Reading hold on to top spot with come-from-behind win

[img_assist|nid=8642|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=43]Trailing by two goals at half time, Reading battled back to take a 3-2 home victory against Leicester in the Investec Women’s Hockey League premier division on Saturday.

Goals from Pascale Massey and Nicola White gave the visitors the lead, and they looked likely to go on and avenge last season’s final defeat to Reading.

But the hosts had other ideas, and reduced the deficit on 44 minutes from a penalty corner, a deflection giving them an own goal.

Reading pulled level on 56 minutes through Susie Gilbert, and they bagged the winner through Emily Maguire – again from a penalty corner – in the 61st minute.

The win maintained the Blues top spot in the division although they only lead Canterbury after the Kent side’s  9-0 win over Olton and West Warwickshire.

Nikki Kidd scored four of the goals for Canterbury, who are level on 19 points with Reading and second on goal difference.

Clifton moved up to third spot with a 2-1 win over Sutton Coldfield, with Emily Kirkham and Els Mansell scoring their goals. Gemma Brown bagged a late consolation for Sutton Coldfield.

And Surbiton also climbed the table, and are now fourth after beating Bowdon Hightown 4-0. Sarah Page scored the first two for Surbiton, and Georgie Twigg and Jenna Woolven added the others.

Beeston won 3-2 at university of Birmingham, Sophie Robinson, Hannah Wraith and Phoebe Richards scoring their goals.

In the Investec Conference North, Wakefield went top after beating former leaders university of Durham 2-1. Sally Walton scored both their goals.

University of Durham drop to third place, with Brooklands Poynton going second after winning 3-2 at Loughborough Students. Their goals came from Sarah Newman, Kelly Baxter and Nicky Tipping.

Leaders Holcombe maintained their good start in the Investec Conference East, winning 4-0 at Old Loughtonians, while second-placed East Grinstead lost ground when they were beaten 4-2 by Horsham.

And in the Investec Conference West Slough put five past hosts Exe to remain top of the table, while second-placed Buckingham won 2-0 over Isca.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (November 9 2013):

Investec Premier Division: Clifton 2, Sutton Coldfield 1; Olton & West Warwicks 0, Canterbury 9; Reading 3, Leicester 2; Surbiton 4, Bowdon 0; University of Birmingham 2, Beeston 3.

Investec Conference East: Chelmsford 1, Sevenoaks 2; Harleston Magpies 1, Ipswich 0; Horsham 4, East Grinstead 2; Old Loughtonians 0, Holcombe 4. Late match: St Albans v Wimbledon.

Investec Conference North: Ben Rhydding 0, Boots 0; Kendal 4, Doncaster 1; Loughborough Students 2, Brooklands Poynton 3; University of Durham 1, Wakefield 2; Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 1, Stourport 2.

Investec Conference West: Buckingham 2, Isca 0; Exe 0, Slough 5; Oxford Hawks 3, Barnes 0; Swansea City 0, Gloucester City 0; Trojans 3, Bristol Firebrands 2.