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Beeston ran out 2-1 winners at home against Bowdon Hightown.

Rebekah Walker gave the home side the lead in just the second minute before doubling their advantage with her second of the game in the 29th.

Rosie Bailey hit back for Bowdon with a goal from open play in the 39th minute but it was only to be a consolation as the home side held out to seal all three points.

Elsewhere, the University of Birmingham and Clifton Robinsons played out a 2-2 draw.

Flora Peel and Claire Thomas both scored a brace as the teams had to settle for a point each.

Slough versus Canterbury also ended in a draw with the score being 1-1 at full time.

Kitty Baccanello gave Slough the lead in the 13th minute before Agustina Alvarez netted for Canterbury in the 25th to claim a share of the spoils.

Holcombe opened up a three point gap at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, their 2-1 win over rivals East Grinstead being enough to leapfrog former leaders Surbiton who lost at Buckingham.

The first half ended 0-0 but the game sparked to life early in the second period, Sophie Bray finding the net for East Grinstead in the 40th minute from open play.

Holcombe levelled in the 62nd minute when Leah Wilkinson scored from a penalty corner before they sealed victory in the same fashion in the 67th with another goal for Wilkinson.

Buckingham produced a good performance at home, winning 2-1 against Surbiton to inflict only their third league defeat of the season.

Jenna Woolven gave Surbiton the lead early in the second half when she slotted in from open play in the 37th minute.

Buckingham hit back five minutes later when Natasha James found the net from free play before Phoebe Richards sealed the victory for the home side with a goal on 58 minutes.

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