All smiles for Bees as ladies secure Premier League status

Beeston won 2-1 at home against bottom of the table Canterbury.

Eloise Stenner gave the home side the lead in the second minute before Rebekah Walker doubled their advantage in the 38th minute.

Grace Balsdon scored a consolation for the away side in the 46th but Beeston held out to secure all three points.

Elsewhere, a hat-trick from Sophie Bray helped East Grinstead secure their place in the end of season play-offs, as they beat Bowdon Hightown 4-0 in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Laura Unsworth gave the home side the lead in the 23rd minute when she slotted in from free play.

Sophie Bray added the second of the game in the 45th minute before adding another on 51 minutes, both goals coming from open play.

She then completed her hat-trick and sealed all three points with another field goal in the 64th minute.

Last season’s champions Surbiton lost ground at the top of the table as their match with relegation-threatened Slough ended 0-0.

Although Slough picked up a point, they remain in ninth with one game to play and could face the relegation play offs to secure their top flight survival.

The University of Birmingham moved two points clear of their relation rivals as they won 5-4 at Buckingham.

The away side took the lead in the sixth minute with a goal from Lily Owsley, before Harriet Mitchell made it 2-0 in the 10th minute.

Holly Hunt added a third in the 13th minute and its was soon 4-0 as Elena Emo slotted in from free play in the 18th.

Buckingham hit back with a brace from Phoebe Richards and goals from Natasha James and Millie Holme to level the game in the 53rd minute.

But the University of Birmingham went on to find the winner in dramatic fashion when Amelia Andrew scored from a penalty corner in the 63rd minute.

Top of the table Holcombe continued their good form with a 4-2 win at home against Clifton Robinsons.

Goals from Leah Wilkinson, Emma Trunks, Joanne Westwood and Dirkie Chamberlin were enough to seal the win the home side.

Claire Thomas scored a brace for Clifton Robinsons as she looks to top the goal scoring charts at the end of the season.

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