Clifton march on after Holcombe win

Clifton's Els Mansell celebrates a goal v Leicester, Sept 27 2014, credit Andrew Smith - 450

CLAIRE Thomas fired home a brace to help Clifton beat Holcombe for the second time this month in the Investec Women’s Hockey Premier Division.

Liz Sinton and Els Mansell (pictured) also scored in the 4-1 win which saw them go into Saturday night equal on points with leaders Surbiton who play on Sunday. Lucy Wood pulled one back for Holcombe with nine minutes left.

Dirkie Chamberlain missed out on a hat-trick but still managed to help guide Canterbury to a 4-0 defeat of Beeston.

Sarah Kerly opened the scoring after ten minutes and Eliza Brett added a second on 25 minutes. Despite having a stroke saved by Natalie Robson in the Beeston goal, Chamberlain still completed her brace. Canterbury hold on to third place whilst Beeston are still in search of their first win.

Hannah Martin and Faye Curran both grabbed a brace of goals as the University of Birmingham powered to a 4-1 win away to Bowdon Hightown.

The visitors raced into a four-goal lead before the break with Martin and Curran scoring all their goals in the opening 30 minutes. Holly Hunt struck a consolation for Bowdon just after the restart.

Nikki Laybourne scored the only goal of the game as Leicester beat Buckingham 1-0 at home.

Investec Conference West

Slough strengthened their place at the top of the Investec Conference West with three points against Isca. Jess Brooker and Laura Bailey scored the goals in a 2-0 win.

Swansea are now eight points behind the leaders after being held to a goalless draw away to Oxford Hawks.

Gloucester City moved ahead of Trojans and after beating them 2-0. The win, secured a Zoe Burford brace, sees them go third.

Bristol Firebrands also won 2-0 as Pippa Barnes scored twice in their match against bottom club Cheltenham.

Stourport managed to take a 2-1 win against Olton and West Warwickshire despite having Erin Preece sent off after 42 minutes. Katie Miller scored their winner in the final minute of the game.

Investec Conference North

Wakefield are the new leaders of the Investec Conference North after beating Liverpool Sefton 4-0 and overhauling Brooklands Poynton on goal difference. Sally Walton led the scoring with two goals.

Brooklands also took three points as goals from Kate Harris and Jess Berry saw them win 2-0 at Cannock.

Ellie Tait scored twice and missed a penalty stroke as Loughborough Students beat Kendal 3-1 on the road. It was a great turnaround for the visitors who trailed 1-0 at the break.

Sarah Bell struck the winning goal to seal Ben Rhydding’s 2-1 win against Whitley Bay and Tynemouth and Emma McCabe found the target twice in Sutton Coldfield’s 3-1 defeat of University of Durham.

Investec Conference East

East Grinstead hold on to the lead in the Investec Conference East despite only securing a point with a 1-1 draw with Chelmsford.

Ruth Gordon had given East Grinstead the lead on 23 minutes but Katie Taylor stunned the visitors with a late equaliser.

In second place, St Albans also dropped points in a 2-2 draw with Maidenhead. Goals from Amy Kee and Donna Pringle had given them the lead but a Shona Young strike from a penalty corner levelled the scores after Vicky Goodacre’s early goal on 11 minutes.

Sevenoaks beat Bedford 2-1 and Ipswich beat Horsham by the same score for only their second win of the season. Wimbledon were the other victors of the day, beating Harleston Magpies 2-0.

* Above file photo shows Clifton’s Els Mansell celebrating a goal. Credit: Andrew Smith.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 29 2014):

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

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

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

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