[img_assist|nid=8642|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=220|height=94]Canterbury battled to a 4-0 victory over Sutton Coldfield in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday to maintain their 100 per cent record.
But they had to rely on a second half flurry of goals after the match remained scoreless at the break. Nikki Kidd, Nicola Lloyd, Kim Young and Anna Baker scored the goals which helped Canterbury to a fourth league victory.
Just below Canterbury, Clifton have won three of their games, the latest of which came against Olton and West Warwickshire who they beat 6-0 on Saturday.
Liz Sinton scored a first half hat-trick as additional goals from Jo Carter and Els Mansell made it 5-0 by the break, while Jo Leigh added a sixth with six minutes to go. Olton are now bottom of the table, having conceded 35 goals in four games.
In what proved to be a very tight game, Helen Richardson scored the only goal as Reading beat University of Birmingham 1-0.
A second half goal from Erica Sanders wasn’t enough to get Beeston back into their game against Bowdon Hightown. Fay Nash and Tina Cullen had given the home side the half time advantage and despite Sanders hitting back on 50 minutes, the score stayed 2-1.
Leicester and Surbiton cancelled each other out as they battled to a 1-1 draw. Katie Long gave Leicester the lead after just three minutes but a second half goal from Emily Atkinson pulled Surbiton level.
Unbeaten University of Durham remain top of the Investec Conference North after goals from Molly Rawnsley, Philippa Lewis and Alice Toynton saw them beat Doncaster 3-0.
Holcombe made it four from four to stay top of the Investec Conference East as a Shelley Russell brace helped them to a 3-0 victory over Chelmsford.
And Buckingham remain top of the Investec Conference West after a 4-1 win at Oxford Hawks, with Zoe Shipperley scoring a hat-trick.
Investec Women’s Hockey League (October 5 2013):
Investec Premier Division: Bowdon Hightown 2-1 Beeston; Canterbury 4, Sutton Coldfield 0; Leicester 1, Surbiton 1;Olton and West Warwicks 0, Clifton 6; Reading 1, Univ of Birmingham 0.
Investec Conference East: Chelmsford 0, Holcombe 3; East Grinstead 1, Old Loughtonians 1; Horsham 0, Harleston Magpies 1; Ipswich 2, St Albans 0; Sevenoaks 2, Wimbledon 2.
Investec Conference North: Ben Rhydding 1, Loughborough Students 3; Boots 0, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 1; Doncaster 0, Univ of Durham 3; Kendal 2, Stourport 3; Wakefield 0, Brooklands Poynton 0.
Investec Conference West: Barnes 1, Gloucester City 2; Bristol Firebrands 2, Exe 1; Isca 4, Slough 0; Oxford Hawks 1, Buckingham 4; Trojans 2, Swansea 1.