Buckingham secure emphatic 4-0 win

Sutton Coldfield 2014, Jane Sixsmith 450

Investec Conference West champions Buckingham made themselves early favourites to gain promotion to the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after comprehensively beating Investec Conference North champions Brooklands Poynton on Sunday.

Jo Ellis was on target twice as Buckingham beat their opponents 4-0 with other goals coming from Katrina Nicholson and Zoe Shipperley.

They now lead the Promotion Tournament as the only team to have a win after the first round of matches.

Sutton Coldfield, who are battling to keep their Premier Division status, were held to a 1-1 draw by Investec Conference East champions Holcombe. Jane Sixsmith (pictured) had put Sutton Coldfield ahead after 11 minutes but Lauren Osborn equalised for Holcombe.

And in the relegation play-offs Barnes beat Boots 1-0 with Triona Doyle scoring the all-important goal.

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, March 29 2014):

Investec Women's Relegation play-offs: Barnes 1, Boots 0.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Sunday, March 30 2014):

Investec Women's Promotion Tournament: Holcombe 1, Sutton Coldfield 1; Buckingham 4, Brooklands Poynton 0.