Surbiton beat Clifton to maintain title fight

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SURBITON closed the gap to the leaders in the Investec Women’s Premier Division when they battled to a 2-0 win at Clifton on Saturday.

With the top two teams - Reading and Canterbury - playing each other in Sunday’s big match, Surbiton narrowed the gap to just two points.

Their game against Clifton looked to be headed for a 0-0 draw until Jenna Woolven popped up in the 63rd minute, tucking the ball home for the lead. And three minutes later, Sarah Page made sure of the points, scoring a second.

Bowdon Hightown are four points behind Surbiton after taking a convincing 4-1 win on the road against struggling Olton and West Warwickshire.

Lisa-Emma Crewe opened the scoring for the visitors after 15 minutes but Olton struck back through Amie Hone – only their sixth goal of the season.

The stalemate lasted until five minutes after the break with Natalie Wray finding the target to put Bowdon back into the lead. They effectively killed the game off from then on as Sophie Crosley and Fay Nash adding to the tally.

Leicester held on to fourth spot in the table, thanks to a strike from Jo Hunter. Their game against University of Birmingham was goalless until Hunter notched the only goal of the game with ten minutes remaining.

Sutton Coldfield breezed past Beeston with a comfortable 3-0 score line. Jane Sixsmith, Sarah Mills and Emma Mccabe all found the net.

Slough held on to their lead at the top of the Investec Conference West with a 4-0 victory over Trojans. After taking the lead in the eighth minute through Christie Fearnside, Philipa Newton added a second before the break. Then, in the second half, Charly Brydon and Leanne Ryan completed the task.

An injury time goal from Sarah Bell saw Wakefield lose top spot in the Investec Conference North as Ben Rhydding held them to a 3-3 draw. Wakefield were leading 3-1 going into the final ten minutes of the match but Ben Rhydding were awarded a penalty stroke. They missed the chance but amazingly rallied and still managed to draw level through Jen Wilson and Bell. Brooklands Poynton are top after beating Stourport 2-1.

Holcombe maintained their standing as top club in the Investec Conference East with a 2-1 win over Wimbledon courtesy of goals from Megan Frazer and Nicci Daly.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 23 2013):

Investec Women's Premier Division: Clifton 0, Surbiton 2; Leicester 1, University of Birmingham 0; Olton & West Warwicks 1, Bowdon 4; Sutton Coldfield 3, Beeston 0.

Investec Women's Conference East: Chelmsford 2, East Grinstead 2; Harleston Magpies 1, St. Albans 1; Ipswich 0, Horsham 4; Sevenoaks 5, Old Loughtonians 1; Wimbledon 1, Holcombe 2.

Investec Women's Conference North: Boots 2, Doncaster 1; Stourport 1, Brooklands Poynton 2; University of Durham 0, Loughborough Students 1; Wakefield 3, Ben Rhydding 3; Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 3, Kendal 0.

Investec Women's Conference West: Barnes 1, Swansea City 1; Bristol Firebrands 1, Buckingham 2; Exe 1, Gloucester City 6; Oxford Hawks 2, Isca 1; Slough 4, Trojans 0.