Clifton remain unbeaten after 5-0 win


Clifton maintained their 100 per cent start to their Investec Women’s Premier Division campaign with a five-goal whitewash of Olton & West Warwickshire.

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Dawn Mitchell scored her first just four minutes in before Zoe Leach notched the second. In the second half, Liz Sinton and Els Mansell extended the lead before an Olton defender stopped a shot on the line with her foot in the 56th minute. Mitchell stepped up to confidently stroke home her second and Clifton’s fifth.

Canterbury continued their promising start to the season with a convincing 3-1 win against Slough. Slough narrowly avoided relegation last term and lost to Clifton in the opening game of this season so were looking to pick up their first points here.

They started well, Amy Turnbull putting them ahead nine minutes in. But five minutes later Susannah Townsend equalised for Canterbury and goals from Mel Clewlow and Eliza Brett saw them run out worthy winners.

Reigning champions Leicester battled back to grab a point in their game against Bowdon Hightown after the prolific Tina Cullen had put the visitors ahead on ten minutes.

But Leicester rallied and in the 53rd minute they finally got the breakthrough they were looking for and Katie Long (pictured) was on hand to tuck in the equaliser.

University of Birmingham managed to scrape a point from their game against Reading as Faye Curran found the target with four minutes remaining.

Kate Walsh had put Reading ahead and they looked to be on course for their first win of the season before the equaliser came.

Surbiton edged out Sutton Coldfield in a tight match which ended 3-2. Sarah Mills struck first with a hit from a penalty corner on 10 minutes but Sandra Frankland drew Surbiton level. Vicky Woolford restored Sutton Coldfield’s lead but it only lasted two minutes as Amy Bryant came back for Surbiton.

And then in the 60th minute, Surbiton took the lead for the first time through Ali Robinson with what turned out to be the winning goal.

In the Investec Women’s Conference North, Brooklands Poynton put their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Loughborough behind them by thrashing Liverpool Sefton 5-0.

Liverpool had already recorded their first win with a 2-1 victory over Doncaster on the opening day of the season but they couldn’t get anything from this one as Brooklands ran riot.

Cat Savage helped herself to a quick-fire brace, netting in the 11th and 14th minutes - both from penalty corners.

Laura Evans added a third on 20 minutes before Kelly Baxter completed the rout with goals in the 38th and 54th minutes.

Gloucester fired their way to the top of the Investec Women’s Conference West with a 5-0 drubbing of Taunton Vale.

It took them just five minutes to take the lead as Charlotte Lawley found the back board with a shot which resulted from a penalty corner.

Laura Bevan doubled the advantage to take them to 2-0 for half time. And it was more of the same in the second half as Emily Tompkins found the target immediately after the restart.

Megan Brazil and Sarah Jennings scored the other two goals to end a good day for Gloucester.

Chelmsford recovered from their crushing 6-2 defeat at St Albans last week to keep it tight at the back and beat Bromley an Beckenham 3-0 with goals from Kat Hales, Rebecca McGuiness and Collette Ager. Hales opened the scoring with a penalty stroke and missed another penalty in the 59th minute.