[img_assist|nid=6189|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]BIRMINGHAM, Novermber 12 – The third round of the Investec women’s cup pitted two premier division hockey sides against each other with University of Birmingham hosting Clifton on Sunday.
Birmingham are struggling in the league, sitting ninth and Clifton are faring slightly better in seventh. And once again, league form proved to be a good marker as Clifton went on to win 4-2.
Clifton looked dangerous early on and scored two goals inside the opening ten minutes. Liz Sinton flicked her side into the lead with a goal on six minutes before Abi Porter doubled the advantage just two minutes later.
But Birmingham managed to keep the flood gates closed until the 55th minute when Emily Kirkham made it three.
However, the home side showed spirit and scored two goals in three minutes through Rebecca Van Berkel and Liz George to pull themselves back into the tie.
But Els Mansell added a fourth for Clifton three minutes from time to ensure they went into the hat for round four.
Bowdon Hightown saw off Harrogate with two Natalie Wray goals and Vicky Woolford was in top form as Sutton Coldfield brushed conference north strugglers Cannock to one side.
Opening her account on seven minutes, Woolford went on to score a hat-trick as the premier division outfit won 6-0.
In the battle between east and west, east leaders Sevenoaks put two past west side Bristol Firebrands without reply to progress to the next round.
Other names in the hat for round four are Wimbledon, Buckingham, Liverpool Sefton and Chelmsford.
Investec Women’s Cup (November 11 2012): Bedford Town 1, Wimbledon 2 (AET); Beeston 1, Buckingham 4; Bowdon Hightown 2, Harrogate 0; Cannock 0, Sutton Coldfield 6; Liverpool Sefton 1, Brooklands Poynton 0; Sevenoaks 2, Bristol Firebrands 0; Teddington 0, Chelmsford 3; Univ of Birmingham 2, Clifton 4.