Bowdon Hightown’s hopes of making the play-offs took a knock on Saturday as they failed to move out of fifth in the Investec Women’s Premier Division after losing 2-1 to table-topping Canterbury.
Cara Jones gave Canterbury the lead, smashing the ball home in the 17th minute. Eliza Brett added a second on 41 minutes and although the prolific Tina Cullen found the net for Bowdon, they couldn’t add to it.
The defeat follows their exit from the Maxifuel Super Sixes Championship at the semi final stage a fortnight ago and they will need to turn things around if they are to force their way into play-off contention.
Team GB Olympian Hannah Macleod powered home the only goal of Leicester’s game against struggling Olton and West Warwickshire to keep her team in second and on course for a place in the play-offs.
Reading and Surbiton currently occupy the other places in the top four and they faced each other on Saturday, battling to a 1-1 draw. Vicky Bryant had given visitors Surbiton the lead just after the quarter hour, and they looked to be heading for a win.
But with two minutes remaining, London Olympic ace Alex Danson snatched a crucial equaliser.
Vicky Woolford starred in the biggest win of the day as Sutton Coldfield smashed six past the University of Birmingham.
In the other game in the Investec Premier Division, a Zoe Leach brace helped Clifton to a 4-1 drubbing of rock bottom Slough.
Harleston Magpies muscled their way to the top of the Investec Women’s Conference East with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Bromley and Beckenham.
In the Investec Women’s Conference West, Buckingham’s majestic season continues with their 12th win in 12 games. The latest victims were Staines who went down 3-0.
There was a big game in the Investec Women’s Conference North as leaders Beeston faced second placed University of Durham. Beeston ran out 2-0 winners although both teams are looking very comfortable for the play-offs.
Investec Women’s Hockey League (February 9 2013):
Women's Premier Division: Canterbury 2, Bowdon 1; Clifton 4, Slough 1; Leicester 1, Olton & West Warwicks 0; Reading 1, Surbiton 1; Sutton Coldfield 6, University of Birmingham 1.
Women's Conference East: Chelmsford 1, Wimbledon 0; Harleston Magpies 3, Bromley and Beckenham 0; Horsham 0, St. Albans 2; Old Loughtonians 0, Ipswich 2; Sevenoaks 2, Oxford Hawks 4.
Women's Conference North: Beeston 2, University of Durham 0; Ben Rhydding 2, Wakefield 4; Doncaster 1, Brooklands Poynton 3; Liverpool Sefton 1, Cannock 2; Loughborough Students LHC 4, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 1.
Women’s Conference West: Barnes 1, Gloucester City 3; Bristol Firebrands 1, Stourport 1; Staines 0, Buckingham 3; Swansea City 1, Trojans 2; Taunton Vale 0, Isca 6.