Surbiton beaten by Uni of Birmingham

Alice Wills celebrated her goal against Surbiton. Credit Andrew Smith. - 450
The University of Birmingham beat reigning champions Surbiton in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, winning 3-1 on Saturday afternoon.

England and GB ace Lily Owsley fired them in front after eight minutes from a penalty corner, only for Rebecca Middleton to level for Surbiton four minutes later.

After the break Alice Wills put the University of Birmingham back in front from a 50th minute field goal and Erica Sanders made sure of the win with a 59th minute goal from open play.

That result means Holcombe’s 1-0 win over Bowdon Hightown was enough for them to take over at the top of the table, with Dirkie Chamberlain’s 19th minute field goal giving them the points.

Alex Malzer’s goal with two minutes remaining was enough for East Grinstead to beat Slough 1-0 and climb to fourth in the table, while Slough stay second.

Clifton Robinsons were also 2-1 winners at Canterbury. Sarah Kerly gave the home side the lead in the ninth minute, but the visitors hit back with goals from Elena Emo and Hannah Coulson.

In the day’s other top-flight match, Leicester and Buckingham couldn’t be separated and a close match ended goalless.

Investec Conference East
Wimbledon pulled off the result of the day in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference East with a 9-0 defeat of Southgate.

Libby Sherriff opened the scoring in the sixth minute and Wimbledon were three up at the break with Laura Bevan and Anna Toman adding to the tally.

The floodgates opened in the second half with second goals for Sherriff and Bevan with Tamsyn Naylor, Crista Cullen, Kate Maxey and Nicola Lloyd all on target too.

Hampstead and Westminster top the table with four wins from four thanks to a narrow 1-0 away victory at Bedford. Sevenoaks are second – they also won 1-0 against Harleston Magpies. Elsewhere Cambridge City were worthy 3-0 winners against St Albans and Barnes beat Chelmsford 4-1.

Investec Conference North
Two goals from Barcelona Olympic legend Jane Sixsmith helped Sutton Coldfield to a 3-0 win over Fylde and they remain top of the Investec Women’s Conference North table with a 100% record.

She struck in the second minute from open play and again five minutes later from a penalty corner. Emma McCabe scored their third eight minutes from time also from a penalty corner.

Beeston are also on a 100% record after winning 1-0 at Brooklands Poynton, but they had to rely on Alice Huddlestone’s late goal to clinch the win and inflict their rivals’ first defeat of the campaign.

Elsewhere, Ben Rhydding were 3-0 winners at home against Loughborough Students, while the University of Durham won 2-1 against Timperley and Liverpool Sefton beat Wakefield 3-1 with Jane Bazley-Harrison scoring twice for the hosts.

Investec Conference West
Trojans are the only team in the Investec Women’s Conference West with a 100% record after they overcame Swansea City on Saturday.

Emma Teague’s 22nd minute strike put them ahead and late goals from Imo Lea and Philippa Stewart helped them to victory.

Stourport dropped to second after they shared the spoils in a goalless match with Gloucester City.

Elsewhere, Lily Walker scored twice in Cannock’s 4-1 win over Oxford Hawks, while Reading moved third thanks to Keelie Perham’s two goals which helped them win 2-0 at Team Bath Buccaneers.

And Sally Walton scored twice as Olton & West Warwicks won 3-2 over Isca.

* The above photo shows Alice Wills celebrating her goal against Surbiton. Credit: Andrew Smith.

* Full results, tables and fixtures from the Investec Women’s Hockey League are available here.