Brave Clifton find the going tough against star-studded Reading
By The Bristol Post | Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 05:00
IN Investec Premier Division, injury-hit Clifton Ladies found a Reading side who fielded five Great Britain players too hot to handle.
Clifton Ladies, back row from left: Dawn Mitchell, Aileen Davies, Izzy Palmer, Jo Carter, Emily Kirkham, Josie Rixon, Rachael Arnold, Fleur Horner. Front row from left: Frankie Mayes, Pippa Barnes, Liz Sinton, Abi Porter, Els Mansell, Vicky Roper and Caitlin Jefferies, front
Clifton struggled to match the home side's intensity from the first whistle and Reading took the lead after 15 minutes when Alex Danson scored.
Clifton managed to create a couple of first-half opportunities, but a lack of composure at the vital moment meant the chance to score was lost.
Reading scored a second first-half goal to give them a 2-0 lead at the break.
The home side started the second in a similar way to the first and scored two further goals before Jo Leigh pulled a goal back for Clifton.
The home side sealed victory with a fifth goal just before the end to complete a 5-1 victory.
Dawn Mitchell was player-of-the-match for Clifton who return to league action on Sunday when Bowden Hightown visit Coombe Dingle (11.30am).
Clifton returned to winning ways on Sunday when holders University of Birmingham were beaten 4-2 in the last 16 of the Hockey Association Cup.
A great start saw Clifton score twice in the opening ten minutes, through Liz Sinton and Abi Porter.
Emily Kirkham increased the lead in the 55th minute, but two goals in three minutes bought the holders within touching distance.
Clifton's nerves were settled three minutes from the end when Els Mansell scored Clifton's fourth.
Zoe Leach, Steph Addison and Fleur Horner all picked up injuries which might rule them out of this week's game.
Firebrands Ladies were also on the end of a heavy 6-2 defeat at Swansea in National Conference West.
Firebrands trailed 3-2 at the interval after getting off to the perfect start with a third-minute goal from Linda Webb.
After a Swansea equaliser, Georgie Field regained the lead, but the Welsh side then took control with goals from former Clifton stars, Abi Welsford and Carys Hopkins.
Firebrands entertain Staines on Sunday (12 noon) at Failand.
National Conference East leaders Sevenoaks won the last 16 Hockey Association Cup encounter against Firebrands on Sunday 2-0 leaving Clifton to provide local interest in the quarter finals.
Firebrands Men still chase a first victory after going down 3-2 at home to University of Birmingham. Rollo Lewis opened the scoring from a penalty corner, but the visitors soon equalised and took a 2-1 lead at half-time when they converted a penalty stroke.
Birmingham increased their lead when Firebrands were caught on the break though Lewis scored his second to narrow the gap to a single goal.
Sam Cathie was in tremendous form in goal and deservedly was man-of-the-match. Firebrands visit Cheltenham on Saturday.
In West Women's Premier One, Yate Ladies were held to a 1-1 draw by Team Bath, a side relegated from the national league at the end of last season.
Yate took the lead after ten minutes when experienced Sally Ellis scored from a short corner, the home side equalised before half time through an own goal.
The second half was a scrappy affair with Stacey Andrews in commanding form for Yate.
Yate 2nds lost 2-0 against Jaspers, but Yate 3rds were 7-0 winners over North Wilts. Alexandra Bessex (3),Claire Kane (2) and Tasha Child scored the goals with an own goal also contributing.
Four goals from Becca Murray, together with strikes from Rachael Gardener and Shelley Beurschgens gave Thornbury a 6-0 victory over Pucklechurch and goals from Zoe Barnett (2), Gill Bailey and Charlotte Fox earned Thornbury 2nds a 4-2 victory over Old Bristolians 3rds. Kate Holgate scored both goals for Old Bristolians.
Old Bristolians beat White Eagles 4-2 in Central Division, with Vicky Castle (2) and Rosie Poustie (2) scoring the goals.
Gabi Godwin scored for Firebrands Ladies 2nds in a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth and an Annie Webb goal helped Firebrands 4ths to a 1-0 victory over Old Bristolians 2nds.
In Davis Wood Men's League, Robinsons and Isca drew 0-0, unbeaten Isca remain five points clear of the Bristol side.
Robinsons C beat previously unbeaten Somerset Gryphons 3-1 with goals from Jimmy Manser (2) and Roger Birkenshaw.
Phil King was in fine form for Robinsons B who overcame Fry's 6-4. King scored four goals with others from Morizt Sprenger and Ian King.
Goals from Tom Jarvie and Pav Lochab could not prevent Robinsons from going down 4-2 against Cardiff/UWIC in the championship.
Yate 2nds lost 3-2 at home to City of Bath, Liam Cane and an own goal scored for Yate.
Yate 1sts played a 0-0 draw with Leominster, but Yate 3rds lost heavily at North Somerset.
A Joe Thomas goal was not enough to prevent Westbury/Utd Banks from a 5-1 defeat against Exeter University C.
Westbury/Utd Banks 3rds beat Team Bath E 4-2 with goals from Ollie Tucker (2), Nathan Walkey and Dave Dineley.
Westbury/Utd Banks Wanderers beat Mendip 3-2 with Tom Taylor (2) and Andy Cooper on target.
Matt Ravenscroft (2), Chris Tomlinson, Max Roberts and Dave Wornell helped Westbury/Utd Banks Wizards to a 5-0 victory over South Gloucs.
Westbury/Utd Banks Warriors were 4-3 victors over the club's Widgets in West Central Division. Martin Palmer, Phil Clear, Toby Whitehead and Duncan Ogilvie scored for the winners and Tom Hall (2) and Harry Jepson for the losers.
A Martin Palmer goal was not enough to save Westbury Masters over-50s from a 6-1 defeat against Isca Masters in the Hockey Association Masters Over-50s cup.
Yate Under-16s played two matches in the Hockey Board Cup winning both. City of Bath were defeated 4-1, the goals were scored by Jess Saunders (2) and Beth Masters (2).
Meanwhile, Devizes were beaten 2-0 with the Yate goals coming from Masters and Lucy Woodruff. Dan Cullum and Rich Sambrook scored for Firebrands 3rds in a 2-1 victory over Exeter University.