Late goal helps Surbiton stay top

Joie Leigh celebrates her goal for Clifton against Leicester. Credit Andrew Smith 450

Surbiton maintained their lead of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division in dramatic fashion on Saturday with a 1-0 win at home to Reading.

Giselle Ansley scored from a last minute penalty stroke to earn all three points for the hosts, denying Reading their first point of the campaign after a strong defensive performance.

Holcombe are second after also picking up a 1-0 victory away to Kent rivals Canterbury. Emily Maguire converted a penalty corner midway through the second half to earn the points for the visitors.

The University of Birmingham were convincing winners at Slough, claiming a 4-0 victory.

Katelyn Aitchinson scored a brace before half time, with Jo Turnbull and Lily Owsley sealing victory in the second half.

Clifton Robinsons claimed three points on the road at Leicester. Joanna Leigh (pictured) scored the game’s only goal nine minutes from time to secure all the points.

East Grinstead remain unbeaten this season, but were held to a goalless draw at home to Bowdon Hightown.

The hosts fell from second to fifth in the table, with the top five teams now being separated by just two points.


Investec Women's Conference East

Cathy Gilliat-Smith scored a hat trick to help maintain Sevenoaks’ 100 per cent start to the season with a 7-1 win at Northampton Saints in the Investec Conference East.

Maddie Thompson scored a brace with Susie Rowe and Samantha Danckert also on target as Sevenoaks preserved their three point lead at the top of the table.

Two goals in three second half minutes for Lizzie Rae and Mairi Drummond helped Wimbledon keep pace, with a 2-0 win at St Albans.

Joyce Esser netted a hat trick to help lift Hampstead and Westminster to a 4-1 victory at home to Harleston Magpies.

Elsewhere, Elisa Filarmonico scored her fourth of the season as Southgate beat Chelmsford 1-0, and Rebecca Hayward scored twice as Cambridge City beat West Herts 2-0.


Investec Women's Conference North

Beeston were knocked off the top of the Investec Conference North after a 2-0 home defeat to Ben Rhydding.

The hosts hit the woodwork three times, but goals for Sarah Whitehead and Beth Cordukes earned a good three points for the visitors.

Brooklands Poynton are the new leaders in the North after a 3-0 home win over Wakefield, goals coming from Tor Hughes, Helen Turner and Annie Mills.

The University of Durham remain unbeaten but were held to their third draw of the campaign, 1-1 at home to Sutton Coldfield.

Loughborough Students defeated Timperley 3-0 and two goals apiece for Louise Jukes and Nikki Tipping helped Liverpool Sefton to a 4-1 win at Belper in Saturday’s other games.


Investec Women's Conference West

Stourport stayed top of the Investec Conference West after a 5-0 win at Bristol Firebrands.

Claire Pearson and Lora Symonds both scored their fifth goals of the season, as they remain the only unbeaten side in the conference, whilst Firebrands are yet to register a point.

Sally Walton scored twice to help Olton and West Warwicks defeat Swansea City 2-1. Olton stay second in the table.

Cat Horn scored a brace and Emma Teague was on target to lead Trojans to a 3-1 win over Exe, who had equalised through Clare Whitworth in the first half.

Phoebe Richards scored twice as Buckingham won 4-1 at Gloucester City, and a seventh minute Beth Marriott goal was the difference as Isca defeated Oxford Hawks 1-0.


Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 22, 2016):

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

Investec Women's Conference East: Cambridge City 2, West Herts 0; Hampstead and Westminster 4, Harleston Magpies 1; Northampton Saints 1, Sevenoaks 7; Southgate 1, Chelmsford 0; St. Albans 0, Wimbledon 2.

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

Investec Women's Conference West: Bristol Firebrands 0, Stourport 5; Gloucester City 1, Buckingham 4; Isca 1, Oxford Hawks 0; Olton & West Warwicks 2, Swansea City 1; Trojans 3, Exe 1.