Aitchinson strike gives students victory

Univ of Birmingham's Vanessa Hawkins, right, in action against Buckingham's Amie Hone, Oct 10 2015, Credit Andy Smith - 450

AN early strike from Katelyn Aitchinson proved enough for the University of Birmingham to beat hosts Buckingham and maintain top spot in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Strong defence from the home side ensured the league leaders – who have averaged more than three goals a game so far – did not score further, but equally Buckingham couldn’t break through a tight visiting defence.

Second-placed East Grinstead kept pace with the leaders as they won 5-0 at Bowdon Hightown, Pippa Chapman scoring in each half, while others came from Laura Unsworth, Lucy Bairner and Courtney Hansford.

And Surbiton remain unbeaten after beating hosts Clifton 4-1, Jenna Woolven, Jo Hunter, Sandra Roche and Abi Robinson getting on the scoresheet.

Emily Maguire scored the only goal of the game as Holcombe won at Reading to secure their first victory of the season.

And Susie Rowe scored from a penalty corner four minutes from the end to beat Leicester 2-1. Dirkie Chamberlain had given the home side a first half lead, while Kerry Whitehead scored Leicester’s goal just before the hour mark.

Investec Conference North

Suzy Petty hit a hat-trick as Beeston beat Springfields 7-0 in the Investec Conference North, condemning them their fourth defeat of the season.

The top two teams, Wakefield and Loughborough Students met and it was leaders Wakefield who came out on top, winning 3-1. Goals from Heather Stafford, Sophie Davies and Rosie Tootell saw them keep first place.

Ben Rhydding were also 3-1 winners, beating the University of Durham. Belper took their first win of the season with a 2-0 defeat of hosts Brooklands Poynton and the game between Liverpool Sefton and Whitley Bay and Tynemouth ended in a 1-1 draw.

Investec Conference East

Slough are still unbeaten in the Investec Conference East after beating Hampstead and Westminster 1-0. Philipa Newton’s second half strike was enough to give them three points. They lead the table by five points already.

Cambridge City moved up to second place with a 4-2 win over Maidenhead. Lucy Holder was on target twice.

St Albans were in fine form, beating Ipswich 5-1. Eleanor Watton hit a brace and other goals came through Natasha Humphris, Emily Panniers and Sarah Embrey.

Chelmsford were also winners with goals from Kate Taylor and Kate Robinson helping them to a 2-0 victory at home to Harleston Magpies.

Investec Conference West

Swansea City maintained their 100 per cent start to the season and stayed top of the Investec Conference West after a 2-0 victory at home to Oxford Hawks.

Katrin Budd and Lisa Daley both scored in the first half for the home side to give them a three point cushion on the chasing pack.

Sutton Coldfield kept up the pressure in second with a 2-1 win away at Trojans thanks to two goals from Emma McCabe, whilst Stourport stay third after they beat Isca 2-0.

Bristol Firebrands stay bottom after they were beaten 2-1 at home by Gloucester City, and the University of Bristol were 2-1 winners at Olton and West Warwicks.

* The above photo shows the University of Birmingham's Vanessa Hawkins, right, in action against Buckingham's Amie Hone, Oct 10 2015. Credit Andy Smith.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 10 2015):

Investec Women's Premier Division:
Buckingham 0, University of Birmingham 1; Clifton 1, Surbiton 4; Bowdon Hightown 0, East Grinstead 5; Reading 0, Holcombe 1; Canterbury 2, Leicester 1.

Investec Women's Conference East: Chelmsford 2, Harleston Magpies 0; Cambridge City 4, Maidenhead 2; St Albans 5, Ipswich 1; Slough 1, Hampstead and Westminster 0; Sevenoaks 2, Wimbledon 1.

Investec Women's Conference North: Brooklands Poynton 0, Belper 2; Beeston 7, Springfields 0; Liverpool Sefton 1, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 1; Ben Rhydding 3, University of Durham 1; Wakefield 3, Loughborough Students 1.

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