Narrow win keeps University of Birmingham top

Amelia Andrew in action for the Univ of Birmingham. Credit Andy Smith 450

A first half goal from Amelia Andrew was enough to give the University of Birmingham a 1-0 win away at Leicester and keep them on top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Andrew scored after six minutes against struggling Leicester to maintain the visitors’ unbeaten start to the season and keep daylight between themselves and the chasing pack.

That result means Surbiton remain two points behind the students despite their 3-1 victory at winless Buckingham.

Goals from Emily Atkinson, Sarah Page and Giselle Ansley had Surbiton three in front by the time Alyson Billington hit back with a consolation for Buckingham who remain bottom.

Clifton moved up to fourth after they registered a 3-2 win away at Bowdon Hightown thanks to two goals from Claire Thomas.

Els Mansell had levelled up for Clifton after Natalie Wray had scored to give Bowdon the lead early on, and Lisa Garbutt made it 2-2 before Thomas grabbed a late winner.

And on Sunday, Canterbury and Holcombe drew 1-1 with goals coming from Susannah Townsend and Leigh Maasdorp.

There was also a draw between Reading and East Grinstead, 3-3. Kate Richardson-Walsh scored twice for Reading and Georgie Blackwood added one, while East Grinstead's goals came from Pippa Chapman (2) and Zoe Burrell.

Investec Conference East

Mel Ball scored to maintain Slough’s eight-point lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Conference East with a 1-0 win away at Cambridge City.

Ball struck shortly after half time for the league leaders as Cambridge missed the chance to cut the gap at the top.

Hampstead and Westminster climbed into second after goals from Joyce Esser and Amy Askew gave them a 2-1 away at Harleston Magpies.

The home side had led at the break through Susan Wessels’ strike but a second half turnaround saw Hampstead and Westminster maintain the pressure at the top.

Elsewhere Ipswich are still without a win after they were beaten 3-1 at home by Chelmsford, whilst Sevenoaks won 1-0 at Wimbledon and St Albans beat Maidenhead 2-1.

Investec Conference North

Wakefield retained their six-point lead at the top of the Investec Conference North after a narrow 1-0 win over Ben Rhydding. Cat Horn scored the only goal of the game on 53 minutes.

University of Durham survived a late scare to take a 3-2 victory over Springfields. A double from Christabel McWhirter had helped Durham to a 3-0 lead but two late goals from Springfields made for a tense finish.

Liverpool Sefton were also 3-2 winners, taking only their second three points of their campaign. The scores were level until the 64th minute when Hannah Gavigan scored the winner.

Brooklands Poynton beat Whitely Bay and Tynemouth 2-0 and Beeston drew 1-1 with Belper.

Investec Conference West

Sarah Cavendish scored twice for Stourport to deal Sutton Coldfield just their second defeat of the season.

Jen Parkinson-Mills had put the league leaders ahead before Cavendish hit back to cut the gap between the two sides at the top to a point.

Swansea City in third also closed in on the leaders with a 3-1 win away at the University of Bristol with two goals from Katrin Budd and one from Sophie Clayton making the difference.

Isca were 5-2 winners against Oxford Hawks thanks to a four-goal haul from Megan Crowson, whilst Sally Gibson’s goal gave Trojans a 1-0 win away at Bristol Firebrands and Olton and West Warwicks were 1-0 winners against Gloucester City.

* The above photo shows University of Birmingham scorer Amelia Andrew. Credit Andy Smith.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 21 2015):

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

Investec Women's Conference East: Cambridge City 0, Slough 1; Maidenhead 1, St Albans 2; Wimbledon 0, Sevenoaks 1; Harleston Magpies 1, Hampstead and Westminster 2; Ipswich 1, Chelmsford 3.

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

Investec Women's Conference West: Olton and West Warwicks 1, Gloucester City 0; Isca 5, Oxford Hawks 2; University of Bristol 1, Swansea City 3; Sutton Coldfield 1, Stourport 2; Bristol Firebrands 0, Trojans 1.

Investec Women's Hockey League (Sunday, November 22 2015):

Investec Women's Premier Division: Canterbury 1, Holcombe 1; Reading 3, East Grinstead 3.