Reading and Canterbury fight out epic draw

Jane Sixsmith, Sutton Coldfield, 2011, 450

Reading and Canterbury drew 5-5 after a thrilling match in the Investec Women's Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Two goals from Jade Mayne helped Canterbury to a 3-1 lead, with Sarah Kerly scoring the other. However, Reading pulled it back to 3-3 at the break through Jess Brooker, Susie Gilbert and Sam Quek.

Canterbury took the lead with Nikki Triggs scoring on 45 minutes, only for Reading to pull level again with a 53rd minute goal from Emma Thomas.

Lucy Hyams put the visitors back in front on 61 minutes, but Brooker's second goal for Reading gave them a share of the spoils on 63 minutes.

On Saturday, Sutton Coldfield stormed to the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday with a ruthless 7-0 win over lowly Slough on Saturday.

Celia Butler did most of the damage with a hat-trick and Jane Sixsmith (pictured) got her name on the score sheet as usual with a goal either side of the break.

But Surbiton only have themselves to blame for losing their place at the top of the table as they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Leicester, with Vanessa Hawkins and Jo Hunter scoring the goals for the visitors.

Clifton’s game against University of Birmingham resulted in a draw. After Ali Porter had put Clifton ahead two minutes in, Liz George kept her rich vein of form up with a leveller for the visitors.

Emily Defroand’s goal looked to have won it for Birmingham but with nine minutes left, Jo Leigh hit the equaliser for Clifton.

Bowdon Hightown beat Olton & West Warwickshire thanks to two goals from the prolific Tina Cullen.

Buckingham made it five wins from five games to keep their lead in the Investec Conference West with a 2-0 win over Gloucester City.

It was a stern test for Buckingham, with Gloucester starting the day in second. But goals from Jess Bloom and Katrina Nicholson saw them take the win.

In the Investec Conference North, Beeston survived a late scare to record their fourth win of the season to stay top.

Eleanor Watton and Sophie Robinson had given Beeston a two-goal lead over opponents Loughborough Students. With just three minutes left on the clock, Holly Brown pulled one back for the students but Beeston held on for victory.

Harleston Magpies lead the Investec Conference East by a single point after their 4-1 demolition of St Albans. Emma Lee-Smith bagged a brace.

About Investec, title sponsor of the Investec Women’s Hockey League

Investec is an international specialist bank and asset manager that provides a diverse range of financial products and services to a select client base. The group was established in 1974 and has core activities in the UK, South Africa and Australia, employing approximately 7300 employees.

Investec focuses on delivering distinctive profitable solutions for its clients in three core areas of activity, namely Specialist Banking, Wealth & Investment and Asset Management.

Investec sponsors English Test Cricket, the Investec Derby Festival, the England & GB Women’s Hockey team, the South African Women’s Hockey team, Tottenham Hotspur in cup competitions, the Investec Tri Nations Rugby and Investec Super Rugby in New Zealand.