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Canterbury stay four points clear

Sophie Robinson scored five as Beeston hit nine goals without reply against Olton and West Warwickshire in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

It took Robinson just four minutes to find the net with her first and she went on to complete a hat-trick inside the first 27 minutes.

Hannah Wraith scored a brace with Suzy Petty and Annique Slagter also getting in on the action. Fittingly, it was Robinson who rounded off the scoring with a 69th minute strike.

Leaders Canterbury maintained their great record when they beat rivals Leicester 1-0 at Polo Farm.

Player/coach Jen Wilson’s 15th minute goal proved decisive, as Canterbury kept their fourth clean sheet in a row to remain four points clear.

Surbiton scored a 3-1 win on the road with an Abi Robinson double helping them to victory over University of Birmingham.

Reading held their play-off status with a 5-3 win over Sutton Coldfield, with five different players getting on the scoresheet.

Another team with play-off ambitions are Clifton and they did their chances no harm with a fine 5-2 win against Bowdon Hightown. Zoe Leach scored two important goals with Els Mansell, Harriet Pearce and Josie Rixon also on target.

Alyson Billington was the hero for Buckingham as she scored the only goal in their 1-0 win over Slough. The result means that Buckingham return to the top of the Investec Conference West at the expense of Slough.

 

Holcombe still top the Investec Conference East after beating Horsham 4-0, while East Grinstead remain second following a 2-1 win at Wimbledon.

It was top against bottom in the Investec Conference North and there was no upset as Brooklands Manchester University beat Doncaster 3-0. Elsewhere, second-placed Wakefield beat Kendal 6-1 with Sally Walton scoring a hat-trick.

League Finals Weekend

The winners of the Investec Women’s Hockey League and the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League will be crowned over two action-packed weekends at Reading Hockey Club in April. The top four Premier Division teams qualify for their respective finals weekends, laying off against each other to be crowned league champions.

The men’s finals will take place on the 5-6 April while the women will battle it out a week later from 12-13 April. Tickets are now available to purchase for both weekends, please visit www.englandhockey.co.uk/tickets

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, March 1 2014):

Investec Women’s Premier Division: Beeston 9, Olton & West Warwicks 0; Canterbury 1, Leicester 0; Clifton 5, Bowdon 2; Sutton Coldfield 3, Reading 5; University of Birmingham 1, Surbiton 3.

Investec Women’s Conference East: Harleston Magpies 3, Sevenoaks 1; Holcombe 4, Horsham 0; Ipswich 0, Chelmsford 3; St. Albans 3, Old Loughtonians 2; Wimbledon 1, East Grinstead 2.

Investec Women’s Conference North: Brooklands Poynton 3, Doncaster 0; Stourport 3, Boots 1; University of Durham 3, Ben Rhydding 2; Wakefield 6, Kendal 1; Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 2, Loughborough Students 2.

Investec Women’s Conference West: Barnes 3, Isca 1; Exe 0, Trojans 4; Gloucester City 1, Oxford Hawks 2; Slough 0, Buckingham 1; Swansea City 1, Bristol Firebrands 1.

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