Birmingham win sees them go clear

Clifton's Dawn Mitchell Mackenzie shoots during their clash with the University of Birmingham. Credit Peter Smith - 450


The University of Birmingham opened up a four-point gap on Surbiton with a 4-2 win over Clifton in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Jo Turnbull opened the scoring, firing home in the 12th minute before Sade Gerald doubled the lead on 24 minutes.

Laura Bridge pulled one back for Clifton but the students made it 3-1 through Hannah Martin.

Claire Thomas set up a tense conclusion to the game by bringing Clifton back to within a goal with 10 minutes remaining but Erica Sanders put the game out of reach for Birmingham in the 67th minute.

Previously one of three teams tied on 18 points and battling for the final play-off spot, East Grinstead opened up a three point lead on their rivals when they beat Holcombe 4-1.

Pippa Chapman, Josephine Blunt, Alice Pygos and Takara Haines scored for the hosts with Nicola White grabbing a consolation for Holcombe.

In the other game of the day, Leicester ran out 2-0 winners against Buckingham after hitting two goals in the second half.

Liz George broke the deadlock on 42 minutes and with two minutes remaining, Rachel Mack sealed the three points from a penalty corner.

Investec Women’s Conference West

Sutton Coldfield stay top of the Investec Conference West after a 4-1 win over Trojans.

Susan Wood opened the scoring after six minutes but Trojans drew level through Jill Tombs in the 26th. Jane Sixsmith put Sutton Coldfield back ahead and a brace from Sarah Parkinson-Mills ended the scoring. Stourport are just a point behind after beating the University of Bristol 4-0.

Gloucester City are just one place above Oxford Hawks in third but ran out comfortable 4-1 winners against their opponents. Zoe Burford and Kim Pullon scored twice each.

Bristol Firebrands took a narrow 1-0 win over Olton and West Warwicks courtesy of a Megan Brazil goal and Isca also won 1-0 with Megan Crowson’s goal enough to beat Swansea City.

Investec Women’s Conference North

Wakefield continue to lead the Investec Women’s Conference North and Loughborough Students were their latest victims, losing 4-2.

A double from Cat Horn helped Wakefield to a victory which sees them keep their two-point cushion at the top.

Brooklands Poynton are waiting for Wakefield to slip up and have only lost once this season. They beat Springfields 3-0. Ben Rhydding were also 3-0 winners, beating Liverpool Sefton.

The University of Durham beat Belper 2-1 and Beeston took a 4-1 win over Whitley Bay and Tynemouth with Sophie Robinson scoring twice.

Investec Women’s Conference East

Slough pulled 12 points clear at the top of the Investec Women’s Conference East with a 3-1 win at home to Sevenoaks.

Harriet Ward, Melissa Ball and Amy Sheehan secured the goals for the league leaders who have been beaten only once all season, whilst Charlotte Lechmere was on target for Sevenoaks who drop to seventh.

Wimbledon leapfrogged their hosts Cambridge City into third with goals from Cherry Seaborn, Lauren Seaman and Emer Hickey in a 3-1 win, whilst the bottom two sides Maidenhead and Ipswich cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw.

Elsewhere Harleston Magpies scored a last minute goal to defeat St Albans 1-0 and Chelmsford survived a late rally from Hampstead and Westminster to win 3-2.

* The above photo shows Clifton's Dawn Mitchell-Williams shooting during their clash with the University of Birmingham. Credit Peter Smith

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, February 20 2016):

 

Investec Women’s Premier Division: Clifton 2, University of Birmingham 4; East Grinstead 4, Holcombe 1; Leicester 2, Buckingham 0.

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

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

Investec Women's Conference West: Oxford Hawks 1, Gloucester City 4; Olton and West Warwicks 0, Bristol Firebrands 1; Swansea City 0, Isca 1; Sutton Coldfield 4, Trojans 1; Stourport 4, University of Bristol 0.

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