Four from Danson as Reading beat Beeston

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Alex Danson missed a penalty stroke but still managed to score four goals as Reading beat Beeston 5-2 in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Two goals from England and GB star Danson and another from Becky Halle had given Reading a three-goal lead at the break, and Danson made sure of the points with two more in the second half.

At the start of the day, Surbiton were top of the league and Canterbury were second. The two teams faced off and it was Surbiton who won 2-1 to keep their lead with two goals from Sarah Haycroft. Canterbury drop to third.

Lucy Wood rattled in three goals as Holcombe cruised to a 6-0 win at Buckingham. Samantha Quek opened the scoring eight minutes in, stroking home from a penalty corner.

After the restart, two goals in four minutes from Wood opened the floodgates. Tasmyn Naylor and Leisa Randall found the net before Wood completed the scoring with her hat-trick goal. The win moves Holcombe up to second.

Just two points separate Clifton and University of Birmingham and as the two sides met, it turned out to be the expected close game. Emily Defroand scored for Birmingham and Els Mansell replied three minutes later as the match finished 1-1.

Bowdon Hightown and Leicester also drew 1-1. Nat Wray gave Bowdon the lead in the 52nd minute but Rachel Mack equalised for Leicester just a minute later.

Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference West

Bristol Firebrands claimed their second win of the season in the Investec Conference West with a comprehensive 5-0 defeat of Cheltenham. Lizzie Gittens led the scoring with a brace.

Slough are still top of the league with a perfect record of six wins from six games. Their latest victory came at home to Oxford Hawks as Amy Sheehan and Charly Brydon scored in a 2-0 win.

Annabel Field scored a late winner in Trojans’ 3-2 win against Gloucester City and Swansea City beat Olton and West Warwicks 2-0. Stourport had to settle for a point at home to Isca after a late Kate Taverner goal earned the visitors a point from a 2-2 draw.

Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference East

East Grinstead now only lead the Investec Conference East on goal difference after being held to a 1-1 draw by Ipswich. East Grinstead were leading up to the 70th minute courtesy of a Lucy Brown strike, but Sophie Sexton levelled the scores in the dying seconds.

St Albans still hold second place after winning their game against Sevenoaks 1-0, Lottie Porter scoring their goal. Bedford beat Harleston Magpies 1-0 and Wimbledon defeated Horsham 2-1. In the other game, Chelmsford were 2-0 winners over Maidenhead with Kate Robinson and Kate Maxey both finding the target.

Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference North

Brooklands Poynton moved to the top of the Investec Conference North with a 3-0 defeat of Whitley Bay and Tynemouth. Cat Savage fired home after four minutes before Charlotte Jackson hit a brace.

Sutton Coldfield are second after a 2-1 win at home to Loughborough Students. Strikes from Sarah Parkinson-Mills and Emma McCabe handed them the win after they had fallen behind to an Ellie Tait goal.

Wakefield drop to third after being held to a 1-1 draw against Liverpool Sefton and the Ben Rhydding game against University of Durham also ended 1-1. Kendal climbed off the bottom of the table at the expense of Cannock who they beat 3-2.

* Above photo shows Reading's Alex Danson lining up a reverse stick shot as she scores the second goal of the game. Credit - Ravi SK Ghowry.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 18 2014):

Investec Women's Premier Division: Buckingham 0, Holcombe 6; University of Birmingham 1, Clifton 1; Reading 5, Beeston 2; Bowdon Hightown 1, Leicester 1; Surbiton 2, Canterbury 2.

Investec Women's Conference East: Sevenoaks 0, St Albans 1; Bedford 1, Harleston Magpies 0; Chelmsford 2, Maidenhead 0; Horsham 1, Wimbledon 2; East Grinstead 1, Ipswich 1.

Investec Women's Conference North: Liverpool Sefton 1, Wakefield 1; Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 0, Brooklands Poynton 3; Ben Rhydding 1, University of Durham 1; Sutton Coldfield 2, Loughborough Students 1; Kendal 3, Cannock 2.

Investec Women's Conference West: Trojans 3, Gloucester City 2; Swansea City 2, Olton and West Warwicks 1; Cheltenham 0, Bristol Firebrands 5; Stourport 2, Isca 2; Slough 2, Oxford Hawks 0.