Surbiton go top after beating rivals

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Surbiton leapfrogged the University of Birmingham into first place in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division with a convincing 3-0 away win on Saturday.

The students had been looking to go five points clear of the visitors, but fell behind in the first half to a goal from Naomi Evans before Sarah Page and Jo Hunter completed the win for Surbiton, who move to the top of the league by a point.

Canterbury consolidated third place with a 1-0 win at Bowdon Hightown, a first half goal from Anna Kolarova helping to keep the pressure on the top two for Canterbury whilst Bowdon stay one off the bottom in ninth.

Buckingham are still bottom but registered their first victory of the season at Reading. Abbie Brant and Katrina Nicholson scored their goals in a 2-1 win, whilst Leicester registered a 3-1 win at Holcombe with goals from Sally Whyte, Katie Long and Rachel Mack.

Elsewhere, East Grinstead twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw at home to Clifton, Zoe Burrell and Lucy Bairner hitting back for the hosts after Nicky Moss and Clare Thomas had put Clifton in the ascendency.

Investec Women’s Conference North

Wakefield swept to a 4-1 win at Springfields to maintain a five-point lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Conference North.

A hat-trick from Rosie Tootell and a goal from Heather Stafford were enough for the league leaders after Leanne Sharples had scored to equalise midway through the first half.

Brooklands Poynton remained in touch with the top after goals from Annabelle Watton and Sarah Newman helped them to a 2-1 victory against the University of Durham, whilst at the other end Whitley Bay and Tynemouth went down 2-0 away at Belper to remain rooted to the bottom.

Beeston picked up a 3-1 win at home to Liverpool Sefton, and Ben Rhydding claimed a comfortable 3-1 win against Loughborough Students.

Investec Women’s Conference West

Sutton Coldfield remain a point clear at the top of the Investec Women’s Conference West after they racked up a comfortable 3-0 win at Bristol Firebrands.

Jen Parkinson-Mills, Vicky Woolford and Charlene Mason got the goals for Sutton Coldfield who sit a point clear of Stourport at the top.

The second-placed side weathered a second half comeback from Swansea City to claim a 2-1 win, early goals from Sarah Cavendish and Lora Symonds proving enough despite Katrin Budd’s late goal for the visitors.

Elsewhere Oxford Hawks played out a 2-2 draw with Olton and West Warwicks, Isca beat Trojans 3-0 and Gloucester City triumphed 3-0 away at the University of Bristol.

Investec Women’s Conference East

Slough saw their lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Conference East cut to eight points after they could only manage a 0-0 draw away at Harleston Magpies.

That result means that second-placed St Albans move two points closer to the league leaders thanks to Sarah Embrey’s winning goal away at bottom side Ipswich.

Elsewhere in the division Wimbledon claimed a 3-1 win at home to Chelmsford to leave them sixth, Sevenoaks ran out 3-1 winners over Maidenhead and Cambridge City were 3-1 winners at home to Hampstead and Westminster.

* The above photo shows Surbiton celebrating Naomi Evans’ opener. Credit: Andy Smith.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, February 6 2016):

Investec Women’s Premier Division: Bowdon 0, Canterbury 1; East Grinstead 2, Clifton 2; Holcombe 1, Leicester 3; Reading 1, Buckingham 2; University of Birmingham 0, Surbiton 3.

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

Investec Women's Conference North: Beeston 3, Liverpool Sefton 1; Belper 2, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 0; Ben Rhydding 3, Loughborough Students 1; Brooklands Poynton 2, University of Durham 1; Springfields 1, Wakefield 4.

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

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