Thomas goals help Clifton Robinsons win

Claire Thomas celebrates a goal for Clifton Robinsons against Bowdon Hightown. Credit Peter Smith - 480x320
Two goals from Claire Thomas helped Clifton Robinsons battle to a 3-0 win over Bowdon Hightown and boost their campaign in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division.

A 22nd minute field goal was followed just before half time by a second goal from Thomas from a penalty corner and they wrapped up the points with Joie Leigh scoring from a 68th minute penalty corner to move to fourth in the league table.

Leaders Surbiton had to fight back from behind to take a 3-1 win at Holcombe in a repeat of last season’s league final.

The hosts took an early lead with Emma Tonks scoring from a seventh minute penalty corner, but the sides were level at the break with Alice Sharp scoring on 27 minutes.

Giselle Ansley gave Surbiton the lead for the first time from a penalty corner on 53 minutes and Sarah Haycroft added a third from open play four minutes later.

Slough are second in the table and level on points with Surbiton after beating Leicester 2-1.

Early goals from Mel Ball and Emma Onien on nine and 12 minutes put them ahead. Maeve Macdonald scored in the 32nd minute for Leicester, but it was not enough as there was no further score in a hard-fought second half.

East Grinstead are third after a 2-0 win over bottom of the table Canterbury. Zoe Burrell and Ellie Rayer scored their goals.

Buckingham opened up a two-nil lead over the University of Birmingham with Lauren Thomas and Phoebe Richards scoring. But Alice Wills and Amelia Andrews bagged second half strikes to ensure a share of the spoils for the University of Birmingham.

Investec Conference East
A hat-trick from Annabel Driver helped Hampstead and Westminster retain their 100% record at the top of the Investec Women’s Conference East.

Amy Askew scored two and Joyce Esser one as Hampstead overcame St Albans 6-3.

Elsewhere, Wimbledon were 6-0 winners over Bedford. Crista Cullen scored a hat-trick, while other goals came from Anna Tomas, Libby Sherriff and Nicky Lloyd.

Sevenoaks are second following their 2-0 home win over Cambridge City, with Sophie Crosley and Samantha Danckert scoring their goals.

Katherine Ridley’s 31st minute penalty corner goal was the only score as Harleston Magpies won 1-0 at Chelmsford, while Southgate and Barnes battled out a tense 0-0 draw.

Investec Conference North
Brooklands Poynton beat title rivals Sutton Coldfield 2-1 as their Investec Women’s Conference North campaign continued.

Helen Turner gave Brooklands the lead after eight minutes and Tilly Dyos-Szolkowska doubled their advantage on 55 minutes. Beth Merriman pulled one back for Sutton Coldfield, but they still lost out.

Elsewhere, the University of Durham were 7-1 winners over Loughborough Students. Tess Howard scored a hat-trick, while others came from Penny Joyce, Anna Baker, Lorna Jane Cruickshank and Nat Konerth.

Wakefield were 2-1 winners over Ben Rhydding with Abi Rawlins and Lauren Brooke scoring their goals, Kelly Baxter had levelled for the visitors.

Investec Conference West
Two goals from Cat Horn and one from Emma Teague helped Trojans open up a four point lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Conference West, beating Cannock 3-1.

Reading are second after a 1-1 draw with Gloucester, Keelie Perham scoring for the hosts and Danielle Gibson for Gloucester City.

Two goals in the final ten minutes helped Oxford Hawks secure a 2-2 draw with Olton and West Warwicks.

Sally Walton and Harriet Payne scored for the visitors, while Annabelle Denly and Catherine Reaney were on target from penalty corners in a three-minute purple patch for the Hawks.

Elsewhere, Annie Dalton and Katherine Holdgate scored for Isca who beat Team Bath Buccaneers 2-1, while Swansea City overcame Stourport 2-0 with Kat Budd and Katherine Mee on target.

* The above photo shows Claire Thomas celebrating a goal for Clifton Robinsons against Bowdon Hightown. Credit: Peter Smith.

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