Clifton and Leicester women draw

Hannah Macleod, 450


Leaders Clifton travelled to Leicester to face a difficult tie against the reigning champions, but honours were even at 2-2 in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Leicester took the lead after 24 minutes as Hannah Macleod (pictured) met a penalty corner with a firm shot that flew into the Clifton goal.

But Els Mansell restored parity just five minutes later and at half-time the score was 1-1. Macleod struck again on 50 minutes – this time from open play.

But Emily Atkinson’s strike on the hour levelled the scores once more and as the whistle sounded at the end of the game, a hard fought draw seemed a fair result.

Surbiton remain undefeated after seeing off Olton and West Warwickshire with a 2-1 away win thanks to goals from Amy and Vicky Bryant.

Bowdon Hightown thrashed University of Birmingham 4-0, despite Tina Cullen missing a penalty stroke and Sutton Coldfield battled to a 3-3 draw with Canterbury.

In the Investec Women’s Conference East, Sevenoaks’ perfect start to the season came to an abrupt halt as Oxford Hawks beat them 2-0.

Rebecca Hibbert put the Hawks one up 12 minutes in and then the killer blow came just two minutes later when they were awarded a penalty and Takara Haines kept her cool to convert.

There were two teams with perfect records in the Investec Women’s Conference North and they faced each other today.

It was a terrific clash and goals from Pippa Lewis, Emma Onien and Cherry Seaborn saw University of Durham go 3-2 up at half time.

But Beeston weren’t finished yet and Nikki Ward notched her second of the game to draw level. But there was another twist to come and on 64 minutes, Sophie Hawkins powered home from a penalty corner to take the win for Durham.

Buckingham went top of the Investec Women’s Conference West on goal difference after a thumping 5-0 demolition of Staines.

There was only one goal in the first half, a Fiona Farley strike on 14 minutes. But the second half was a different story with Jess Bloom bagging a brace and Katrina Nicholson scoring.

Zoe Shipperley made it five in the final minute but it could have been more – Elspeth Cockburn missed a penalty stroke in the 67th minute.

* On Sunday, Reading scored their first win of the season in the Investec Women’s Premier Division with a 2-1 victory over Slough. Amanda Potgeiter put them ahead after 35 minutes and Jess Brooker doubled the lead on 51 minutes.

Slough, who are yet to record a single point in the league, almost found a way back in when they were awarded penalty stroke which Amy Sheehan converted.

But there was no further scoring in the game and the result sees Reading at seventh in the table, with Slough two places below.