[img_assist|nid=6238|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]CANTERBURY, October 26 – Canterbury remain in control of the Investec women’s premier division after a 4-2 win over University of Birmingham on Saturday.
Lucy Hyams gave them an early lead when she struck after eight minutes. Grace Balsdon added a second from a penalty corner in the 21st minute to make it 2-0 but University of Birmingham pulled a goal back through Tina Evans before half time.
Balsdon pounced again, sweeping in another penalty corner to make it 3-1. Evans bagged her second with seven minutes remaining to give University of Birmingham hope but Sarah Kerly made sure of the points for Canterbury with a goal two minutes from time.
Surbiton are now three points behind Canterbury after only managing a draw with Clifton. They got off to the best possible start with Vicky Bryant giving them a goal inside the first minute of play. Zoe Leach hit the equaliser 12 minutes later but that was the end of the scoring, the game ending 1-1.
Leicester moved up to second with a narrow win over Sutton Coldfield. Goals from Hannah Macleod and Jo Hunter scored the goals in a 2-1 victory.
Bowdon Hightown dropped to fifth after a 4-0 hammering at home to Reading. Hayley Munt, Emma Thomas, Susie Gilbert and Kate Walsh scored the goals that did the damage.
At the bottom of the table there was a massive game for Slough and Olton & West Warwickshire as the two sides faced each other.
Olton had three points on the board from a win but Slough had still not managed to take a point so far. Just four minutes in, Flora Peel put Olton ahead and it looked like it was going to be another one of those days for Slough.
But they came back at Olton in the second half and Alex Scott gave them a deserved equaliser on 56 minutes to give them a share of the spoils.
Buckingham’s incredible run in the conference west continued another weekend as they beat Taunton Vale 4-0. That is their seventh win in seven games now and they are five points clear at the top.
A Lucy Wood hat-trick fired Sevenoaks to the top of the conference east as they beat Ipswich 5-2.
The result sees them leapfrog their opponents and Harleston Magpies who drew 1-1 with Old Loughtonians.
Beeston ran riot again this week and this time their victims were Liverpool Sefton as the leaders of the conference north won 6-0. All the goals were scored by different players and that’s 38 goals they have now scored in seven games.
Investec Women’s Hockey League (October 27 2012):
Investec Premier Division: Bowdon 0, Reading 4; Canterbury 4, University of Birmingham 2; Clifton 1, Surbiton 1; Slough 1, Olton & West Warwicks 1; Sutton Coldfield 1, Leicester 2.
Investec Conference East: Horsham 3, Chelmsford 2; Ipswich 2, Sevenoaks 5; Old Loughtonians 1, Harleston Magpies 1; Oxford Hawks 2, Bromley and Beckenham 0; Wimbledon 1, St. Albans 2.
Investec Conference North: Cannock 1, Brooklands Poynton 1; Doncaster 1, Beeston 6; Liverpool Sefton 0, Loughborough Students 6; Wakefield 1, University of Durham 2; Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 2, Ben Rhydding 0.
Investec Conference West: Bristol Firebrands 1, Gloucester City 3; Isca 4, Staines 2; Swansea City 0, Barnes 0; Taunton Vale 0, Buckingham 4; Trojans 1, Stourport 0.