Holcombe go top as rivals settle for a draw

Nicki Moss shoots for Clifton v Bowdon. Credit Peter Smith - 450

Holcombe moved to the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after a 4-1 home victory over Slough on Saturday.

Philipa Newton had opened the scoring for Slough in the first half, but field goals from Lucy Wood and Eleanor Watton turned the game, before two late penalty corners were converted by Sarah Jones and Emily Maguire.

Clifton Robinsons were back to winning ways, after a 2-1 home victory over Bowdon Hightown moved them up to second in the table.

Abigail Porter scored in the first half, and Laura Bridge scored two minute from time to secure the point for the hosts. Jane Donnelly converted a penalty corner for Bowdon, a consolation goal with the last play of the match

Both Holcombe and Clifton capitalised after Surbiton and East Grinstead finished all square in Surrey.

Jenna Woolven scored for Surbiton after ten minutes, but Alice Pyrgos scored from a penalty corner three minutes from time to earn a share of the points as both sides preserved their unbeaten starts to the season.

Leicester produced an impressive result, claiming their first victory of the season in a 1-0 win at free-scoring University of Birmingham.

Rachel Mack scored the visitors’ first goal in the league this season to take all three points for Leicester.

Sunday’s match saw Canterbury pick up a 2-1 win at Reading, who are still yet to win this year.

Mel Clewlow levelled for the visitors after Marianne Downer had put Reading in front, and Eliza Brett scored two minutes from time to give Canterbury all three points.

Investec Women's Conference East

Sevenoaks preserved their perfect start to the season with a 6-2 home victory over West Herts in the Investec Conference East.

Samantha Danckert scored a brace, with Jess Denniff, Sophie Crosley, Kate Reynolds and Cathy Gilliat-Smith also on target. Anna Coppel scored both for the visitors who are yet to register a point this season.

Harleston Magpies remain unbeaten, thanks to a late Elizabeth Clymer goal rescuing them a point in a 2-2 draw at St Albans.

Wimbledon moved second in the table with a 4-2 home victory over Chelmsford, Lynn Vanderstichele and Tamsyn Naylor amongst the goals.

Elsewhere, five goals in 18 second half minutes turned the game as Hampstead and Westminster beat Southgate 5-2, and Cambridge City beat Northampton Saints 3-0.

Investec Women's Conference North

Sophie Robinson scored after just 7.84 seconds to help Investec Conference North leaders Beeston to a thumping 6-1 win over Timperley.

Robinson scored twice and Rosie Stephens, Alice Huddlestone, as well as debutants Maddy Wray and Paige Gillott were all on the scoresheet for the hosts, who are four wins from four.

The University of Durham remain unbeaten, as they ran out 3-0 winners at Loughborough, with Lorna Cruickshank, Claire Dobison and Anna Baker on target.

Brooklands Poynton remain third after a comfortable 4-1 victory at Ben Rhydding.

Sutton Coldfield came from two goals behind to register their first points of the campaign, a 3-2 win over bottom side Belper, and Wakefield won 1-0 at home to Liverpool Sefton.

Investec Women's Conference West

Olton & West Warwicks remain top of the Investec Conference West, after a 2-1 home victory over Buckingham.

Phoebe Richards had given the visitors a first half lead, but goals from Sally Walton and a Mandy Gatherer strike one minute from time maintained the hosts' 100 per cent start.

Trojans also hold a perfect record, as second half goals from Allison Evans, Jill Tombs and Cat Horn lifted them to a 3-1 victory over Bristol Firebrands.

Stourport remain unbeaten after a convincing 5-0 home win over Isca University.

Elsewhere, Gloucester won 2-1 at home against Oxford Hawks, whilst Exe came from behind twice to claim their first three points, a 3-2 victory over Swansea.


Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 8, 2016):


Investec Women's Premier Division: Holcombe 4, Slough 1; Clifton Robinsons 2, Bowdon 1; Surbiton 1, East Grinstead 1; University of Birmingham 0, Leicester 1.

Investec Women's Conference East: Cambridge City 3, Northampton Saints 0; Sevenoaks 6, West Herts 2; Southgate 2, Hampstead and Westminster 5; St. Albans 2, Harleston Magpies 2; Wimbledon 4, Chelmsford 2.

Investec Women's Conference North: Beeston 6, Timperley 1; Ben Rhydding 1, Brooklands Poynton 4; Loughborough Students 0, University of Durham 3; Sutton Coldfield 3, Belper 2; Wakefield 1, Liverpool Sefton 0.

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