Danson brace as Reading beat Olton

Alex Danson 450

Team GB star Alex Danson (pictured) was on target twice as Reading jumped up to third with a stunning 6-1 win over Olton and West Warwickshire in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

It was a day to forget for Olton who conceded two penalty strokes in the match, one either side of half time.

Meanwhile, Liz George took her tally for the season to six with a brace against Slough as her University of Birmingham side ran out convincing 5-1 winners.

Clifton jumped above Sutton Coldfield with a win over their rivals today, although at half time it looked unlikely with goals from Charlene Mason, Jane Sixsmith, Jen Parkinson and Sarah Mills giving Sutton Coldfield a 4-2 lead.

But Clifton turned it around in the second half with a goal frenzy led by Els Mansell which saw them win 6-5.

Canterbury go in to the winter break leading on 24 points, even though their match at Leicester was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

The match between Bowdon Hightown and Surbiton suffered the same fate.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (December 1 2012):

Women's Premier Division: Olton & West Warwicks 1, Reading 6; Slough 1, Univ of Birmingham 4; Sutton Coldfield 5, Clifton 6. Postponed: Bowdon Hightown v Surbiton, Leicester v Canterbury.

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.