Bowdon battle into top four spot

Bowdon's Tina Cullen (R) - 450

BOWDON Hightown forced their way into the top four of the Investec Women’s Hockey Premier Division when they battled to a 1-0 win over Leicester.

The only goal of the game came after ten minutes with Tina Cullen (pictured) found the target from open play. Leicester, who narrowly lost the play-off final last year, drop to fifth.

Canterbury still lead the division after beating University of Birmingham 2-1 with Nikki Kidd and Jen Wilson scoring their goals.

Despite having to do without a string of international players on duty with the England team in Argentina, Reading still had the strength in depth to take an 8-1 victory over Olton and West Warwickshire. Leah Wilkinson was at the fore, scoring a hat-trick.

Clifton looked like closing the gap on the top four after taking a two-goal lead over Beeston. But Sophie Robinson came to the rescue for Beeston, scoring twice in the second half to secure a draw.

Surbiton reinforced third place in the table with a 3-2 victory over Sutton Coldfield. Jenna Woolven scored a goal in each half, taking her tally for the season to eight.

Holcombe still lead the Investec Conference East after Shelley Russell scored a brace in their 4-1 win over Harleston Magpies. They are six points clear at the top.

Buckingham made the most of Slough’s 0-0 draw against Gloucester by beating Barnes 3-1 and going top of the Investec Conference West. Zoe Shipperley scored all three.

Wakefield went top of the Investec Conference North after a 5-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Doncaster. The game was still goalless at half time but Tessa Cramer-Biermann’s 39th minute strike sparked the visitors into action.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 30 2013):

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

Investec Women's Conference East: East Grinstead 3, Ipswich 1; Holcombe 4, Harleston Magpies 1; Horsham 3, Chelmsford 3; Old Loughtonians 1, Wimbledon 2; St Albans 1, Sevenoaks 0.

Investec Women's Conference North: Ben Rhydding 1, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 1; Brooklands Poynton 2, University of Durham 2; Doncaster 0, Wakefield 5; Kendal 2, Boots 3; Loughborough Students 1, Stourport 1.

Investec Women's Conference West: Buckingham 3, Barnes 1; Gloucester City 0, Slough 0; Isca 1, Bristol Firebrands 1; Swansea City 5, Exe 0; Trojans 1, Oxford Hawks 0.