Top scorers face top defenders in Investec Premier Division

University of Birmingham's Katelyn Aitchinson in action against Beeston. Credit Andy Smith 450


The top scorers in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, the University of Birmingham are preparing to take on the team with the best defence in East Grinstead on Saturday.

The students have scored an average of three goals per game in their first six league matches this season – but East Grinstead have only conceded three league goals all season.

“It’s always going to be an interesting match when you have two sides like this,” said the University of Birmingham’s Head Coach Phil Gooderham. “East Grinstead are showing once again that they deserve to be in this league and are a tough opponent, so we will be taking nothing for granted.

“We play an open and attacking style of hockey, but we need to make sure we score more than we concede!

“We’re happy to be third but there’s a long way to go yet. The girls felt that they didn’t do themselves justice at Lee Valley last season, so we’re aiming to get into the play-offs again and put that right.”

Elsewhere, leaders Surbiton head to a Slough side who bagged their first win of the season in their last match. Second-placed Holcombe entertain Clifton Robinsons who are fourth in the table. Either side could leapfrog Surbiton into top spot if results go their way.

Canterbury head to Leicester for a match in which both sides will be keen for the points to stay in touch with the sides above them. Bottom of the table Reading, who have yet to register a point, are at home against eighth-placed Bowdon Hightown and will be desperate not to get cut adrift from safety.

In the Investec Conference East, leaders Sevenoaks face a tough match against third-placed Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday. Meanwhile, second-placed Wimbledon entertain Northampton Saints.

Leaders Brooklands Poynton head to Liverpool Sefton in the Investec Conference North on Saturday, while Beeston will be looking to regain top spot when they play at Loughborough Students.

And the top two clubs face each other in the Investec Conference West, with leaders Stourport hosting Olton and West Warwicks. Third-placed Trojans could also go top of the table, and they head to Swansea City.

 

* The above photo shows the University of Birmingham’s Katelyn Aitchinson in action against Beeston. Credit: Andy Smith.

FIXTURES – Saturday, November 5


Investec Women’s Hockey League

Investec Premier Division
Holcombe v Clifton Robinsons 12:00
Univ of Birmingham v East Grinstead 12:30
Slough v Surbiton 13:00
Reading v Bowdon Hightown 13:30
Leicester v Canterbury 14:00

Investec Conference East
Cambridge City v St Albans 12:00
West Herts v Southgate 13:30
Chelmsford v Harleston Magpies 14:00
Wimbledon v Northampton Saints 14:00
Sevenoaks v Hampstead and Westminster 17:00

Investec Conference North
Liverpool Sefton v Brooklands Poynton 12:30
Loughborough Students v Beeston 12:30
Timperley v Sutton Coldfield 12:30
Wakefield v Univ of Durham 13:30
Ben Rhydding v Belper 13:30

Investec Conference West
Swansea City v Trojans 12:00
Buckingham v Oxford Hawks 12:00
Gloucester City v Isca 12:30
Exe v Bristol Firebrands 13:00
Stourport v Olton & West Warwicks 18:00