Hunter hat-trick keeps pressure on Canterbury

[img_assist|nid=6349|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=99|height=100]LONDON, November 18 – Leicester kept the pressure on leaders Canterbury in the Investec women’s premier division, winning 4-0 against Slough with Jo Hunter leading the way with a hat-trick on Sunday.

Leicester remain just one point behind Canterbury following the win, in which Emma Clarke also scored.

Sarah Kerly scored the only goal of the game in Canterbury’s 1-0 win over third-placed Surbiton to maintain top spot.

With just four minutes on the clock, Kerly swept the ball home to give Canterbury the lead before a great game of end-to-end hockey ensued – but despite the best efforts of both sides there was no further score.

Surbiton applied intense pressure for the final ten minutes of the game, but Canterbury stood firm and took all three points.

Bowdon Hightown could have gone above Surbiton with a win today but they were held to a draw at Clifton.

Joanna Leigh had given the home side the lead after 23 minutes before Olympic medal winner Sally Walton popped up to equalise with nine minutes remaining.

University of Birmingham leapfrogged Olton & West Warwickshire as they gave them a 4-0 beating with goals from Liz George, Faye Curran, Emily Defroand and Anna Toman. Birmingham are now eighth.

Reading went above Sutton Coldfield with a 3-1 win after going a goal down to a Vicky Woolford strike early on.

A Hannah Palmer double gave Harleston Magpies a crucial 2-0 win over Sevenoaks as first and second met in the conference east. The result sees Harleston stay top.

A hat-trick from the prolific Jess Bloom saw Buckingham romp to a 3-0 win over Stourport in the conference west.

Buckingham have taken maximum points from their three games and it’s already a long way back for Isca who lost 1-3 to Swansea City and are now eight points off the pace.

Goals from Sophie Robinson and Keira Bamford saw Beeston notch another win to keep them at the top of the conference north in a 2-1 victory over Whitley Bay and Tynemouth. Elsewhere, Helen Turner hit a hat-trick as Brooklands Poynton beat Ben Rhydding 3-1.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (November 18 2012):

Women’s Premier Division: Canterbury 1, Surbiton 0; Clifton 1, Bowdon 1; Slough 0, Leicester 4; Sutton Coldfield 1, Reading 3; University of Birmingham 4, Olton & West Warwicks 0.

Women’s Conference East: Horsham 3, Oxford Hawks 2; Old Loughtonians 1, Chelmsford 0; Sevenoaks 0, Harleston Magpies 2; St. Albans 2, Bromley and Beckenham 0; Wimbledon 1, Ipswich 2.

Women’s Conference North: Ben Rhydding 1, Brooklands Poynton 3; Cannock 0, University of Durham 2; Doncaster 2, Loughborough Students LHC 3; Liverpool Sefton 2, Wakefield 4; Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 1, Beeston 2.

Women’s Conference West: Bristol Firebrands 5, Staines 0; Isca 1, Swansea City 3; Stourport 0, Buckingham 3; Taunton Vale 0, Barnes 2; Trojans 2, Gloucester City 2.