A despondent Rosy Stephens after Bees suffer their first defeat of the season. Photo c/o David Kissman

England Hockey Investec North Conference

Beeston 0 – 2 Ben Rhydding
Nottingham Hockey Centre, 22nd October.
Beeston were knocked off the top of the Investec Conference North after a 2-0 home defeat to Ben Rhydding.
The hosts hit the woodwork three times, but goals for Sarah Whitehead and Beth Cordukes earned a good three points for the visitors.
Beeston Captain, Sophie Robinson, commented, “We were very disappointed with the result this Saturday. We had good possession and a number of penalty corners but it didn’t quite fall for us. However, we will be picking ourselves back up and look forward to our next league game against Loughborough Students on the 5th November.”
Elsewhere in the North Conference, Brooklands Poynton are the new leaders in the North after a 3-0 home win over Wakefield, goals coming from Tor Hughes, Helen Turner and Annie Mills.
The University of Durham remain unbeaten but were held to their third draw of the campaign, 1-1 at home to Sutton Coldfield.
Loughborough Students defeated Timperley 3-0 and two goals apiece for Louise Jukes and Nikki Tipping helped Liverpool Sefton to a 4-1 win at Belper in Saturday’s other games.