Beeston Ladies late goal not enough at East Grinstead

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

East Grinstead secured their first victory of the season as they won 2-1 at home to league newcomers Beeston.

Bridget Blackwood opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when she scored a goal from open play. The hosts doubled their advantage when Sophie Bray scored in the same fashion in the 31st minute.

Beeston hit back in the 62nd minute when Caroline Hanks scored the third goal of the game from open play, but East Grinstead held on for the win.

Elsewhere, Surbiton went two points clear at the top of the table with a narrow 1-0 win over Clifton Robinsons. Izzy Petter was the only scorer of the game, netting from open play after eleven minutes.

The University of Birmingham were made to work hard by visitors Slough to clinch a narrow 2-1 victory in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Jo Turnbull’s early goal was cancelled out by Emma Onien for Slough on 27 minutes, and the University of Birmingham had to wait until seven minutes from the hooter to scrape victory, with Lauren Hunt scoring the winner on 63 minutes.

Elsewhere, Bowdon and Canterbury secured their first point of the season from a 2-2 draw.

The first goal of the game was scored by Aine Curran for Bowdon as she netted from a penalty corner in the 20th minute.

Canterbury then scored two quickfire goals to lead 2-1 going in to the break. The first from Nicki Ball from open play in the 23rd minute, then Grace Balsdon finished a penalty stroke in the 29th.

Bowdon’s Charlene Mason then scored from open play in the 64th to ensure both teams received a share of the spoils.

Finally, Holcombe and Buckingham played out a 1-1 draw with Natasha James having given Buckingham the lead before Olivia Wade scored for Holcombe 12 minutes later.

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