[img_assist|nid=6238|title= |desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]CANTERBURY, November 25 Lucy Hyams led the scoring with a hat-trick as Canterbury put Sutton Coldfield to the sword in the Investec women’s hockey league premier division on Saturday.
Canterbury are still unbeaten in the league this season and their comprehensive 8-1 win keeps them a point above Leicester.
Hyams struck first after just four minutes before Vicky Woolford equalised 15 minutes in.
Sarah Kerly restored Canterbury’s lead with just over half an hour gone and Canterbury held a 2-1 lead to half time.
But it was one-way traffic in the second half with goals coming from Jade Maine, Susannah Townsend, Eliza Brett and Mel Clewlow, while Hyams added another two.
Leicester have only lost one game all season and they were favourites to take a win from their game against Clifton. But it wasn’t an easy match for them and it looked to be heading for a 0-0 draw until Katie Long took a chance in the 69th minute to grab a late win and keep them in the title hunt.
Bowdon Hightown and Surbiton are battling it out for third spot at present and Bowdon’s early start against University of Birmingham allowed them to get points on the board before their rivals.
Both teams have goal scorers and they were on display today with Liz George hitting a brace for Birmingham and Tina Cullen also scoring twice for Bowdon.
But for all the talent on display, it was an own goal that decided the game, giving Bowdon the 3-2 win.
Surbiton won the battle on the day though after Team GB star Georgie Twigg hit two second-half penalty strokes to give her side a 4-2 win over Olton and West Warwickshire.
A second half brace from Jo Ellis gave Buckingham their tenth win of the season as they beat third played Isca 2-1. They now lead the conference west by ten points.
In the conference east, Oxford Hawks caused an upset as goals from Becky Allen and Katie Harriett helped them to a 2-0 win over table-topers Harleston Magpies.
Two Nikki Ward goals were enough to keep Beeston at the top of the conference north as they beat Wakefield Bradford 2-1. University of Durham are level on points though and made inroads into the goal difference that separates them as they won 6-2 against Ben Rhydding.
Investec Women’s Hockey League (November 24 2012):
Premier Division: Canterbury 8, Sutton Coldfield 1; Clifton 0, Leicester 1; Surbiton 4, Olton & West Warwicks 2; University of Birmingham 2, Bowdon 3. Sunday: Reading 9 Slough 1.
Conference East: Harleston Magpies 0, Oxford Hawks 2; Ipswich 2, Horsham 2; Old Loughtonians 1, Wimbledon 1. Late Result: Sevenoaks v Bromley & Beckenham.
Conference North: Ben Rhydding 3, University of Durham 6; Cannock 1, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 2; Liverpool Sefton 4, Doncaster 4; Loughborough Students LHC 1, Brooklands Poynton 0; Wakefield 1, Beeston 2.
Conference West: Bristol Firebrands 0, Trojans 2; Isca 1, Buckingham 2; Stourport 2, Swansea City 5; Taunton Vale 1, Gloucester City 1.