horsham must face the relegation play offs after drawing 2-2 against Ipswich.

First played second as Surbiton travelled to Sevenoaks with top spot already in the bag. The result was a 2-2 draw, showing just how closely matched the teams are.