Lee Valley in sight for last eight

Clifton celebrate scoring at Lee Valley

Bowdon Hightown roared into the quarter finals of the Investec Women’s Cup this past weekend with an 8-0 demolition of Boots.

The Seahorses who last won this competition in 2012-13 led 2-0 at the break but a devastating second half blitz took them well out of the reach of their opponents. Sally Walton stole the show, striking four goals whilst there were further goals from Nat Wray, Tina Cullen, Lisa Garbutt and Jane Donnelly.

Hightown’s opponents in the next round will be fellow Investec Premier Division outfit Holcombe. The Kent side were also big winners on Sunday, putting Staines to the sword by bagging seven goals without reply. Jess Brooker showed her prowess in front of goal with a hat-trick whilst Kim Leiper, Leigh Maasdorp, Harriet Alexander and Rhianna Campbell notched the other strikes.

Barnes, who slayed the might of Surbiton in the last round continued their fantastic cup run. Teddy Middlebrook’s 18th minute goal was enough for them to claim the scalp of Investec Conference East side Chelmsford. Barnes will hope for yet more cup heroics in the quarter finals, taking on as they do, Conference North outfit Brooklands Poynton. Ellen Lockhart’s 35th minute penalty corner did the damage as Poynton edged out Stourport, taking the tie 1-0.

Buckingham put aside their league woes to continue their march towards the finals at Lee Valley. They defeated 2013-14 finalists Hampstead and Westminster. Phoebe Richards supplied a brace before Rebecca Heywood added a third. Ami Askew’s 70th minute goal for the visitors was too little, too late.

Awaiting Buckingham in the next round will be Ben Rhydding who won an action-packed game against Loughborough Students. Tanisha Janzen gave the hosts the lead and although Ellie Tait’s goal ensured it was level at the break, two goals in ten minutes from Jo Ellis and Laura Smith put Rhydding in the ascendancy before Rachel Doherty’s penalty corner six minutes from time hammered the final nail in the Students’ coffin. Madeleine Newlyn struck back in the 70th minute but it proved to be a mere consolation.

The last quarter final tie will be an all Premier Division affair as Clifton welcome leaders University of Birmingham. The Premier Division’s pace-setters showed their strength as a brace from Hannah Martin and a goal five minutes from time by Amelia Andrew saw off a stern test from Beeston. Meanwhile Clifton overcame East Grinstead despite falling behind to a Zoe Burrell goal in the 15th minute. Goals three minutes before the break and three minutes after the interval from Claire Thomas and Aileen Davies turned the game on its head before Els Mansell made the match safe in the 47th minute.

With just two games to go before a place in the showpiece final, the race for the Investec Women’s Cup is getting down to the business end of the competition. Who will make it all the way on the Road to Lee Valley?

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