Leicester edge past Clifton

Rachel Mack scores for Leicester. Credit Andy Smith - 450

Leicester edged to a thrilling 4-3 victory over Clifton in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Goals from Lizzy Honarmand, Liz George and Rachel Mack had Leicester 3-0 up before Jessica Bloom and Claire Thomas reduced the arrears to 3-2 at the break.

Els Mansell equalised for Clifton early in the second half, but Holly Payne struck moments later for Leicester to deny the spirited visitors.

The University of Birmingham stay top after they won 2-1 at home to Holcombe, Hannah Martin and Holly Hunt getting the goals before Kim Leiper clawed one back.

Surbiton are into second after they edged out Canterbury 4-3, Sarah Haycroft scoring the vital goal late on after first half strikes from Jenna Woolven, Rebecca Herbert and Charlotte Calnan.

A Grace Balsdon brace and another goal from Mel Clewlow gave Canterbury hope late on but Surbiton held on to move to within a point of Birmingham.

Sally Walton got the only goal as Bowdon Hightown won for the first time this season, the goal coming shortly before half time as Buckingham remain winless on a single point.

Investec Conference North

Wakefield needed a last minute goal from Rosie Tootell to see off Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 2-1 and stay top of the Investec Conference North on Saturday.

Kerry-Anne Hastings looked to have a rescued a point for the hosts when she cancelled out Rosie Dent’s first half strike but Tootell’s last gasp goal was enough to maintain Wakefield’s perfect start to the season.

Loughborough Students stay second after they won 2-1 away at Springfields, and the University of Durham moved up into third with a 2-1 win at home to Beeston.

Belper were held 1-1 at home by Liverpool Sefton and Brooklands Poynton played out a goalless draw against Ben Rhydding.

Investec Conference West

Swansea City took Sutton Coldfield’s place at the top of the Investec Conference West table by beating them 2-1.

Goals from Sophie Clayton and Nat Blyth gave Swansea a two-goal lead and although Jennifer Parkinson-Mills pulled one back for Sutton Coldfield with a penalty stroke, they couldn’t draw level.

The University of Bristol continue to search for their first point as they lost 2-1 to Isca. Trojans took a narrow 1-0 win against Gloucester City, Bristol Firebrands drew 1-1 with Olton and West Warwicks and there was no score in the match between Oxford Hawks and Stourport.

Investec Conference East

Slough’s perfect start to the Investec Conference East season continued in spectacular form as Amy Sheehan’s hat-trick led them to an 8-2 win over Maidenhead.

Charly Brydon scored a brace and their other goals came through Jo Bryant, Philipa Newton and Louise Bevan. Maidenhead are still without a point.

Hampstead and Westminster remain second despite losing 2-1 to Chelmsford. Harleston Magpies and St Albans drew 0-0 and the game between Wimbledon and Cambridge City ended 1-1. Ipswich and Sevenoaks also drew 1-1.

* Above photo shows Leicester goalscorer Rachel Mack. Credit: Andy Smith.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 3 2015):


Investec Women's Premier Division: Buckingham 0, Bowdon Hightown 1; University of Birmingham 2, Holcombe 0; Leicester 4, Clifton 3; Surbiton 4, Canterbury 3.

Investec Women's Conference East: Hampstead and Westminster 1, Chelmsford 2; Maidenhead 2, Slough 8; Harleston Magpies 0, St Albans 0; Wimbledon 1, Cambridge City 1; Ipswich 1, Sevenoaks 1.

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

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