Scott goals help Slough to the top

Alex Scott in action for Slough in the Maxi5s indoor hockey 450x282

SLOUGH remain unbeaten in the Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Championships Premier Division after five Alex Scott goals helped see off Reading and Leicester on Saturday.

Slough fell behind to an Alex Danson goal in the opening match of the day against Reading but Scott drew her side level from a penalty corner.

Mel Ball put Slough in the lead and Scott made sure of their fifth win of the campaign with her second to make it 3-1.

Slough were also trailing to Leicester until Scott once again came to the rescue, cancelling out Nic White’s strike a minute later. Leicester went into the break 3-2 ahead but Slough upped the ante in the second half as Scott completed her hat-trick.

Reading lost further ground on the leaders and lie third after drawing 4-4 with Canterbury. They looked to be cruising at half time, as goals from Becky Halle, Alex Danson, Sam Quek and Leah Wilkinson in the opening nine minutes gave them a 4-1 lead at the break.

But three second-half goals for Canterbury, including a Nikki Kidd brace, saw them steal a vital point.

Bowdon Hightown are in second spot after winning 4-2 against Sutton Coldfield and 9-5 against Canterbury. Sally Walton was their biggest goal threat, scoring four times over the two games.

East Grinstead are up to fourth after an 8-1 win over Harleston Magpies and a 7-2 victory over Sutton Coldfield. Sophie Bray hit eight goals over the two fixtures.

The Magpies bounced back from their loss to record the biggest win of the day, beating Olton and West Warwickshire 11-2. Katrina Sitch and Alex Smith got a hat-trick each.

In Division One, University of Birmingham and Bristol Firebrands have 100 per cent records after winning both their games. Birmingham hold top spot with superior goal difference.

The Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Finals will be played on 2 February 2014 at Wembley Arena. You can get more information and buy tickets at www.englandhockey.co.uk/maxi5s

Results from Saturday, January 4 2014:

Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Championship Women’s Premier Division: Reading 1, Slough 3; Leicester 7, Olton and West Warwickshire 2; Harleston Magpies 1, East Grinstead 8; Sutton Coldfield 2, Bowdon Hightown 4; Canterbury 4, Reading 4; Slough 6, Leicester 3; Olton and West Warwickshire 2, Harleston Magpies 11; East Grinstead 7, Sutton Coldfield 2; Bowdon Hightown 9, Canterbury 5.

Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Championship Women’s Division One: University of Birmingham 3, Wakefield 1; Bristol Firebrands 6, Surbiton 5; Brooklands 4, Buckingham 4; Sevenoaks 6, Chelmsford 1; Clifton 3, University of Birmingham 6; Wakefield 2, Bristol Firebrands 3; Surbiton 6, Brooklands Poynton 3; Buckingham 8, Sevenoaks 2; Chelmsford 1, Clifton 7.

Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Championship Women’s Division Two North: Army 6, Stourport 4; Gloucester City 7, Lichfield 0; Oxford Hawks 7, Liverpool Sefton 2; Gloucester City 0, Army 6; Stourport 5, Oxford Hawks 6; Lichfield 3, Liverpool Sefton 7.

Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Championship Women’s Division Two South: Holcombe 2, Horsham 2; Old Loughtonians 4, St Albans 0; Trojans 2, Ipswich 3; Old Loughtonians 4, Holcombe 3; Horsham 2, Trojans 2; St Albans 2, Ipswich 3.