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Hockey - 11. October 2011.

England Investec Hockey Weekend Results

Reading continues to lead the Investec Premier Division thanks to their fourth win from four. Emma Thomas’ seventh minute penalty corner goal was enough to secure the victory away at Clifton, 1-0.

Katie Long and Hannah McLeod’s goals in either half against Cannock earned Leicester their second win in as many games. Reading have built their success so far this season on a resolute defence having scored only seven this season, but more importantly having kept four straight clean sheets.

The win moves Leicester up into sixth but signals Cannock’s fourth defeat of the season leaving them bottom of the table. Olton & WW’s undefeated start to the season continued as they hosted Bowdon Hightown.

Rachel Clift and Emma McCabe scored first half goals to set Olton on their way to victory followed by Denise Marston-Smith adding a third a minute after half time to run out 3-0 winners. Sutton Coldfield secured their first win of the season against Slough, a result which sees the two teams share the same point total for the season.

Sarah Mills got Sutton Coldfield off to a flyer by grabbing two goals in the first four minutes, but were soon pinned back by goals from Natalie Bell and Louise Bevan. Bevan’s equaliser was short lived, however, because a minute later Helen Morris had restored the lead for Sutton. The half ended 3-2 and the final goal of the game came in the 48th minute through former international Jane Sixsmith who put the game beyond doubt for Sutton Coldfield.

University of Birmingham moved into fourth place at the expense of EuroCanterbury who they defeated at home on Saturday. Natalie Seymour had cancelled out Susie Gilbert’s 20th minute strike for University of Birmingham for EuroCanterbury in order to take a share of the lead at half time. The second half saw University of Birmingham again take the lead, this time through Jo Turnbull although Susannah Townsend drew EuroCanterbury level for a second time. However,  it was the last time they were in a position to claim any points because five minutes later Turnbull’s second put the home side ahead followed by Jenna Woolvern’s late strike for a 4-2 win for University of Birmingham.

Ipswich, St. Albans and Surbiton could not be separated again this week in Investec Conference East with the three teams earning a point. Surbiton and St Albans held each other to a 0-0 draw at Sugden Road whilst Ipswich was held to a 1-1 draw by local rivals Harleston Magpies. Micha Knowles put Ipswich into a first half lead, but the Suffolk side were unable to hold onto the goal advantage as Anouska Hipperson equalised in the 63rd minute for Harleston. Goals were at something of a premium in the division this weekend with Sevenoaks and Maidstone registering a second 0-0 draw during their evening start. There were only eight goals in the five fixtures in the division this weekend. The two highest scoring games saw Chelmsford win 2-1 and Oxford Hawks win 3-0. Chelmsford held onto their lead, having gone two up against Horsham through Loren Sherer and Lizzy Egan, by withstanding a bout of Horsham pressure that led to Heidi Menniss pulling a goal back in the 60th minute. Takara Haines helped Oxford Hawks secure their second win of the season by scoring either side of Beth Warne’s goal for a 3-0 win over Old Loughtonians; Hawks’ sit fourth in the table thanks to the win.

Investec Conference North didn’t suffer a shortage of goals, with four fixtures enjoying five goals or more though the other was a 0-0 draw. Beeston top the division following a 7-0 trouncing of Springfields that might have been more had Charlotte Stapenhorst not missed a 28th minute penalty stroke. As it was Rebecca Eaton, Hannah Wraith and Jo Hunter grabbed braces with Stapenhorst completing the scoring in the 66th minute. Loughborough Students, a point behind in second, were not to be outdone and registered a win over Doncaster by the same score line. Giselle Ansley’s brace was joined by five other Loughborough scorers as the East Midlands side ran out 7-0 winners at home. It was a big score for Doncaster to have lost by since it was their first of the season. Durham University and Wakefield Bradford both lost ground on the leaders after a goalless stalemate at Maiden Castle. Brooklands Poynton travelled to Whitley Bay and Tynemouth and returned with their second victory of the season having scored five unanswered goals; Kelly Baxter led the scoring with two second half goals. Northampton Saints’ fourth defeat of the season meant their average goals conceded per game is nearly four and goals scored less than one. Their latest defeat came at the hands of fellow promoted side Liverpool Sefton who looked to have squandered a two goal lead – and victory – before Amy Kokkinos and Sarah Ingham scored in the last six minutes to salvage a 4-2 victory.

Buckingham’s 4-1 victory, in their fourth game, sees them two points clear at the top of Investec Conference West. Buckingham were 3-0 up against Firebrands before Sophie Fynn responded with a 52nd minute strike, but it proved little more than a consolation goal when Joelle Weston’s 66th minute penalty corner conversion put the game beyond doubt. Isca University trail Buckingham by two points, in second, following their 4-1 triumph over previous joint leaders Barnes HE. Isca had taken a two goal lead before Liz Ayres responded for Barnes HE in the 46th minute and were reliant on late goals from Zoe Burrell (64th minute) and Kate Kaye (70th minute) to wrap up the victory. Staines remains bottom of the table after losing the third of the 4-1 score lines, in the division, at home against Exe. Kate Granger rounded off the scoring for Exe in the 44th minute for a four goal lead before Staines replied with their only goal through Lindsey Inman. Team Bath Buccaneers got off the mark this season with a 2-0 win away at Trojans thanks to second half goals from Zoe Shipperley and Emma White whilst Gloucester City added to their two draws this season with a 3-2 win over Swansea thanks, in part, to two goals from Emma Done.


