Premier sides reign in Investec Women's Cup

Jane Sixsmith, Sutton Coldfield, 2011, 450

All but one of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division sides progressed to the third round of the Investec Women’s Cup on Sunday, some with less hassle than others.

Round two’s big game saw Sutton Coldfield, who are second in the Premier Division, take on Surbiton, who are just below them in third.

As expected it was a very close game, but the side with the edge in the league had the edge on the day as Sutton Coldfield ran out 2-1 winners after extra time.

Jane Sixsmith (pictured) had put Sutton Coldfield ahead just before the break but Amy Bryant pegged the score back for Surbiton on 58 minutes.

Another Premier Division side, Clifton, squeezed their way through the round with a 3-2 win over Maidenhead thanks to goals from Els Mansell, Liz Sinton and Izzy Palmer.

Then in the ninth minute of extra time, Vicky Woolford popped up to slot home a penalty corner to win the game.

There were no real surprises in the second round of the Investec Women’s Cup although there were some massive score lines as the Premier and Conference sides battled it out with the smaller teams.

The biggest win of the day was the 18-0 demolition that Sevenoaks served up to Fareham Jet Van Zalen and Lucy Wood both hitting an unprecedented five goals apiece.

But the Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference East side weren’t the only team to reach double figures.

Beeston, who currently occupy the top spot in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference North, brought their form into the competition as they swept aside Norwich City. Sophie Robinson claimed an incredible double hat-trick, bagging six of her team’s goals in a 13-0 drubbing.

There were two 11-0 score lines in the second round, with Bristol Firebrands and Chelmsford on fire in front of goal.

Firebrands took on Phoenix of Essex and Linda Webb starred, hitting five goals for the Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference West team.

The Bristol side will hope that the confidence boost this win gives them will be able to help their push up the table from fifth place when they return to league action.

The other 11-0 win came in the Spalding v Chelmsford match, with visiting Chelmsford too hot for the home side to handle.

Cat Hales led the scoring, going on to hit three after opening her side’s account after just four minutes.