Investec Women's Cup takes centre stage

Clifton prepare to defend a penalty corner. Credit Peter Smith

With the drama and shock results of the last round of the Investec Women’s Cup still fresh in the memory, the third round is already upon us this weekend.

Barnes, of the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League, who produced the upset of the last round by knocking out holders Surbiton, will pit their wits against Chelmsford of the Investec Women’s East Conference. Chelmsford have made a start to the season but will have their work cut out to see off a Barnes side still riding high off their win in the last round.

East Grinstead, winners over Gloucester City in the last round take on last season’s beaten finalists, Clifton in an all Premier Division clash. Staines, who saw off Old Loughtonians in the previous round are set to face a star studded Holcombe side whilst Bowdon Hightown will make the journey to Boots to try and make it to the quarter finals.

There is an interesting clash of the Conferences as North meets West as Brooklands Poynton take on Stourport.

Hampstead and Westminster, finalists two years ago and in fine fettle in their debut season in the Investec Women’s Hockey League will be hoping to grab a Premier Division scalp in the shape of Buckingham.

Free-scoring Beeston of the North Conference will take the trip to Investec Premier Division Leaders University of Birmingham who are looking a forced to be reckoned with this season.

The final tie brings its own subplot as Loughborough Students coach James Ross returns to former club Ben Rhydding to battle for a place in the last eight.

With the competition wide open, teams will be dreaming of that place at finals day with two more wins after this round doing the job of completing their Road to Lee Valley.

Following the Round Three matches on Sunday in the Investec Women’s Cup, the draw for the Quarter Finals will be made live on Twitter at 7pm. This is the third year the draws will be made this way from the last eight of the competition so follow @EnglandHockey and use the hashtag #RoadtoLeeValley to join in!

For all the cup draws and results to date in the competition click here.