Saturday 8 October

Women's Premier Division
Clifton     (0)    0    -    1    (1)    Reading
                        Emma Thomas 7 - PC
Leicester     (1)    2    -    0    (0)    Cannock
Katie Long 11 - PC                         
Hannah Macleod 47 - F                         
Olton & West Warwicks     (2)    3    -    0    (0)    Bowdon Hightown
Rachel Clift 3 - F                         
Emma Mccabe 11 - F                         
Denise Marston-Smith 36 - F                         


Slough     (2)    2    -    4    (3)    Sutton Coldfield
Natalie Bell 12 - F                         Sarah Mills 2 4 - F F
Louise Bevan 17 - F                         Helen Morris 18 - F
                        Jane Sixsmith 48 - F
University of Birmingham     (1)    4    -    2    (1)    Canterbury
Susie Gilbert 20 - F                         Natalie Seymour 24 - PS
Jo Turnbull 42 55 - F F                         Susannah Townsend 50 - F
Jenna Woolven 65 - PC                         
Women's Conference East
Chelmsford     (0)    2    -    1    (0)    Horsham
Loren Sherer 40 - F                         Heidi Menniss 60 - F
Lizzy Egan 58 - PC                         
Harleston Magpies     (0)    1    -    1    (1)    Ipswich
Anouska Hipperson 63 - PC                         Micha Knowles 17 - F
Oxford Hawks     (1)    3    -    0    (0)    Old Loughtonians
Takara Haines 4 66 - F F                         
Beth Warne 47 - F                         
Surbiton     (0)    0    -    0    (0)    St. Albans
Sevenoaks     (0)    0    -    0    (0)    Maidstone
Women's Conference North
Beeston     (2)    7    -    0    (0)    Springfields
Rebecca Eaton 16 61 - F PC                         
Hannah Wraith 33 41 - F F                         
Jo Hunter 39 43 - F PC                         
Charlotte Stapenhorst 66 - PC                         
University of Durham     (0)    0    -    0    (0)    Wakefield Bradford
Loughborough Students LHC     (4)    7    -    0    (0)    Doncaster
Laura Unsworth 3 - F                         
Giselle Ansley 17 56 - PC F                         
Katie Shanahan 26 - F                         
Phoebe Richards 33 - F                         
Kate Hewitt 42 - F                         
Sian Evans 64 - PC                         
Whitley Bay and Tynemouth     (0)    0    -    5    (2)    Brooklands Poynton
                        Verity Whinnerah 9 - F
                        Helen Armishaw 13 - F
                        Kelly Baxter 39 48 - F F
                        Laura Evans 49 - F
Northampton Saints     (1)    2    -    4    (2)    Liverpool Sefton
Thea Jackson 12 - PC                         Zoe Bayne 4 - F
Emma Cave 35 - PS                         Natalie Hannah 6 - F
                        Amy Kokkinos 64 - PC
                        Sarah Ingham 67 - F
Women's Conference West
Barnes Hounslow Ealing    (0)    1    -    4    (2)    Isca University
Liz Ayres (Née Nelson) 46 - PC                         Claire Thomas 16 25 - PC F
                        Zoe Burrell 64 - F
                        Kate Kaye 70 - F
Firebrands     (0)    1    -    4    (1)    Buckingham
Sophie Fynn 52 - F                         Jessica Bloom 25 - F
                        Lauren Thomas 41 - PC
                        Fiona Farley 51 - PC
                        Joelle Weston 66 - PC
Gloucester City     (2)    3    -    2    (2)    Swansea
Emma Done 25 34 - PC PC                         Natasha Marke 16 - PC
Sarah Jennings 46 - F                         Carys Hopkins 28 - PC
Trojans     (0)    0    -    2    (0)    Team Bath Buccaneers
                        Zoe Shipperley 42 - PC
                        Emma White 60 - F
Staines     (0)    1    -    4    (2)    Exe
Lindsey Inman 46 - F                         Kelly Luscombe 25 - PC
                        Linda Webb 27 - F
                        Hannah Jones 38 - PC
                        Kate Granger 44 - F


Women's Premier Division    F    PC    PS    Total
Denise Marston-Smith    Olton & West Warwicks    5    0    0    5
Emma Mccabe    Olton & West Warwicks    4    1    0    5
Tina Cullen    Bowdon  Hightown    3    1    0    4
Jo Turnbull    University of Birmingham    3    1    0    4
Els Mansell    Clifton    2    2    0    4
Women's Conference East    F    PC    PS    Total
Jet Van Zalen    Sevenoaks    3    0    0    3
Sarah Cullum    St. Albans    3    0    0    3
Chloe Strong    Surbiton    0    3    0    3
Emma Lee-Smith    Harleston Magpies    2    0    0    2
Loren Sherer    Chelmsford    2    0    0    2
Women's Conference North    F    PC    PS    Total
Harriet Moore    University of Durham    6    0    0    6
Helen Armishaw    Brooklands Poynton    3    0    1    4
Charlotte Stapenhorst    Beeston    2    2    0    4
Libby Sherriff    University of Durham    3    0    0    3
Kelly Baxter    Brooklands Poynton    3    0    0    3
Women's Conference West    F    PC    PS    Total
Claire Thomas    Isca  University    3    2    0    5
Linda Webb    Exe    4    0    0    4
Amy Sheehan    Isca  University    3    0    0    3
Sophie Fynn    Firebrands    3    0    0    3
Sarah Jennings    Gloucester City    3    0    0    3
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