Mack attack sinks Holcombe

Leicester celebrate Rachel Mack's goal against Holcombe. Credit Andy Smith. - 450

Rachel Mack’s second half strike was enough for Leicester to nick a 1-0 win at home to Holcombe in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Mack notched a goal from open play in the 38th minute to haul her side up to fourth and leave Holcombe still searching for their first win after two games.

University of Birmingham retained top spot after they routed Reading 5-0 with goals from Erica Sanders, Olivia Paige, Tina Evans, Holly Hunt and Vanessa Hawkins.

Bowdon Hightown staged a second-half fightback to draw 1-1 at home against Surbiton, Sally Walton scoring the goal to cancel out Jenna Woolven’s first-half strike for the visitors.

East Grinstead are still unbeaten after they won 3-1 away at Buckingham thanks to a goal from Tacita Haines and two from Pippa Chapman, with Phoebe Richards grabbing a consolation for the home side.

Canterbury racked up a comfortable 4-0 win away at Clifton as Jen Wilson scored twice to help propel her side up to second.

Dirkie Chamberlain and Susannah Townsend were also on target as Clifton suffered a first defeat of the season.

Investec Conference West

Sutton Coldfield continued their great start to the season with a 9-1 victory over Bristol Firebrands in the Investec Conference West on Saturday.

Vicky Woolford and Bethan Merriman each grabbed a hat-trick as the hosts shot to the top of the early table with a devastating attacking performance.

Swansea City were also in goal-scoring form as they beat University of Bristol 7-1 helped along by two goals from Bridget Radice.

A single Jo Tolson goal was enough for Oxford Hawks to overcome Isca, Olton and West Warwicks came from behind to win 2-1 away at Trojans, and Stourport and Gloucester City drew 2-2.

Investec Conference North

Wakefield extended their unbeaten start to the season with a narrow victory at Beeston on Saturday to stay top of the Investec Women’s Conference North.

Cat Horn struck the only goal of the game three minutes from time to keep Wakefield top on goal difference and leave Beeston still searching for their first win if the new season.

Loughborough Students also made it two out of two with a 3-1 win at home to Liverpool Sefton, whilst University of Durham were 2-1 winners against Belper.

Elsewhere Whitley Bay and Tynemouth snatched a 1-0 win at Ben Rhydding and Brooklands Poynton played out a scoreless draw with Springfields.

Investec Conference East

Slough ran out 6-1 winners at home to St Albans to move to the top of the Investec Conference East on Saturday after Amy Sheehan helped herself to a hat-trick.

A flurry of second half goals put paid to St Albans’ hopes of a fight-back as the home side eased to the top of table on goal difference.

Cambridge City secured a 4-0 win over Sevenoaks, whilst Hampstead and Westminster needed a 69th minute strike from Joyce Esser to edge past Harleston Magpies by a goal to nil.

Elsewhere Wimbledon were 1-0 winners against Maidenhead and Chelmsford played out a goalless draw at home against Ipswich.

* Above photo shows Leicester celebrating Rachel Mack's goal. Photo: Andy Smith.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, September 19 2015):


Investec Women's Premier Division: Bowdon 1, Surbiton 1; Buckingham 1, East Grinstead 3; Clifton 0, Canterbury 4; Leicester 1, Holcombe 0; Reading 0, University of Birmingham 5.

Investec Women's Conference East: Cambridge City 4, Sevenoaks 0; Chelmsford 0, Ipswich 0; Hampstead and Westminster 1, Harleston Magpies 0; Slough 6, St. Albans 1; Wimbledon 1, Maidenhead 0.

Investec Women's Conference North: Beeston 0, Wakefield 1; Ben Rhydding 0, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 1; Brooklands Poynton 0, Springfields 0; Loughborough Students 3, Liverpool Sefton 1; University of Durham 2, Belper 1.

Investec Women's Conference West: Oxford Hawks 1, Isca 0; Stourport 2, Gloucester City 2; Sutton Coldfield 9, Bristol Firebrands 1; Swansea City 7, University of Bristol 1; Trojans 1, Olton & West Warwicks 2.