East Grinstead remain unbeaten in the Women's Premier Division

Surbiton's Giselle Ansley. Credit rskg.co.uk 450

East Grinstead remain unbeaten in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after battling to a 4-1 victory at the University of Birmingham on Saturday.

Lucy Bairner scored a brace for the visitors, whilst captain Ruth Gordon and Alice Pyrgos were also on target.

The Premier Division’s leading scorer Erica Sanders’ ninth goal of the season was a consolation for the University of Birmingham, as East Grinstead leapfrogged them into third in the table.

Surbiton stayed top of the table after running out 2-0 winners away to Slough.

Giselle Ansley (pictured) converted two penalty corners in the space of seven second half minutes to give the visitors all three points and preserve their unbeaten run.

Holcombe remain just a point back in the table after winning 4-2 at home to Clifton Robinsons.

First half goals from Eleanor Watton and Quanita Bobbs were added to after the break by Rebecca Titmuss and Emily Beeney. Jess Bloom and Joanna Leigh scored from penalty corners for the visitors.

Leicester claimed all three points after a 3-1 home win over Canterbury.

Kathryn Lane, Liz George and Elizabeth Honarmand all converted penalty corners for the hosts, with Lizzie Neal on target for Canterbury.

Reading secured their first point of the season at the seventh time of asking with a 1-1 draw at home to Bowdon Hightown.

Julie Whiting had given Reading the lead on the stroke of half time, but Jane Donnelly rescued a point for the visitors, converting a 52nd minute penalty corner.


Investec Women's Conference East

Sevenoaks made it seven wins from seven games with a 3-1 victory at home to Hampstead and Westminster in the Investec Women’s Conference East.

Kirsten Greaves and Maddie Thompson scored for the hosts, and despite Fleur Horner pulling one back for Hampstead, Sophie Crosley added a third to secure victory and keep Sevenoaks top.

Wimbledon beat Northampton Saints 7-1 to stay three points behind the leaders, with Nicola Lloyd firing a brace.

Harleston Magpies moved third in the table after a 2-1 win at Chelmsford, Maria Andrews scoring twice to take her season tally to seven goals.

Elsewhere, Tess Howard scored the only goal as Cambridge City defeated St Albans 1-0, and West Herts moved off the bottom of the table after securing their first point of the campaign, 1-1 at home to Southgate.

Investec Women's Conference North

Brooklands Poynton won their fourth game in succession to stay top of the Investec Conference North, claiming a 2-0 victory at Liverpool Sefton.

Aine Curran and Jessica Berry scored either side of the break to preserve Brooklands’ two-point lead at the top of the table.

A single Rebekah Walker goal ten minutes before half time ensured Beeston kept pace, as they secured a 1-0 victory at Loughborough Students.

The University of Durham remain the division’s only unbeaten side, but they were held to their fourth draw of the season, 1-1 at Wakefield.

Elsewhere, Tanisha Janzen netted twice to help Ben Rhydding defeat Belper 4-1, and Sutton Coldfield won 2-1 at Timperley.

Investec Women's Conference West

Stourport remain top of the Investec Women’s Conference West after beating third-placed rivals Olton and West Warwicks 5-2.

Goals from Lorna Mackenzie and Sally Walton ensured the game was level at 1-1 at half time.

However, Stourport scored four unanswered goals with Lora Symonds bagging two while Kirsty Imm and Sarah Parkinson-Mills also found the net.

Katie Brough pulled back a late consolation for Olton and West Warwicks.

Buckingham kept pace at the top with a slender 1-0 victory at home to Oxford Hawks, with Kitty Higgins scoring nine minutes from time to seal the points.

Amy Burton and Natasha Marke scored after half time to give Swansea a 2-0 home victory over Trojans.

Elsewhere, a first half goal from Emily Rogers gave Gloucester City three points in a 1-0 win over Isca, while Bristol Firebrands got their first point of the season, their match at Exe finishing goalless.


Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 5, 2016):

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

Investec Women's Conference East: Cambridge City 1, St. Albans 0; Chelmsford 1, Harleston Magpies 2; West Herts 1, Southgate 1; Wimbledon 7, Northampton Saints 1; Sevenoaks 3, Hampstead and Westminster 1.

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

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