Birmingham back at the top

University of Birmingham's Joey Turnbull and Hannah Martin celebrate a goal. Credit Andy Smith - 450

AFTER losing top spot the previous weekend, the University of Birmingham regained the lead in the Investec Women’s Premier Division as they beat hosts Bowdon Hightown while rivals Surbiton were held to a draw.

The students won 2-0 away at Bowdon Hightown, Hannah Martin and Erica Sanders scoring the goals with goalkeeper Katherine Somerville saving a penalty stroke in the Birmingham goal.

Meanwhile, Surbiton slipped from the top as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Canterbury.

Jenna Woolven’s goal looked to have been enough to keep the visitors a point clear at the top, but a late strike from Grace Balsden salvaged a point for Canterbury who are third.

Buckingham stay bottom after they could only manage a 0-0 draw with Clifton, whilst Holcombe were comfortable 3-0 winners over Reading thanks to goals from Sarah Jones, Tamsyn Naylor and Kim Leiper.

Finally Leicester inflicted a quick-fire turnaround on East Grinstead to move up to seventh, Rachel Mack and Katie Long scoring after Alice Pyrgos had given the visitors the lead.

Investec Women’s Conference West

Olton and West Warwickshire took only their third win of the season in the Investec Conference West as they beat Isca 4-2.

Beth Marriott had given Isca an early lead but by the break, Olton were 3-1 leaders with goals from Katie Brough, Harriet Payne and Kathryn Berns. Although Sophie Jefferson reduced the arrears for Isca, Jane Wackett put the result beyond doubt with Olton’s fourth.

Sutton Coldfield lead the division by just one point after they beat Gloucester City 2-1. Just below them, Stourport kept the pressure on with a 2-1 win over Trojans. Bristol Firebrands and Swansea City drew 1-1 and Oxford Hawks beats the University of Bristol 4-2.

Investec Women’s Conference North

Wakefield are still top of the Investec Conference North despite losing 1-0 to Brooklands Poynton. Sophie Clough struck the winning goal in the 17th minute.

Beeston moved to within a point of the leaders with a 2-1 win over Loughborough Students. Sophie Robinson and Alice Huddlestone scored their goals.

The bottom two clubs met and it was Whitley Bay and Tynemouth who climbed above opponents Springfields after taking a 1-0 win with Joss Plummer scoring the all-important goal.

The University of Durham and Ben Rhydding played out an exciting 2-2 draw. Ben Rhydding took a two-goal lead through Jo Ellis and Eleanor Trafford but with ten minutes left, Durham scored a quickfire double through Juliette Inverdale and Anna Baker to take a share of the spoils. Liverpool Sefton drew 1-1 with Belper.

Investec Women’s Conference East

Slough extended their lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Conference East to nine points after Amy Sheehan’s goal gave them a 1-0 win away at St Albans.

The hosts started the day in second and were looking to close the gap on the league leaders, but Sheehan’s second half goal sees them fall to third after Cambridge won 3-1 away at Sevenoaks.

Ipswich remain winless at the bottom after they were beaten 7-1 away at Wimbledon, a hat-trick from Libby Sherriff helping to lift the home side to fifth. Elsewhere Harleston Magpies were 3-0 winners at home to Chelmsford and Hampstead and Westminster drew 2-2 at home to Maidenhead.

Investec Women’s Cup

The quarter finals of the Investec Women’s Cup were played on Sunday and Clifton came from two goals down to knock out Investec Premier Division leaders, the University of Birmingham.

Hannah Martin and Alicia Caillard put Birmingham 2-0 up after 11 minutes but goals from Jess Bloom, Izzy Palmer and Zoe Leach won it for Clifton.

Barnes’ fantastic cup run finally came to an end, the South Clubs Women’s Hockey League Division One team losing 2-1 to Conference North outfit Brooklands Poynton. Sophie Clough scored the goals for Brooklands and Teddy Middlebrook scored a consolation for Barnes.

The all-premier tie between Holcombe and Bowdon Hightown ended with a 1-0 win for Holcombe, Sarah Jones scoring the goal.

Premier Division strugglers Buckingham knocked out Conference North Ben Rhydding as Karina Nicolson, Leanne Grimsley and Abbie Brant gave them a 3-2 win. Beth Cordukes and Jen Wilson scored the consolation goals for Ben Rhydding.

* The above photo shows the University of Birmingham's Joey Turnbull and Hannah Martin celebrating a goal. Credit Andy Smith.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, February 13 2016):

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

Investec Women's Conference East: Sevenoaks 1, Cambridge City 3; St Albans 0, Slough 1; Hampstead and Westminster 2, Maidenhead 2; Wimbledon 7, Ipswich 1; Harleston Magpies 3, Chelmsford 0.

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

Investec Women's Conference West: Bristol Firebrands 1, Swansea City 1; Gloucester City 1, Sutton Coldfield 2; Trojans 1, Stourport 2; Olton and West Warwicks 4, Isca 2; University of Bristol 2, Oxford Hawks 4.

Investec Women’s Cup (Sunday, February 14 2016):

Buckingham 3, Ben Rhydding 2; Holcombe 1, Bowdon Hightown 0; Clifton 3, University of Birmingham 2; Barnes 1, Brooklands Poynton 2.

League Finals weekend now on sale

The next big event in the club calendar is the League Finals Weekend on the 16th and 17th April – this year the Men’s and Investec Women’s Hockey Leagues Finals and playoffs are combined into one action-packed weekend at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre so drama is guaranteed!

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