Sinton strike sinks Leicester

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A goal from Liz Sinton (pictured) with just seven minutes left proved enough for Clifton to beat Leicester and climb above them in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Her 64th minute strike from a penalty corner meant that Clifton stepped up into the top four and boosted their bid for a place in the end-of-season play-offs.

Meanwhile, leaders Canterbury notched up their 11th win in 14 league matches so far this season when they won 1-0 over Beeston. Nicky Lloyd’s 11th minute goal from a penalty corner proved enough to take the win.

University of Birmingham completed the double over Bowdon Hightown, winning 3-2 at South Downs Road.

The Cheshire outfit were leading after Holly Hunt had scored on 10 and 21 minutes, but the University of Birmingham halved the deficit with Lily Owsley’s 23rd minute strike and pulled level when Alice Sharp scored from a penalty corner on the hour mark.

And with a minute remaining, Holly Payne scored from open play to snatch the win.

Sutton Coldfield came out 4-1 winners from their battle at fellow strugglers Olton and West Warwickshire.

Emma McCabe scored twice, while the others came from Sarah Parkinson-Mills and Jane Sixsmith. Amie Hone scored Olton’s only goal.

The top three all won in the Investec Conference North all won. Leaders Brooklands beat hosts Ben Rhydding 5-0 with Sarah Newman scoring two of their goals.

Heather Stafford scored two as Wakefield won 4-0 over Stourport, and third-placed University of Durham were 2-1 winners at Boots with Alice Toynton and Milly McWhirter their scorers.

Third-placed St Albans boosted their Investec Conference East campaign when they beat second-placed East Grinstead 3-0 with Megan Crowson scoring all three goals. Meanwhile, leaders Holcombe notched up another win, 5-0 at Sevenoaks.

Both the top two sides in the Investec Conference West secured five-nil victories, with leaders Slough winning at Bristol Firebrands and second-placed Buckingham beating visitors Exe by the same margin.

League Finals Weekend

The winners of the Investec Women’s Hockey League and the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League will be crowned over two action-packed weekends at Reading Hockey Club in April. The top four Premier Division teams qualify for their respective finals weekends, laying off against each other to be crowned league champions.

The men’s finals will take place on the 5-6 April while the women will battle it out a week later from 12-13 April. Tickets are now available to purchase for both weekends, please visit www.englandhockey.co.uk/tickets

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, February 22 2014):

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

Investec Women's Conference East: Chelmsford 2, Harleston Magpies 1; East Grinstead 0, St. Albans 3; Horsham 4, Old Loughtonians 2; Ipswich 1, Wimbledon 1; Sevenoaks 0, Holcombe 5.

Investec Women's Conference North: Ben Rhydding 0, Brooklands Poynton 5; Boots 1, University of Durham 2; Doncaster 0, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 1; Kendal 2, Loughborough Students 2; Wakefield 4, Stourport 0.

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