Burrell blast helps East Grinstead beat Holcombe

East Grinstead celebrate a goal. Credit Simon Parker - 450


Holcombe were knocked off the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after being defeated 1-0 at home to East Grinstead.

Zoe Burrell scored the only goal of the game, converting a penalty corner on the stroke of half time to move the visitors above Holcombe and into second in the table.

The new league leaders are Surbiton, after they picked up all three points with a 3-0 win at Canterbury.

Jo Hunter and Hannah Martin scored before the interval, with Rebecca Middleton adding a third seven minutes from time.

Elsewhere, The University of Birmingham won 2-1 at Clifton Robinsons to leapfrog them in the table.

Erica Sanders scored her eighth of the season after three minutes, and despite a Jess Bloom equaliser, Amy Costello scored the winner just before the break.

Slough picked up their first win of the season in a closely fought 4-3 win at Bowdon Hightown.

Mel Bell hit a brace, with Philipa Newton and Amy Sheehan also on target for the visitors. Bowdon had twice equalised through Kayleigh Humphreys and Tara Melvin, and a late strike from Lily Wolstenholme proved to be a consolation.

Leicester ran out 3-0 winners at bottom side Reading. Two goals in two first half minutes from Katie Long and Madeleine Newlyn were added to by Liz George, to give the visitors all three points.


Investec Women's Conference East

Sevenoaks made it five wins from five to stay top of the Investec Conference East, with a 6-1 win at Chelmsford.

Jess Denniff and Katy Warrington both scored two, with Maddie Thompson and Cathy Gilliat-Smith also on target.

Nicola Lloyd converted a penalty corner to keep Wimbledon second after a 1-0 win at home to Cambridge City.

Harleston Magpies ran out 5-3 winners over Southgate, with Lucy Whiting scoring two goals in two minutes. The Conference’s leading scorer Alex Fenwick scored a hat-trick for the visitors.

Fleur Horner scored a hat trick and Helen Cathcart a brace as Hampstead and Westminster won 7-3 at Northampton Saints.

Two from Amie Hone helped St Albans to a 4-0 win at West Herts, the only side still to register a point this season.


Investec Women's Conference North

Beeston had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the Investec Conference North at the University of Durham.

Ellie Rawnsley cancelled out Eloise Stenner’s opener, as both sides preserved their unbeaten starts to the season, Beeston stayed top.

Brooklands Poynton moved second with a comfortable 5-0 win at Timperley, with Aine Curran, Annie Mills, Caroline Hulme and Claire Wallace all scoring before the break.

Georgia Byas scored in the last minute to give Wakefield a 1-0 at home to Belper, denying the visitors their first point of the season.

Elsewhere, Jo Ellis scored twice to give Ben Rhydding a 2-1 win at Sutton Coldfield and Loughborough Students won 1-0 at Liverpool Sefton.


Investec Women's Conference West

Stourport moved top of the Investec Conference West, as they emphatically broke Trojans 100 per cent record this season with a 7-0 home victory.

Sarah Parkinson-Mills scored a hat trick with Hannah Coulson, Claire Pearson, Lora Symonds and Cerys Preston were all on target to ensure the hosts remain the only unbeaten side in the conference.

That came after previous leaders Olton and West Warwicks went down to their first defeat of the season, a 3-0 loss at Isca.

Sophie Jefferson and Meg Crowson scored inside ten minutes, with Vicki Gill adding a third to claim an impressive victory for the hosts.

Alex Naughalty and Storm Sunderland both scored twice to help Buckingham to a 6-1 win at home to Exe.

Meanwhile, two goals in the last seven minutes gave Swansea City a 2-1 win at home to Gloucester City, and Oxford Hawks claimed their first points of the campaign with a 3-1 win over Bristol Firebrands.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 15, 2016):

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

Investec Women's Conference East: Chelmsford 1, Sevenoaks 6; Harleston Magpies 5, Southgate 3; Northampton Saints 3, Hampstead and Westminster 7; West Herts 0, St. Albans 4; Wimbledon 1, Cambridge City 0.

Investec Women's Conference North: Liverpool Sefton 0, Loughborough Students 1; Sutton Coldfield 1, Ben Rhydding 2; Timperley 0, Brooklands Poynton 5; University of Durham 1, Beeston 1; Wakefield 1, Belper 0.

Investec Women's Conference West: Buckingham 6, Exe 1; Isca 3, Olton & West Warwicks 0; Oxford Hawks 3, Bristol Firebrands 1; Stourport 7, Trojans 0; Swansea City 2, Gloucester City 1.