Leicester face Clifton challenge in Investec Premier Division

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LAST season’s beaten finalists in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division Championship, Leicester head to Bristol on Saturday for a tough clash against an unbeaten Clifton side.

The Midlands side had to settle for a draw against Surbiton last weekend having led for much of the game until conceding a late goal, and they dropped into the bottom half of the early table as a result.

But victory at Clifton could see them get their early season back on track.

Clifton have been deducted one point for fielding an incorrectly registered player. This decision was made by the IWHL/NPMHL committee and relates to the registration of Helena Faust  who was incorrectly registered and played in their game against Surbiton on 14 September. The club were also fined. The club can appeal against the penalties.

Elsewhere, leaders Canterbury head to newly-promoted Beeston who lie seventh in the table after making a good start to their campaign in the top-flight.

Beeston hammered seven goals past Sutton Coldfield in their only win so far, but Canterbury have the best defence in the league and have conceded just one goal in their opening four matches.

Free-scoring Reading have scored 17 goals so far and could go top if they beat hosts Surbiton, who similarly have also scored 17 goals.

The bottom two clubs in the early table go head to head, with Sutton Coldfield hosting Olton and West Warwickshire. And the University of Birmingham entertain Bowdon Hightown.

Already five points clear at the top of the Investec Conference East, unbeaten Holcombe face second-placed Sevenoaks on Saturday in what could be their toughest challenge yet.

With 20 goals already scored and just one conceded, Holcombe will prove formidable opponents to the Kent outfit, who could only draw with second-bottom Wimbledon last weekend.

Another team on a 100 per cent record, Investec Conference West leaders Buckingham head to strugglers Exe in search of another win, while second-placed Slough host Bristol Firebrands.

And in the Investec Conference North leaders University of Durham host bottom of the table Boots.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 12 2013)

Investec Premier Division
Beeston v Canterbury 12:00
Clifton v Leicester 13:00
Surbiton v Reading 14:00
Sutton Coldfield v Olton and West Warwicks 14:00
Univ of Birmingham v Bowdon Hightown 12:30

Investec Conference East
Harleston Magpies v Chelmsford 12:30
Holcombe v Sevenoaks 16:00
Old Loughtonians v Horsham 12:00
St Albans v East Grinstead 14:45
Wimbledon v Ipswich 14:00

Investec Conference North
Brooklands Poynton v Ben Rhydding 11:45
Loughborough Students v Kendal 12:30
Stourport v Wakefield 12:00
Univ of Durham v Boots 12:00
Whitley Bay & Tynemouth v Doncaster 12:30

Investec Conference West
Barnes v Trojans 12:00
Exe v Buckingham 13:00
Gloucester City v Oxford Hawks 12:00
Slough v Bristol Firebrands 13:00
Swansea City v Oxford Hawks 12:00