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Hockey - 23. February 2013.

Canterbury lose out to Reading

LEADERS Canterbury missed out on a good chance to open up a gap on
second-placed Leicester in the Investec Women's Premier Division, but they
suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Reading on Saturday.

Reading, who are also strong contenders to reach the end of season
play-offs, hadn't read the script as they powered to a 1-0 lead inside the
first minute courtesy of an Elizabeth Hunt strike.

A second goal from Elspeth Cockburn seven minutes from time sealed the win
for Reading who remain in third.

Bowdon Hightown closed the gap to fourth-placed Surbiton when they won 4-2
at Olton and West Warwickshire to draw level on points and pull closer to a
spot in the end of season competition.

Olton started brightly and found the net twice in the opening seven minutes
to put Bowdon on the back foot.

But Tina Cullen came to Bowdon's rescue after half an hour, slotting in to
lead the fight back. Further goals from Sally Walton and Claire Hartley put
Bowdon 3-2 up.

Naomi James had the chance to draw Olton level after being handed a penalty
stroke by the referee on 63 minutes, but her effort hit the post and her
misery was further compounded a minute from time as Claire Hartley swept
home to wrap up the points.

Clifton have to keep picking up points If they want to be in the mix come
the end of the season and they did just that with a 4-2 win at University of

Sutton Coldfield also have an outside chance of making that top four and
they kept up the pressure on the teams above with a 5-2 win over basement
club Slough. Jane Sixsmith and Sarah Mills both scored a brace.

Beeston suffered only their second loss of the campaign in the Investec
Conference North, although it was a heavy one as Loughborough Students hit
top form to win 7-3.

In the Investec Conference West, Buckingham continued their remarkable run
of form with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Gloucester City. That's 14 wins
from 14 now.

Investec Women's Hockey League (February 23 2013):

Investec Premier Division: Slough 2, Sutton Coldfield 5; Canterbury 0,
Reading 2; Olton and West Warwickshire 2, Bowdon Hightown 4; University of
Birmingham 2, Clifton 4.

Investec Conference East: Wimbledon 2, Oxford Hawks 1; Chelmsford 0, Ipswich
0; Bromley and Beckenham 1, Old Loughtonians 1; St Albans 1, Harleston
Magpies 1.

Investec Conference North: Brooklands Poynton 2, Wakefield Bradford 2;
Beeston 3, Loughborough Students 7; Whitley Bay and Tynemouth v University
of Durham postponed; Ben Rhydding 1, Liverpool Sefton 0; Cannock 1,
Doncaster 2.

Investec Conference West: Bristol Firebrands 3, Taunton Vale 0; Swansea City
5, Staines 0; Buckingham 3, Gloucester City 0; Trojans 3, Barnes Ealing
Hounslow 1; Isca 3, Stourport 2.
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