Just four games in the EHL survived the much deliberated cold snap, three on Saturday and one on Sunday leaving 36 fixtures to be re-arranged.
In the only Premier Division game of the weekend, Reading women hosted Cannock at Sonning Lane and served up a wintry eight goal thriller. The home side benefited from their returning internationals with England captain Kate Walsh opening the scoring in the sixth minute and Alex Danson scoring a hat-trick before Helen Richardson rounded off the scoring in the 66th minute.
Jo Ellis also got on the scoresheet just before half time contributing to her side’s six goal haul. Cannock found themselves down 4-1 at the half with Joanna Leigh scoring from a penalty corner and though Linda Royston added another in the 64th minute, it could only be a consolation. Reading moved up into sixth as a result of the win at the expense of Clifton, in the majority that had a fixture fall foul of the weather. Cannock remains a point above Olton & WW, with their local rivals now possessing a game in hand.
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day