The top four teams in Women’s Premier Division met on Saturday and the results overlooked the formbook as, by the end of the day, new leaders took over at the top.
Leicester, who led the table going into the matches, played host to EuroCanterbury and it was the Kent side who took the honours with a solitary Hayley Brown strike giving them a 1-0 win. It was Leicester’s first defeat of the season having gone through the regular season last year unbeaten. That highlights just what a good win it was for EuroCanterbury. Leicester are replaced at the top by Slough who also won 1-0. Their win came against University of Birmingham with Sam Archer netting the only goal. Slough’s durability is laudable – despite a number of international players leaving at the beginning of last season they picked up the EHL Premier Division crown – this time round their consistency in grinding out results is serving them well. Below the top four Bowdon Hightown remain fifth with the evergreen Tina Cullen scoring twice, including a 65th minute winner in a 4-3 win at Olton. Clifton moved up to sixth after an excellent 2-0 win at Reading whilst Cannock overcame Brooklands Poynton 4-1. Brooklands remain four points adrift at the foot of the table.
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