Leaders Surbiton beat Buckingham

Debutant Kirsty Freshwater battles with Georgie Twigg, Surbiton v Buckingham, 8.11.14, credit Chris Hobson - 450

Surbiton kept their lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division with a convincing 5-0 defeat of Buckingham.

Buckingham had hoped to give their season the kick it needed but fell behind after 16 minutes when Georgie Twigg found the net.

Surbiton dominated from then on with Giselle Ansley and Rebecca Herbert scoring a brace each.

Holcombe maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 4-1 result on the road at Reading. Lucy Wood hit a brace and Lauren Osborn and Laura Unsworth also got their names on the sheet.

Canterbury ensured that kept the pressure on at the top with a narrow 1-0 victory over University of Birmingham.

The only goal of the game came in the 53rd minute with Mel Clewlow sweeping home from a penalty corner.

Clifton have only lost one game this season and are third on goal difference a 1-0 defeat of Bowdon Hightown. Jo Leigh scored the lone goal, cracking home in the 43rd minute.

Leicester took their third win of the season against a struggling Beeston side who slumped to their eighth straight defeat. Rachel Mack opened the scoring for Leicester on three minutes before Liz George made it 2-0 on 24 minutes.

Investec Women’s Conference West

It was first versus second in the Investec Conference West and Slough underlined their dominance as leaders with a 2-0 win against Swansea City.

Slough have a perfect record this season, winning all eight of their games and Melanie Ball and Jess Brooker both found the net to seal another three points.

Third-placed Trojans faced Olton and West Warwickshire and the score was 1-1 when the game was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch.

Gloucester City drew 2-2 with Bristol Firebrands thanks to two goals from Zoe Burford.

Investec Women’s Conference North

Brooklands Poynton and Wakefield are both on 17 points at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference North and they continue to push each other after both winning comfortably.

Cat Horn was on target twice as Wakefield beat Loughborough Students 4-1 and Jess Berry, Helen Turner and Cat Savage scored the goals for Brooklands as they beat bottom of the table Cannock 3-0. University of Durham were also convincing winners, beating Kendal 3-0.

Liverpool Sefton got the better of Sutton Coldfield, beating their hosts 3-2. Ben Rhydding’s Laura Smith was their only scorer in their game against Whitley and Tynemouth.

Investec Women’s Conference East

Sophie Bray hit a hat-trick as East Grinstead made short work of Bedford in a 5-1 win. Zoe Burrell and Lucy Brown were also on target.

St Albans are level on points with East Grinstead but remain second on goal difference. They faced Horsham and recorded a 1-0 win courtesy of a Christina Horn strike.

A Kate Hornsby double led Sevenoaks to a 2-1 win over Harleston Magpies after they had fallen behind early on. It was their fourth win of the campaign. Wimbledon and Chelmsford played out a 1-1 draw with a goal in each half.

* Above photo shows Buckingham debutant Kirsty Freshwater battling with Georgie Twigg. Credit Chris Hobson.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 8 2014):

Investec Women's Premier Division: Beeston 0, Leicester 2; University of Birmingham 0, Canterbury 1; Reading 1, Holcombe 4; Bowdon Hightown 0, Clifton 1; Surbiton 5, Buckingham 0.

Investec Women's Conference West: Gloucester City 2, Bristol Firebrands 2; Olton and West Warwickshire 1, Trojans 1 (abandoned due to waterlogged pitch on 65 minutes); Oxford Hawks 0, Isca 0; Slough 2, Swansea City 0; Stourport 1, Cheltenham 1.

Investec Women's Conference North: Brooklands Poynton 3, Cannock 0; Kendal 0, University of Durham 3; Loughborough Students 1, Wakefield 4; Ben Rhydding 1, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 0; Sutton Coldfield 2, Liverpool Sefton 3.

Investec Women's Conference East: Bedford 1, East Grinstead 5; Harleston Magpies 1, Sevenoaks 2; Horsham 0, St Albans 1; Wimbledon 1, Chelmsford 1; Ipswich 0, Maidenhead 1.