Two-goal Leach on target to fire Clifton Ladies to convincing win
TWO goals from Zoe Leach and one each from Els Mansell and Aileen Davis earned Clifton Ladies a 4-l home victory over bottom-of-the- table Slough in Investec Premier Division.
Fleur Horner's side visit Olton-West Warwicks on Saturday hoping to continue their good form. Jo Leigh could possibly return to the line-up after returning from South Africa where she won her first England cap.
England ended the tournament in bottom position after a 3-0 defeat by the Netherlands.
Clifton are in action again on Sunday when they visit Sevenoaks in the next round of the Hockey Association Cup.
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Clifton 2nds won 2-0 winners at Cheltenham in West Womens Premier Division with goals from Jo Escott and Charlie Wakefield.
And to complete a great week for the team, they won a thrilling encounter against Loughborough in the Hockey Association 2nd XI Cup.
Goals from Chloe Davis and Emily Kirkham earned them a 2-2 draw before the tie went to extra-time. But neither side could break the deadlock in the additional period and Clifton held their nerve to go through 3-2 on penalty strokes.
In National Conference West, Firebrands Ladies and Stourport drew 1-1, with a first goal from new signing Lizzie Gittens five minutes from the end securing a point for Martin MacBlain's side.
Firebrands Men team lost 2-1 at Whitchurch. Firebrands gave a gritty performance, according to manager Ross Opie, but are still looking for their first victory since winning promotion. Mike Blair scored their goal.
Firebrands entertain Bath Buccs on Sunday at Failand (2pm), whileFirebrands Ladies visit Isca University on Saturday.
Old Bristolians Ladies thumped Shepton Mallett 6-1. Vicky Castle claimed two goals and was joined on the scoresheet by Louise Johnson, Sam Edmunds, Sophie Randall and Becs Law.
A Becca Murray hat-trick and two goals from Vicky Ball helped Thornbury to a 4-2 victory over Redland 2nds, while Rachael Underwood (2), Sarah Lally (2), Lauren Upham (2), Lorna Thornton and Rosie Hutchinson were on target in Thornbury 3rds' 8-0 victory over Wick 2nds.
In the Davis Wood Men's League, Westbury/Utd Banks went down 4-1 against Truro. Neil Richardson scored the Bristol side's consolation goal.
Goals from Tom Colquhoun (2) and Phil Haslett helped Westbury/Utd Banks 2nds to a 3-2 win over Team Bath D.
Westbury/Utd Banks 3rds were defeated 4-1 by Somerset Gryphons, Westbury Utd Banks Wanderers beat Firebrands C 4-3 thanks to goals from Neil Moon, Terry Watts, James Pearce-Smith and Tom Nash.
Westbury/Utd Banks Wizards had a winning weekend, winning both games against Yate B.
They came out on top 5-2 in the first match with goals from Richard Beesley (2), Harry Jepson (2) and Steve Millman. And Beesley went one better in the second encounter, scoring a hat-trick in a 6-1 success.
Westbury/Utd Banks Warriors comfortably defeated Mendip A 5-0 with Mark Colton (2), Martin Palmer (2) and Duncan Ogilvie on the scoresheet.
Tom Crook scored Firebrands 2nds' goal in a 2-1 defeat by Leominster, while Ed Alsop and Jamie Cranfield earned Firebrands 3rds a 2-2 draw with Taunton Vale.
Firebrands Ladies 2nds drew their Womens Premier One clash with Yate 1-1, Georgie Field scored for Firebrands and Sally Ellis replied for Yate. Maria Jones was player of the match for Yate.
Yate Ladies 3rds won both their weekend games – 6-1 against Wotton-Under-Edge 2nds thanks to Alexandra Bessex (2), Kath Greenman (2), Tash Child and Lara Bathurst and 2-0 in a rearranged fixture with Avonmouth 2nds in which Bessex and Greenman were on target.
Yate Men drew 3-3 with Bristol & West with goals from Conor Pennell. Matt Bethell and Aaron Thomas, while a Matt Clarke strike earned Yate 2nds a 1-1 draw with Chippenham A.
Firebrands Ladies 4ths defeated Fry's 2nds 3-1 with goals from Romilly Leach (2) and `Sarah Welch