Bowdon Hightown make great start

Bowdon Hightown v U of Birmingham, Hockey 5s, Dec 13 2014, credit Ravi Ghowry - 450

SECOND in last season’s competition, Bowdon Hightown are the early leaders in the Hockey 5s Championship Women’s Premier Division after winning both their matches on Saturday at Bromsgrove School.

Reigning champions Reading suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to Sutton Coldfield in the second match of the day, and despite going on to beat Canterbury 5-3 they are fifth in the table at the end of day one.

Bowdon blasted the University of Birmingham 11-4 in their first match with Sarah Ingham, Tina Cullen, Sally Walton and Nat Wray both scoring twice.

And they beat Slough 4-2 in the day’s last match, Walton adding another two to her tally while Sarah Ingham and Holly Hunt were also on target.

Sutton Coldfield lie second in the table on goal difference only after also winning both their games. They inflicted a 3-2 loss on Reading with goals from captain Vicky Woolford, Emma McCabe and Sarah Parkinson-Mills.

That was followed with a 4-3 win over Clifton, Woolford scoring a hat-trick in that victory.

Harleston Magpies’ Emma Lee-Smith and Slough’s Alex Scott are the joint top-scorers after day one with five goals each. But they are both mid-table with a win and a loss each.

The Magpies beat East Grinstead 4-3 with Lee-Smith scoring a hat-trick and Sarah Brook also on target. Lee-Smith also scored both their goals in a 6-2 defeat to Slough, while Alex Scott scored four times in that win.

On Sunday Bowdon Hightown will take on Harleston Magpies and Clifton, while second-placed Sutton Coldfield entertain Canterbury and the University of Birmingham.

* For goalscorers and full competition details, including live updates click here - http://englandhockey.altiusrt.com/competitions/1

* The above photo from the Bowdon Hightown v University of Birmingham match on December 13 2014 is by Ravi Ghowry.