Canterbury go second after Bowdon victory

Canterbury's Sarah Kerly is watched by Sofi Walbaum of Bowdon. Canterbury v Bowdon Hightown, Oct 25 2014, credit Simon Parker - 450

Canterbury charged to second place in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after a 3-0 win against Bowdon Hightown on Saturday.

Sarah Kerly gave the home side the advantage after 20 minutes, and in the second half Dirkie Chamberlain and Anna Baker added to the score. They are now just three points behind Surbiton.

Josie Rixon was on target twice as Clifton won a nine-goal thriller against Beeston.

Erica Sanders got Beeston off to the ideal start, lashing home on four minutes but Clifton replied through Rixon twice before Emily Kirkham, Harriet Pearce and Isabel Palmer put them 5-1 up.
Phoebe Richards and Hannah Wraith sought to get Beeston back in the game but a late Els Mansell strike made it 6-3 to Clifton and killed the game off.

Leaders Surbiton lost their perfect record after drawing 1-1 with Holcombe. Nicci Daly gave Holcome the lead after 31 minutes but Rebecca Herbert equalised ten minutes later.

Leicester claimed only their second win of the campaign with a comprehensive victory over Reading. Rachel Mack scored twice and Katie Long also found the net as they won 3-0.

University of Birmingham shaded a tight game away to Buckingham, running out 3-2 winners. A double from Alexandra Naughalty had given Buckingham a 2-1 lead after Olivia Chilton’s opener for the visitors. But a 38th minute goal from Xenna Hughes and Chilton’s second of the match clinched the points for the university side.

Investec Women’s Hockey Conference West

Slough are on a great run in the Investec Women’s Hockey Conference West and they made it seven wins from seven games as goals from Philipa Newton and Shona McCallin led them to a 2-0 victory over Bristol Firebrands.

Swansea City are doing their best to keep the pressure on the leaders and they also won 2-0, beating Oxford Hawks.

Gloucester City beat Cheltenham 2-0 away from home and Isca took their third victory of the season with a 3-1 win over Olton and West Warwickshire as Megan Crowson scored twice. Trojans were the other winners of the day, beating Stourport 2-1.

Investec Women’s Hockey Conference North

There was a top of the table face-off in the Investec Women’s Hockey Conference North as top side Brooklands Poynton played third-placed Wakefield. The two sides exchanged goals throughout and it looked as though Brooklands might take the win when they went 4-2 up with five minutes remaining.
But two late goals from Sally Walton and Rosie Tootell earned a share of the spoils for Wakefield. They move up to second but Brooklands stay top on goal difference.

Loughborough beat Cannock 1-0, Liverpool Sefton lost 2-0 at home to Ben Rhydding and University of Durham climbed towards safety with a 1-0 win against Sutton Coldfield. The Whitley Bay and Tynemouth game against Kendal ended 1-1.

Investec Women’s Hockey Conference East

East Grinstead still top the Investec Women’s Hockey Conference East after beating Maidenhead 4-2. Goals from Sophie Bray, Heather Batten, Bara Karanova and Zoe Burrell saw them maintain their unbeaten streak.

Two goals from Susan Wessels saw her side Harleston Magpies to a 3-0 defeat of Horsham and a single Kate Axford strike was the difference in Bedford’s 1-0 win against Ipswich.

It was honours even in the game between Chelmsford and Sevenoaks, ending 1-1.

* Above photo shows Canterbury’s Sarah Kerly in action against Bowdon Hightown. Credit: Simon Parker.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 25 2014):

Investec Women's Premier Division: Canterbury 3, Bowdon Hightown 0; Buckingham 2, University of Birmingham 3; Clifton 6, Beeston 3; Leicester 3, Reading 0; Holcombe 1, Surbiton 1.

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

Investec Women's Conference North: Cannock 0, Loughborough Students 1; Liverpool Sefton 0, Ben Rhydding 2; Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 1, Kendal 1; Wakefield 4, Brooklands Poynton 4; University of Durham 1, Sutton Coldfield 0.

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