Gordon's goals help East Grinstead top the table

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Ruth Gordon and Bara Kavanova both scored three goals for East Grinstead to help them top the early Premier Division table on day one of the Jaffa Women’s Super 6s Championship at the Phoenix Sport and Leisure Centre in Telford.

Kavanova hit a hat-trick in their 9-1 victory over Holcombe on Saturday, with Gordon scoring twice and GB Olympic ace Helen Richardson-Walsh also getting on the scoresheet.

And in the day’s penultimate match against reigning champions Slough, Gordon was also on the scoresheet as they ran out 3-2 winners.

Last season’s runners-up Canterbury also won both their matches on day one, beating Sutton Coldfield 2-1 and Holcombe 5-4 with Hayley Turner being their sharpshooter with three goals.

Both East Grinstead and Canterbury will be satisfied with their opening day performances which puts them in a great position as they target a spot at the Jaffa Super 6s Finals on Sunday 28 January 28 at London's Copper Box Arena.

Bowdon Hightown are also unbeaten, but had to settle for a 3-3 draw with Leicester following a 5-1 win over Clifton Robinsons in their first match.

Former GB Olympic bronze medallist Sally Walton showed she is still a formidable force as she topped their scoring charts with five goals, three coming in the win over Clifton and two in the draw with Leicester.

Last season’s champions Slough got their day off to a good enough start with a 6-2 win over Reading, before losing out to East Grinstead. But they will be aiming to hit back on Sunday with four of their players - Mel Ball, Heather Batten, Charly Brydon and Georgie Whittaker - scoring twice on day one. 

Clifton Robinsons ran out 5-1 winners over Reading after having lost out to Bowdon Hightown, while Leicester had a frustrating day and finished with two draws having tied 4-4 with Sutton Coldfield as well as 3-3 with Bowdon Hightown.

Leicester’s Lauren Turner scored three goals and will be looking to add more tomorrow.

* For goalscorers and full competition details, including live updates, click here.