Bees save defeat with late Hanks goal

Beeston and Slough played out a 1-1 draw to secure a point each with Mel Ball giving Slough the lead before Caroline Hanks equalised for Beeston.

Elsewhere, Holcombe bounced back from last weekend’s defeat at Slough to secure a 5-1 victory at the University of Birmingham in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

The University of Birmingham started the game quickly, Lily Walker scoring from open play in the third minute. But Holcombe were quick to respond, Sarah Jones equalising from a penalty corner in the fifth minute before they took the lead in the ninth from a Leah Wilkinson goal.

Sophia Viarengo Cervino made the score 3-0 in the 23rd minute after she scored from free play. Then Philippa Lewis added another for Holcombe in the 38th minute, and Candice Manuel sealed the win for the away side in the 51st minute.

Leaders Surbiton maintained their good form with a 2-1 win against Buckingham, with Georgie Twigg and Alice Sharp scoring their goals after Lottie Porter had put the visitors ahead.

East Grinstead are second on goal difference after a 5-0 win over Canterbury. Ashlie Samra, Laura Unsworth and Georgie Blackwood scored as the home side took a 3-0 half time lead, and further goals from Josephine Blunt and Bridget Blackwood sealed the win.

Elsewhere, Clifton Robinsons secured a 4-1 win at home to bottom of the table Bowdon Hightown.

The visitors took the lead in the eighth minute via a Rosie Bailey goal, but Claire Thomas equalised for Clifton in the 40th minute before scoring her second to take the lead in the 42nd minute.

Thomas completed her hat trick in the 44th minute when she slotted home from free play., then Victoria McCabe got herself on the score sheet with a late goal for Clifton in the 67th minute to make the score 4-1.

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