Women’s Premier Division leaders Canterbury left it late to take all three points at Slough. The game had been a 0-0 stalemate until the end of the match but an overtime penalty corner strike from Mel Clewlow gave them a 1-0 win.
Their lead at the top has extended to two points as Leicester lost for the first time since the opening week of the season, beaten 1-0 at Chelmsford.
Chelmsford joined Leicester on 13 points and were grateful to the veteran Tracy Willmore for the only goal of the game. Another seasoned player Mandy Gatherer scored four goals to help Olton to a 6-1 over Clifton which moves them up into second place.
Bowdon Hightown won the North derby at Doncaster 5-2 and Ipswich won the East Anglian derby at Old Loughtonians 4-1. Old Loughtonians and Clifton are now seven points behind the rest.
Men’s Premier Division leaders Cannock won again but were made to work hard for the three points at Canterbury finally running out winners 3-2.
Surbiton move up to second thanks to a 5-0 win at Chelmsford who rued a weak stroke miss from David de Prez when the score was 0-0.
Third placed Loughborough had to work harder for a 3-2 win at Hampstead. East Grinstead achieved their best result since returning to the top flight with a 1-1 draw against fourth placed Reading, while Guildford and Old Loughtonians battled out a 0-0 draw in the other game of the day
Chelmsford 1 defeated Leicester 0
Goals: Chelmsford - Tracy Willmore PC 26m
Bowdon Hightown 5 defeated Doncaster 2
Goals: Bowdon Hightown - Tina Cullen PC 12m, Nicky O’Donnell FG 16m, Nadine Merabi FG 38m, Aimee Clark FG 44m FG 57m; Doncaster – Jo Ellis FG 9m, Ruth Brooke FG 48m
Ipswich 4 defeated Old Loughtonians 1
Goals: Ipswich - Jo Ellis PC 12m PC 68m, Tanya Barnard FG 19m, Leisa King PS 59m; Old Loughtonians Julia Henry FG 29m
Olton & West Warwicks 6 defeated Clifton 1
Goals: Olton & West Warwicks - Mandy Gatherer FG 5m FG 15m FG 46m FG 54m, Naomi James FG 18m FG 55m
Canterbury 1 defeated Slough 0
Goals: Canterbury – Mel Clewlow PC 70m
Cannock 3 defeated Canterbury 2
Goals: Cannock - Andy Langlands FG 12m, Andy West FG 8m PS 33m, Canterbury – Ben Hare FG 23m, Huw Stevens FG 69m
Surbiton 5 defeated Chemlsford 0
Goals: Surbiton – Matt Daly PC 13m, Rob moore FG 32m, Brett Garrard PS 53m, James Tindall PC 57m, John Grice PC 58m
Reading 1 drew East Grinstead 1
Goals: Reading – Jonty Clarke – FG 4m, Ashley Jackson FG 36m
Guildford 0 drew Old Loughtonians 0
Loughborough Students 3 defeated Hampstead 2
Goals: Loughborough Students – Mark Gleghorne FG 7m, Jess Dowling FG 11m, Jon Bleby PC 55m; Hampstead – John Bell FG 23m, Ron Fulford PC 60m
Canterbury 17 points
Olton & West Warwicks 15
Bowdon Hightown 10
Old Loughtonians 1
Cannock 21 points
Loughborough Students 18
Hampstead & W 8
Old Loughtonians 5
East Grinstead 4
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