[img_assist|nid=6189|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=220|height=220]LEICESTER, September 29 – Leaders Clifton travelled to Leicester to face a difficult tie against the reigning champions, but honours were even at 2-2 in the Investec women’s hockey league premier division on Saturday.
Leicester took the lead after 24 minutes as Hannah Macleod met a penalty corner with a firm shot that flew into the Clifton goal.
Els Mansell restored parity just five minutes later and at half-time the score was 1-1. Macleod struck again on 50 minutes – this time from open play.
But Emily Atkinson’s strike on the hour levelled the scores once more and as the whistle sounded at the end of the game, a hard fought draw seemed a fair result.
Surbiton remain undefeated after seeing off Olton and West Warwickshire with a 2-1 away win thanks to goals from Amy and Vicky Bryant.
Bowdon Hightown thrashed University of Birmingham 4-0, despite Tina Cullen missing a penalty stroke and Sutton Coldfield battled to a 3-3 draw with Canterbury.
Investec women’s hockey league (September 29 2012)
Investec Women’s Premier Division: Bowdon 4, University of Birmingham 0; Leicester 2, Clifton 2; Olton & West Warwicks 1, Surbiton 2; Sutton Coldfield 3, Canterbury 3.
Investec Women’s Conference East: Bromley and Beckenham 1, Harleston Magpies 3; Ipswich 1, Old Loughtonians 0; Oxford Hawks 2, Sevenoaks 0; St. Albans 1, Horsham 1; Wimbledon 0, Chelmsford 0.
Investec Women’s Conference North: Brooklands Poynton 3, Doncaster 1; Cannock 1, Liverpool Sefton 5; University of Durham 4, Beeston 3; Wakefield 2, Ben Rhydding 1; Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 1, Loughborough Students LHC 1.
Investec Women’s Conference West: Buckingham 5, Staines 0; Gloucester City 1, Barnes 0; Isca 5, Taunton Vale 0; Stourport 0, Bristol Firebrands 2; Trojans 4, Swansea City 2.