Canterbury set for Birmingham clash

Susannah Townsend Canterbury Aileen Davis Clifton - 450

Beaten finalists last season, Canterbury travel to early league leaders the University of Birmingham for a tough clash in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Currently fourth, Canterbury could move up to second and within two points of the leaders if they take victory and other results go in their favour, but Jen Wilson isn’t looking at the table just yet.

“We’re not a team that focuses on the table until much later in the season,” she said. “There are good teams throughout the table, and through the season things will change.

“Birmingham have been playing really well and getting good results. Their goal difference is one that any coach would be happy with, and we expect them to be a tough prospect. But these are the types of games that we relish.”

Meanwhile, East Grinstead are on the road to Holcombe as they bid to maintain their great unbeaten start to life in the top flight. Last weekend Holcombe picked up a 1-0 win over Reading who go to third-placed Surbiton on Saturday.

Clifton play host to Buckingham with both sides needing points to move up the table, while Leicester are at home against Bowdon Hightown in the day’s other Premier Division match.

Third plays second in the Investec Women’s Conference West, with Stourport at home against Sutton Coldfield. Meanwhile, leaders Swansea City will be aiming to make it six out of six as they go to Olton and West Warwicks.

It’s a similar situation in the Investec Conference East, with second-placed Cambridge playing host to third-placed St Albans. Leaders Slough take their 100 per cent record to Ipswich.

Wakefield face a tough challenge to their lead in the Investec Conference North as third-placed Ben Rhydding come to College Grove. Second-placed Loughborough Students entertain Whitley Bay and Tynemouth.

* The above photograph shows Canterbury’s Susannah Townsend (left) in action against Clifton. Credit: Peter Smith.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 17 2015):

Investec Premier Division
Clifton v Buckingham 13:00
Holcombe v East Grinstead 16:00
Leicester v Bowdon Hightown 14:00
Univ of Birmingham v Canterbury 14:15
Surbiton v Reading 15:30

Investec Conference East
Cambridge City v St Albans 12:30
Maidenhead v Chelmsford 13:30
Ipswich v Slough 14:00
Wimbledon v Hampstead and Westminster 14:00
Harleston Magpies v Sevenoaks 14:00

Investec Conference North
Belper v Beeston 12:00
Loughborough Students v Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 12:30
Liverpool Sefton v Brooklands Poynton 13:30
Wakefield v Ben Rhydding 13:30
Springfields v Univ of Durham 14:00

Investec Conference West
Oxford Hawks v Univ of Bristol 12:00
Trojans v Bristol Firebrands 12:00
Olton and West Warwicks v Swansea City 12:00
Isca v Gloucester City 12:30
Stourport v Sutton Coldfield 18:00