Clifton Robinsons maintain 100% start

Hannah Coulson celebrates with her Clifton Robinsons team mates Credit Peter Smith 450


In-form Clifton Robinsons are the only team with a 100 per cent record in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after a 4-1 win over newcomers Slough.

Victoria Plimmer, Claire Thomas and Jessica Bloom put Clifton 3-0 up before Amy Sheehan replied for Slough. But the visitors found the net again with Hannah Coulson sweeping home six minutes from the end.

After drawing with Surbiton in the opening weekend, Holcombe chalked up their first win with a convincing 5-2 defeat of Reading.

Eleanor Watton and Lucy Wood bagged a brace each with Leah Wilkinson also hitting the target. Emma Thomas and Marianne Downer scored for Reading.

Surbiton beat the University of Birmingham 3-2 with strikes from Jo Hunter, Emily Defroand and Sarah Page giving them the win. Erica Sanders found herself on the losing side despite scoring the first and last goals in a tense match.

Goals from Tara Melvin and Charlene Mason gave Bowdon Hightown a 2-0 win over Leicester and East Grinstead move up to third in the table with a drawing 1-1 with Canterbury.

Mel Clewlow’s 52nd minute conversion of a corner looked to have been enough for Canterbury bur Bridget Blackwood rescued a point for the visitors with time running out.

Investec Women's Conference East

Cherry Seaborn and Rosie Macpherson both scored twice as Wimbledon ran out comfortable 8-2 winners over West Herts in the Women’s Conference East.

Harleston Magpies are two wins out of two at the start of new campaign, a brace from Maria Andrews helping them to a 5-0 victory over Northampton Saints.

Cathy Gilliat-Smith and Jess Denniff were both on target for Sevenoaks in a 2-0 win at Cambridge City, maintaining their unbeaten start to the season.

St Albans and Southgate drew 2-2 with all four goals coming inside the last 20 minutes, whilst Chelmsford versus Hampstead and Westminster finished goalless.

Investec Women's Conference North

Two second half goals from Sophie Robinson helped Beeston to a 4-0 victory over Belper on Friday evening, a win which leaves them top of the Investec Conference North table.

Esme Burge had given the hosts the lead after 19 minutes, while Rebekah Walker also chipped in with a second half goal.

Brooklands Poynton are the only other team with a 100 per cent record after winning 1-0 at Sutton Coldfield, Annie Mills scoring their goal.

Elsewhere, Loughborough Students won 3-1 at home against Wakefield, while Timperley beat Ben Rhydding 2-1 and the University of Durham drew 1-1 with Liverpool Sefton.

Investec Women's Conference West

Stourport are two from two in the Conference West after running out 5-2 winners at home to Gloucester City, Lora Symonds scoring twice.

Two Katie Brough goals in the first 15 minutes led Olton & West Warwicks to a 3-0 win away at Exe, maintaining their 100% start to the season.

Goals from Sally Gibson and Allison Evans helped Trojans defeat Oxford Hawks 3-0 to also give them maximum points from their opening two matches.

A hat-trick from Abbie Brant and a brace from Katrina Nicholson saw Buckingham to a 7-0 home victory over Isca University, whilst Swansea City won 1-0 at Bristol Firebrands.


The above photo shows Hannah Coulson celebrating a goal with her Clifton Robinsons team mates. Credit Peter Smith.


Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, September 24 2016):

Investec Women’s Premier Division: Slough 1, Clifton Robinsons 4; Bowdon Hightown 2, Leicester 0; Surbiton 3, University of Birmingham 2; Canterbury 1, East Grinstead 1; Reading 2, Holcombe 5

Investec Women's Conference East: Cambridge City 0, Sevenoaks 2; St Albans 2, Southgate 2; Chelmsford 0, Hampstead and Westminster 0; Harleston Magpies 5, Northampton Saints 0; Wimbledon 8, West Herts 2.

Investec Women's Conference North: University of Durham 1, Liverpool Sefton 1; Loughborough Students 3, Wakefield 1; Sutton Coldfield 0, Brooklands Poynton 1; Timperley 2, Ben Rhydding 1.

Investec Women's Conference West: Buckingham 7, Isca 0; Exe 0, Olton and West Warwicks 3; Trojans 3, Oxford Hawks 0; Stourport 5, Gloucester City 2; Bristol Firebrands 0, Swansea City 1.