The Road to Lee Valley: Women's Cup draw is now known

Sue Bodicombe presents a Hampstead and Westminster player with her medal

The second round of the Investec Women’s Cup took place this past weekend and there was no little drama as some big names fell on their swords.

The most eye-catching of the casualties has to be that of holders Surbiton, who were dumped out of the competition by Barnes of the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division One. The Sugden Road side had not lost a competitive domestic game since February 2014 and despite a depleted side, would have expected to get the job done on Sunday. Barnes had other ideas and a goal four minutes into the second half by Abbie Smith as well as some inspired goalkeeping from Katie Martin-Fagg handed them a shock win and ground Surbiton’s incredible streak to a halt.

Their reward is a home tie against Investec Conference East side Chelmsford who saw off Sevenoaks on penalties after an entertaining 4-4 draw in normal time.

There is an all-Premier division clash between East Grinstead and Clifton after both sides negotiated tough ties in the previous round against Gloucester City and Maidenhead respectively.

North Conference meets West Conference in another tie as Brooklands Poynton, winners over Cannock face Stourport. Doncaster fell to Stourport in the last round by virtue of a penalty shootout defeat.

Beeston won a roller coaster clash with Sutton Coldfield, eventually taking a 5-4 victory thanks in part to three goals from three different Sophies. Byrne, Hall and Robinson all notched goals for the Bees with Rebekah Walker bagging the first and Issy Davison scoring what proved to be the winner. Their reward is a trip to Investec Premier Division pace setters University of Birmingham.

Hampstead and Westminster, finalists in 2013-14 saw off Lindum, 3-0 and will face Premier Division outfit Buckingham, themselves 3-1 winners over Reading. Staines will host Holcombe and Boots have the stiff test of overcoming Bowdon Hightown. The Seahorses, who love a cup run, overcame Liverpool Sefton, 2-0 and will be hoping to continue their Road to Lee Valley in the next round.

The final tie is between Ben Rhydding and Loughborough Students. Rhydding notched an impressive 13-0 win over Didsbury Northern in the last round whilst Loughborough were indebted to goalkeeper Laura Myers, who saved all of Leamington’s efforts in a penalty shootout to help her side through. This match has an interesting sub-plot as it gives a return to the Yorkshire club for former coach James Ross, now in charge of the Students. Will it be a happy home coming for the coach or will his former charges end his Road to Lee Valley? We will find out on 8 November when the ties take place!

For all the competition details including draws and results so far, click here.