Bees pick up a point at Bowdon

Carrie Hanks in action for the Bees.

Article courtesy of England Hockey. Photo courtesy of David Kissman. 

Beeston’s game against Bowdon Hightown ended as a draw as both teams netted just one goal apiece.

The scoring was opened in the 26th minute when Sophie Robinson finished a chance from open play.

Bowdon scored an equaliser in the 42nd when Julie Whiting scored a field goal to ensure the points were shared.

Elsewhere, the University of Birmingham drew 2-2 at home to Buckingham. In an entertaining first half that saw three goals, the scoring was opened by the home side in the 13th minute when Amy Costello converted a penalty corner.

The away side then hit back when Maddie Newlyn scored from open play in the 21st minute but Birmingham regained their lead shortly before half-time when Lily Walker slotted in from free play.

Phoebe Richards equalised less than a minute after the restart though to secure a point for Buckingham.

Holcombe’s 3-1 win at Clifton Robinsons proved to be the only victory in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division as last season’s champions Surbiton dropped their first points of the season.

Leah Wilkinson opened the scoring in the 13th minute for the away side, slotting in from a penalty corner, but Clifton quickly hit back when Holly Savage scored from open play in the 15th minute.

Alice Wills retook the lead for Holcombe, scoring from open play in the 36th minute before Steph Elliot converted a third from a penalty stroke to ensure they took all three points.

Surbiton maintained their place at the top of the table though, securing a point at East Grinstead as the teams played out a tense 1-1 draw.

Goalless at half time, East Grinstead took the lead in the 52nd minute when Georgie Blackwood scored from open play. But Giselle Ansley hit back for Surbiton in the 62nd as she converted a penalty corner.

Slough earned their first point of the campaign as they also drew 1-1 away at Canterbury.

The first goal of the game came in the 51st minute when Grace Balsdon finished following a penalty corner for Canterbury.

But Slough scored a dramatic late equaliser in the 68th minute as Melissa Ball found the net from open play to ensure both teams received a point.

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