Blackwood hat-trick helps Reading win

Reading debutant Georgie Blackwood v Beeston, Nov 22 2014, credit David Kissman - 450

Georgie Blackwood smashed home a hat-trick on her first appearance for Reading as they beat Beeston 5-0 in the Investec Women’s Hockey Premier Division.

The visitors looked sharp in front of goal and in addition to Blackwood’s treble, Emma Thomas notched a brace. Meanwhile Beeston are still looking for their first win of the season.

There was a top of the table clash as Canterbury hosted Surbiton and it was the visitors who claimed the points with victory by the single goal.

With six minutes of the second half gone, Natalie Maclean latched onto a penalty corner and rattled the ball home to score the only goal of the game. The result sees Surbiton go three points clear at the top of the table.

Buckingham eased their relegation worries with a 4-1 victory on the road at Holcombe. Alex Naughalty opened the scoring for Buckingham in the first minute and added a second early in the second half before Chloe Hobson and Jess Bloom made it 4-0. Nic White grabbed a consolation for Holcombe in the dying seconds.

Leicester recorded their fourth win of the season with a 3-0 win over the University of Birmingham. Katie Long, Holly Payne and Liz George all hit the net with Payne’s goal being one of exceptional quality.

Clifton took a narrow 1-0 win over Bowdon Hightown with Emily Kirkham hitting the winner from a penalty corner in the 31st minute.

Investec Conference West

Slough dropped points for the second week running in the Investec Women’s Conference West, drawing 2-2 away to Oxford Hawks. All four goals were scored in the first half with neither team able to find a winner.

Slough still lead the division and are six points clear of Swansea City who closed the gap thanks to a 3-2 defeat of Stourport. Jo Westwood led the scoring for Swansea with a brace.

Trojans beat Cheltenham 2-0 whilst Isca scored their fourth win of the season with a 3-1 defeat of Bristol Firebrands. Olton and West Warwickshire drew 3-3 with Gloucester City.

Investec Conference North

Brooklands Poynton are still holding on to top spot in the Investec Conference North after a 1-0 win over Whitley Bay and Tynemouth with Helen Turner scoring the only goal.

Wakefield are level on points after a 4-2 defeat of University of Durham. Sally Walton led their scoring with a brace.

Loughborough Students and Sutton Coldfield played out an exciting 3-3 draw in a game full of incident. Ellie Tait scored a hat-trick for Loughborough and Sutton Coldfield missed out on three points after Sarah Robinson-Mills missed a penalty stroke.

Michelle Morris was on target twice as Ben Rhydding beat Liverpool Sefton 4-0 and Cannock drew 1-1 with Kendal.

Investec Conference East

East Grinstead now have a six point lead over St Albans after beating third-placed Sevenoaks in a tight encounter. Bara Kavanova’s goal in the seventh minute was enough to give them a 1-0 win.

A Jessica Bryan goal condemned St Albans to a 1-0 defeat against Chelmsford, only their second loss of the campaign.

A Sam Wessels double helped Harleston Magpies beat Maidenhead 3-1 and in the bottom half of the table, Ipswich played out a 1-1 draw with Wimbledon.

Two goals from Susie Clapp provided Horsham with the firepower they needed to overcome Bedford 3-0.

* Above photo shows Reading debutant Georgie Blackwood, who scored a hat-trick at Beeston. Credit: David Kissman.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 22 2014):

Investec Premier Division: Beeston 0, Reading 5; Clifton 1, Bowdon Hightown 0; Holcombe 1, Buckingham 4; Leicester 3, University of Birmingham 0; Canterbury 0, Surbiton 1.

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

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

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