Investec Women's Cup Round 5

Investec Women's Cup Final - Surbiton Team Photo

This weekend the Investec Women’s Cup reaches round five with a series of mouth-watering ties in prospect.

Holders Surbiton saw off Hampstead and Westminster in the last round in what was a repeat of last season’s final. Their 5-0 win took them safely through and set up arguably the tie of the round with top flight rivals Holcombe. The Kent side negotiated a tough game with East Grinstead in the last round thanks to a brace from Lauren Osborn.

In another all Investec Premier Division tie, Leicester will go up against Bowdon Hightown. The Pukkas produced a splendid display in the last round to sweep aside Wakefield 5-1 whilst Tina Cullen’s team held their nerve to beat Sutton Coldfield 4-3 on penalties.

The other glamour tie pits Clifton against University of Birmingham. Both have made good starts to the league season and are vying for a place in the playoffs, meaning this tie could go either way. The other Premier team left in the competition, Buckingham, will play at Conference East outfit Chelmsford.

There are three non-Investec League teams left in the cup all with a chance of pulling off a giant-killing and making the business end of the competition. They each face Investec Conference opposition. Leamington, who beat Liverpool Sefton in the last round, will look for another Conference North scalp against Brooklands Poynton. Tulse Hill & Dulwich travel to Loughborough Students, who enjoyed a win on strokes against Premier Division Beeston. Didsbury Northern play host to Gloucester City. The final tie sees Investec West side Oxford Hawks on the road at Ben Rhydding.

The draw for the next round of the competition will be done live on Twitter on Sunday evening at 7pm. Follow @EnglandHockey to see the next step on the road to Lee Valley.

Investec Women’s Cup Round 3 ties, 9 November

Ben Rhydding v Oxford Hawks – 13:00, Ben Rhydding Sports Club

Chelmsford v Buckingham – 14:00, Chelmer Park

Didsbury Northern v Gloucester City – 14:00, Manchester High School for Girls

Holcombe v Surbiton – 14:00, Holcombe Hockey Club

Leamington v Brooklands Poynton – 14:00, North Leamington School

Leicester v Bowdon Hightown – 12:30, Leicester Grammar School

Loughborough Students v Tulse Hill and Dulwich – 11:30, Loughborough University

University of Birmingham v Clifton – 12:30, University of Birmingham