Canterbury continue unbeaten run

Canterbury's Sarah Kerly in action against Surbiton. Credit Andy Smith - 450


Canterbury remained unbeaten in the Women’s Super 6s Championship Premier Division, winning both of their games on Sunday. They faced a Surbiton side still looking for their first point, but it was far from easy for the early table-toppers as they battled to a narrow 2-1 win. Sarah Kerly scored in both halves and Sarah Haycroft got the consolation for Surbiton.

Canterbury’s second game against the University of Birmingham was won in more emphatic fashion as Kerly once again scored a brace in a 5-1 win. Anna Kolarova also scored twice with Grace Balsdon also on target, ensuring the Kent side went marching into the semi-finals in fine form.

The University of Birmingham won their other game, beating bottom of the table Surbiton 7-2 in the final game of the day. Emily Defroand and Hannah Martin both bagged a brace meaning the Students snuck into the final qualification place, narrowly pipping Slough.

East Grinstead finished second courtesy of a 5-1 win over Bowdon Hightown and a 1-1 draw with Sutton Coldfield. Malou Pheninckx led the scoring against Sutton Coldfield with a hat-trick. That means there will be a repeat of last year's final against Bowdon Hightown in this year's semi-final after the reigning champions secured third spot. Despite their loss to East Grinstead, Hightown's other game ended in a thrilling 5-5 draw against Sutton Coldfield. Sally Walton was in great form, scoring all six of their goals on the day.

Sutton Coldfield managed to salvage the game with a last minute Clare Florida-James goal. It was her second of the match with Charlene Mason hitting a brace and Vicky Woolford scoring their other.

Chloe Rogers was another player in fine form, scoring a hat-trick to help Leicester to a 6-4 win over Slough. But she could do nothing to stop her side slumping to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Reading as Kate Richardson-Walsh scored three to salvage the Sonning Lane team's top flight status and condemn Leicester to division one next season alongside rock-bottom Surbiton.

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