Battling Bowdon Hightown go down to Reading

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Bowdon Hightown held leaders Reading to a goalless draw until half time, but two second half strikes gave Reading another win in the Investec Women's Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Alex Danson (pictured, battling with Bowdon's Lisa Crewe) broke the deadlock with a 37th minute strike, before Becky Halle doubled their lead three minutes later.

Canterbury battled back from a one-goal half time deficit to beat rivals Clifton 3-2 in the Investec Women’s Premier Division on Sunday.

Jo Leigh’s 19th minute goal gave the visitors the lead at Polo Farm, and they retained the edge until the second half.

Nikki Kidd pulled Canterbury back level with a 43rd minute strike from a penalty corner, and three minutes later an own goal gave them the lead.

Kidd’s second goal came from a penalty stroke on 62 minutes, and although Clifton managed to pull one back through Zoe Leach on 69 minutes, Canterbury held out for the win.

Surbiton climbed up to third in the table after they beat hosts Beeston 6-2. They were four goals up at the break thanks to Sandra Frankland, Giselle Ansley, Sarah Page and Sarah Haycroft.

Second half strikes from Ansley and Vicky Bryant sealed the win, while Beeston’s goals came from Phoebe Richards and Lottie Porter.

University of Birmingham beat hosts Sutton Coldfield 2-1 thanks to goals from Hannah Martin and Jo Turnbull, while Jane Sixsmith scored the home side’s goal.

And Leicester cruised to an 8-1 win over bottom of the table Olton and West Warwickshire. Katie Long scored a hat-trick and Hannah Fair added two in the win, which moves Leicester up to fourth.

Slough’s lead at the top of the Investec Conference West was cut to just one point as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Swansea, who scored in the 70tyh minute to salvage a point.

With Buckingham winning 3-0 at Gloucester City, they are now just one point behind Slough.

Wakefield maintained the lead in the Investec Conference North thanks to a 2-1 win over Whitley Bay and Tynemouth. Sally Walton scored both their goals.

And rivals Brooklands Poynton won 2-0 against Kendal, while former leader University of Durham could only draw, 1-1 at Stourport.

St Albans beat leaders Holcombe 2-1 in the Investec Conference East, with goals coming from Sarah Embrey and Natasha Humphris.

* Photo by Roger Evans.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 17 2013):

Investec Premier Division: Beeston 2, Surbiton 6; Bowdon 0, Reading 2; Canterbury 3, Clifton 2; Leicester 8, Olton & West Warwicks 1; Sutton Coldfield 1, University of Birmingham 2.

Investec Conference East: East Grinstead 2, Harleston Magpies 1; Holcombe 1, St. Albans 2; Ipswich 1, Old Loughtonians 1; Sevenoaks 2, Horsham 1; Wimbledon 1, Chelmsford 1.

Investec Conference North: Boots 2, Loughborough Students 2; Brooklands Poynton 2, Kendal 0; Doncaster 1, Ben Rhydding 2; Stourport 1, University of Durham 1; Wakefield 2, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 1.

Investec Conference West: Barnes 2, Exe 0; Bristol Firebrands 0, Oxford Hawks 4; Gloucester City 0, Buckingham 3; Isca 7, Trojans 1; Slough 2, Swansea City 2.