Bowdon Hightown hold Holcombe to a draw

Clifton Robinsons on the attack against Reading By Peter Smith 450

Holcombe lost ground at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after being held to a 3-3 draw at Bowdon Hightown on Sunday.

Sarah Jones opened the scoring in the first minute, and doubled Holcombe’s tally to give them the lead at the break.

Goals from Lily Wolstenholme and Lisa Garbutt drew Bowdon Hightown level. However Eleanor Watton looked to have won the game for Holcombe four minutes from time with her fifth of the season.

But Garbutt had the final say, scoring her second of the game with two minutes left to play to earn the hosts a point and see Holcombe fall to third in the table.

A bumper crowd of over 500 turned out to watch Olympic gold medal winner Alex Danson make her debut for Clifton Robinsons, and they went home happy as the hosts ran out 5-1 winners against bottom side Reading.

Isabel Palmer (2), Claire Thomas, Joanna Leigh and Hannah Coulson were all on the scoresheet, and despite Maddison Rosser levelling the game 1-1 at half time, Clifton took all three points and move fourth in the table.

Leaders Surbiton made no mistake as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-0 win over Leicester.

Giselle Ansley and Sarah Page scored before the break, with Stephanie Addison adding a third to keep the hosts top.

East Grinstead moved second in the table after a 1-0 home victory against Slough.

Alice Pyrgos converted a 47th minute penalty corner to keep the hosts just two points off the leaders.

The University of Birmingham twice came from two goals down to earn a point in a thrilling 4-4 draw at home to Canterbury.

Two goals in two minutes from Mary Flint and Sarah Kerly had given the visitors the lead at half time, but were cancelled out by Amelia Andrew and Jo Turnbull.

Tinesha Carey and Mel Clewlow restored Canterbury’s two goal advantage with just seven minutes left, but Lily Owsley and a last-minute Erica Sanders goal, her tenth of the campaign, rescued a point for the hosts.

Investec Women's Conference East

Sevenoaks remain top of the Investec Women’s Conference North despite their first defeat of the season.

A single Maria Andrews penalty stroke was enough to wrap up all three points for Harleston Magpies in a very closely-contested game.

Wimbledon are now second on goal difference only, and they beat Southgate 6-2 with Libby Sherriff hitting a brace.

Northampton Saints continue to search for their first win after a 6-1 defeat at home against St Albans. Samantha Archer-Overall and Bethan Davies both scored twice for St Albans.

Elsewhere Chelmsford beat Cambridge City 1-0, and Hampstead and Westminster beat West Herts 3-0.

Investec Women's Conference North

Timperley came out on top in the clash of the bottom two in the Investec Conference North, beating bottom club Belper 4-2. Kate Goalen, Jessica Mortimer, Kim Nkonde and Leonnie Molloy were on target.

Brooklands Poynton remain at the top of the table after a 2-0 win over the University of Durham and Beeston are second, beating Liverpool Sefton 2-1.

A Bethan Merriman double helped Sutton Coldfield to a 3-1 win over Wakefield and Ben Rhydding drew 1-1 at home to Loughborough Students.

Investec Women's Conference West

It’s tight at the top in the Investec Conference West with just one point separating three teams.

Stourport still hold first place despite losing for the first time this season. It was second-placed Buckingham, now level on points, who beat them by 2-1 with goals from Abbie Brant and Phoebe Richards.

Olton and West Warwicks are third and played fourth-placed Trojans. Olton won 2-0 and the win puts them three points ahead of their opponents.

Bristol Firebrands picked up only their second point of the season with a 0-0 draw against Gloucester City and Isca University beat Swansea City 2-1.


* The above photograph shows Clifton Robinsons on the attack against Reading. Credit: Peter Smith.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 13, 2016):

Investec Women's Premier Division: Bowdon 3, Holcombe 3; Clifton Robinsons 5, Reading 1; East Grinstead 1, Slough 0; Surbiton 3, Leicester 0; University of Birmingham 4, Canterbury 4.

Investec Women's Conference East: Chelmsford 1, Cambridge City 0; Hampstead and Westminster 3, West Herts 0; Harleston Magpies 1, Sevenoaks 0; Northampton Saints 1, St. Albans 6; Southgate 2, Wimbledon 6.

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

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