[img_assist|nid=6349|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=99|height=100]LEICESTER, November 9 – Champions Leicester have leaders Canterbury in their sights in the Investec women’s hockey league premier division – but they will have to get past University of Birmingham this Saturday first.
Three wins in a row – most recently a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sutton Coldfield – have seen Leicester maintain their place in the top three despite their October defeat to leaders Canterbury.
“Having last weekend off didn’t help with continuity,” said manager Sue Holwell. “We’re getting into a nice patch of consistency now. We had virtually a second team playing at the start of the season, but we’ve got most of our players back so it’s starting to look good.”
Their five Olympians will be welcomed back to the club by the local mayor at a special event this Saturday prior to the game.
Meanwhile, leaders Canterbury will look to maintain their three-point lead with a trip to second-bottom Olton and West Warwickshire.
Level with Leicester, third-placed Surbiton entertain Slough, while Sutton Coldfield travel to Bowdon Hightown with both teams looking to bounce back from defeats two weeks ago.
After losing to leaders Sevenoaks last weekend, third-placed Ipswich will be looking to return to winning ways when they entertain fourth-placed St Albans in the conference east.
Meanwhile, Sevenoaks go to Chelmsford, who have just one win in their seven matches so far.
Ben Rhydding are still in search of their first league win of the season in the conference north, but they have a tough clash with leaders Beeston this Saturday, who have only lost one match so far.
And in the conference west, undefeated leaders Buckingham take on third-placed Trojans at Stowe, while second-placed Isca aim to beat hosts Barnes Hounslow Ealing and keep pace with their rivals.
Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 10 2012)
Olton & West Warwickshire v Canterbury 12:00
Leicester v University of Birmingham 12:30
Reading v Clifton 13:30
Surbiton v Slough 14:00
Bowdon Hightown v Sutton Coldfield 15:00
Oxford Hawks v Old Loughtonians 12:00
Harleston Magpies v Horsham 12:30
Ipswich v St Albans 14:00
Chelmsford v Sevenoaks 14:00
Bromley & Beckenham v Wimbledon 14:00
Beeston v Ben Rhydding 12:00
Brooklands Poynton v Whitley Bay & Tynemouth 12:00
Loughborough Students v Cannock 12:30
University of Durham v Liverpool Sefton 13:30
Wakefield Bradford v Doncaster 13:30
Swansea City v Bristol Firebrands 12:00
Gloucester City v Stourport 12:00
Barnes Hounslow Ealing v Isca 12:00
Buckingham v Trojans 12:00
Staines v Taunton Vale 13:30
Investec Women’s Cup (Sunday, November 11 2012)
Cannock v Sutton Coldfield
Bedford Town v Wimbledon
Teddington v Chelmsford 11:30
Univ of Birmingham v Clifton 12:00
Bowdon Hightown v Harrogate 12:30
Liverpool Sefton v Brooklands Poynton 13:00
Sevenoaks v Bristol Firebrands 14:00