Didsbury beat Doncaster in Investec Women's Cup


The biggest upset in Round One of the Investec Women’s Cup came with Didsbury Northern’s 3-1 win over Doncaster on Sunday.

Didsbury, who play in the Division Two South West league, gave a spirited performance to overcome their Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference North rivals and the hero of the day was Nicky Hill who notched a goal either side of the break to win the game for her side.

Sarah Thorpe had given Doncaster the lead after 14 minutes before Hill levelled four minutes later. Jess Stanley put Didsbury Northern in the driving seat with a goal on 26 minutes. And then Hill capped off a fantastic day for Didsbury with her second just before the hour.

There were no other surprises in the round, with the four Premier Division sides, Clifton, University of Birmingham, Surbiton and Sutton Coldfield all progressing.

Sarah Mills of Sutton Coldfield had a fantastic day in front of goal, scoring five as they put Old Halesonians to the sword.

Surbiton’s game against Maidstone ended in similar fashion, running out comfortable 13-0 winners with Abi Robinson and Vicky Bryant grabbing a hat-trick each.

In some games, teams from the same division faced off. Brooklands Poynton sit third in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference North and they saw off bottom club Ben Rhydding with a 5-0 win.

The two bottom clubs in the Investec Women’s League Conference East battled it out and league form held true as Wimbledon, who have earned three draws, had the beating of Bromley and Beckenham.