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Holly Hunt scored twice as Hampstead and Westminster recorded their second straight win of the season in the Vitality Women’s Premier Division.
The Britain international struck in the third and fourth quarters to add to Lauren Turner’s strike in the dying minute of the first half to give her side a three-goal advantage going into the final 10 minutes.
Sophie Bray struck twice in as many minutes to prepare for a grandstand finish, but it wasn’t for East Grinstead as they lost 3-2, their first league loss in 728 days, while Hampstead is now in the lead of the league after two games.
Surbiton recorded their first win of the season, beating Beeston 2-0. Georgie Twigg opened the scoring in her first game of the season after getting married last weekend before Eloise Stenner added a second moment in the second half.
Buckingham recorded a second straight 1-1 draw, this time against Clifton Robinsons. Lauren Thomas scored for Buckingham in the 14e minute before Clifton – who also drew last week – equalized four minutes later thanks to Carla Dunnett.
Holcombe came back two fewer goals to draw 2-2 with the University of Birmingham, the first points for both teams this season. Millie Giglio and Becky Manton had given the students the advantage before Izzy Shelley and Becky Iaw equalized Holcombe.
The other Premier Division game between the Loughborough students and Wimbledon has been postponed following the sudden death of Loughborough coach Andy Gibson. As a sign of respect, this match was not played as well as the match between Loughborough Students 2s and the University of Oxford (Conference Midlands) and Doncaster’s match against Leeds as he was a life member of the former. Our deepest condolences go out to Andy’s family, friends and everyone who knew him.
In the Division 1 North, Maddie Axford’s hat-trick propelled the University of Nottingham to the top of the table by beating Stourport 4-2. Durham University resisted a late retaliation from Leicester City to win 3-2, while there were 2-1 wins for Bowdon Hightown and Gloucester City over Olton & West Warwicks and Belper respectively. The other game of the day saw Ben Rhydding and Brooklands Poynton draw 2-2.
Sevenoaks and Surbiton 2s have made a strong statement in the Division 1 South as they both recorded 4-0 victories over Wimbledon 2 and Canterbury respectively. Reading and Cambridge City also got off to a good start with 3-1 victories over Harleston Magpies and Trojans respectively. In the other game, two goals from Briony Anyon saw Slough beat Isca 2-0.
Hampstead & Westminster 2 put in a great performance in their first Eastern Conference game, beating Chelmsford 5-1. Southgate was equally impressive in beating Ipswich 4-0, while there were 2-0 wins for Barnes and London Wayfarers over Bromley & Beckenham and Canterbury 2s respectively. Horsham got off to a winning start, beating East London 1-0.
Sutton Coldfield moved to the top of the brand new Midlands Conference by beating Cannock 5-1. Hampstead & Westminster 2 also took the win with a 4-2 victory over Khalsa Leamington, while Beeston 2 defeated Broxborne 2-1. The other game played saw Bedford and St Albans draw 1-1.
Timperley and Durham University 2 both recorded 3-1 wins to start their North Conference campaign in the foreground. Timperley’s victory came against Alderley Edge as Durham beat Pendle Forest. Neston also scored three points beating Wakefield 2-1, while the other game saw Fylde and Didsbury Northern play a 0-0 draw.
Bristol Firebrands came back three goals short to win an 11-goal thriller against Witney 6-5 in the Western Conference. The Bath Buccs team also got three points beating Exe 3-1, a result replicated by Basingstoke beating the University of Bristol. Elsewhere, Cheltenham and Oxford Hawks also recorded wins, with the first beating Clifton Robinsons 2-1 and the last beating Penarth 1-0.