Leaders Univ of Birmingham in control

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THE University of Birmingham maintained their two-point lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division with a 3-1 win away at East Grinstead as the home side missed out on the chance to go top.

Erica Sanders scored either side of half time to give the visitors a 2-0 lead before Ruth Gordon reduced the deficit for East Grinstead with a goal three minutes from the end.

But a last-minute strike from Hannah Martin wrapped-up the match for Birmingham and kept up the league leaders’ unbeaten start to the season.

Surbiton kept up the pressure at the top with a 2-0 win at Leicester thanks to goals in each half from Jenna Woolven and Jo Hunter, leaving the home side in eighth place.

Sally Walton gave Bowdon Hightown a first-half lead at home against Holcombe, but goals from Sarah Jones and Jess Brooker turned the match on its head for Holcombe to secure a third win of the season.

Elsewhere Reading stay bottom after they lost an early lead to go down 2-1 at home to Clifton. Hannah Leigh put Reading in front after just three minutes but goals from Aileen Davis and Harriet Pearce came to Clifton’s rescue.

Buckingham are also still searching for their first win of the season following a 3-1 defeat away at Canterbury. Cara Brogan-Jones, Hannah Griggs and Susannah Townsend were on target for Canterbury and Phoebe Richards grabbed a consolation for Buckingham.

Investec Conference North

Tor Hughes scored a brace as Brooklands Poynton caused a major upset in the Investec Conference North by inflicting a first defeat of the season on Wakefield.

Hughes struck twice in the opening ten minutes to stun the leaders and although Gwen Smith and Georgia Byas scored for Wakefield, a third Brooklands goal from Jess Berry saw them win 3-2.

The University of Durham moved to within three points of Wakefield with a 3-2 win against Liverpool Sefton. Laura Bevan hit a double.

Loughborough Students stay third despite losing 3-1 to Beeston and Belper took a narrow 1-0 win over Whitely Bay and Tynemouth. In the other game, Ben Rhydding and Springfields drew 2-2.

Investec Conference West

Sutton Coldfield made the most of a slip up by Swansea to move into top spot in the Investec Conference West.

With Swansea losing 1-0 to Stourport thanks to a goal from Erin Preece, a Vikki Woolford double saw Sutton Coldfield beat Isca 2-1.

Trojans ran out 3-0 winners against the University of Bristol with Sally Gibson scoring twice.

Caro Harris hit a brace as Oxford Hawks got the better of Bristol Firebrands in a 4-3 thriller and in the other match of the day, Gloucester City beat Olton and West Warwicks 2-0.

Investec Conference East

Slough dropped their first points of the season as Wimbledon managed to hold them 1-1. Philipa Newton gave Slough an early lead but it was cancelled out by Catherine Ledesma.

At the opposite end of the table, Maidenhead are still searching for their first win and their latest defeat was a heavy one as a Hattie Sunderland hat-trick helped Harleston Magpies to a 6-0 win.

It was goals galore in the game between Hampstead and Westminster and Ipswich but Hayley Turner’s double helped Hampstead to a 5-3 win.

Cambridge City beat Chelmsford 4-1 and Sevenoaks drew 1-1 with St Albans.

* The above photo shows the University of Birmingham, current leaders of the Investec Premier Division. Credit: Andy Smith.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 24 2015):

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

Investec Women's Conference East: Chelmsford 1, Cambridge City 4; Hampstead and Westminster 5, Ipswich 3; Sevenoaks 1, St Albans 1; Wimbledon 1, Slough 1; Harleston Magpies 6, Maidenhead 0.

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

Investec Women's Conference West: Swansea City 0, Stourport 1; Bristol Firebrands 3, Oxford Hawks 4; Gloucester City 2, Olton and West Warwicks 0; University of Bristol 0, Trojans 3; Sutton Coldfield 2, Isca 1.