Bris­tol stu­dents still lead the way, de­spite be­ing held to a draw by Har­borne

Bristol Post - - SPORT - David PARRY-JONES post­sport@b-nm.co.uk

UNIVER­SITY of Bris­tol men’s side con­tinue to lead the way in Na­tional Con­fer­ence West, de­spite drop­ping their first points of the sea­son.

Har­borne led at the in­ter­val, but Paul Ma­cleod equalised shortly af­ter the break in a 1-1 draw. The stu­dents travel to face Chel­tenham on Sunday.

In Verde Re­creo West Premier­ship, West­bury/Utd Banks were de­feated 7-1 by Clifton Robin­sons, whose goals came from Ol­lie King (2), Ni­cholas Ro­bil­liard (2), Jake Rowe, Conor Pin­nell, Jamie Mor­ti­more. The West­bury goal came from Ben Rogers.

In other games, West­bury/Utd Banks 2nds lost 5-2 against Fire­brands B, with Osian Rees scor­ing both of their goals.

West­bury/Utd Banks 3rds and Shep­ton Mal­lett failed to find the net in a goal­less draw.

West­bury/Utd Banks Wan­der­ers were 3-1 win­ners over Fire­brands C. Goals for the win­ners were scored by Jay Hunt, Sam Parker and Chris Poul­son.

In Women’s Premier Divi­sion, Clifton Robin­sons’ match at Buck­ing­ham fell vic­tim to the lock­down re­stric­tions im­posed by the Welsh gov­ern­ment.

Clifton’s five Welsh-based squad mem­bers could not travel to the match, thus pre­vent­ing the game from go­ing ahead.

There are no fix­tures in the Women’s Premier League on Satur­day ow­ing to FIH Pro-League ac­tion. Great Bri­tain Women have matches against the Nether­lands and Bel­gium. Great Bri­tain drew 1-1 with the Nether­lands yes­ter­day, but lost the penalty shootout. The sec­ond fix­ture against he same op­po­nents is be­ing played to­mor­row (3.30pm) and be­ing shown on BT Sport.

Great Bri­tain play Bel­gium on Satur­day and again on Sunday, with both games start­ing at 1pm and again on BT Sport.

Clifton Robin­sons are rep­re­sented in the GB squad by 18-yearold So­phie Hamil­ton, who joined the club this sea­son af­ter rep­re­sent­ing Eng­land Un­der-21s in the Euro Hockey Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships ear­lier in the year.

Clifton Robin­sons head coach Juliet Ray­den is pleased with the way in which the new play­ers have set­tled into the club. She says there is a need for more con­sis­tency in per­for­mance, but these are early days with just four games played since hockey re­sumed. The team pro­duced sparkling dis­plays against new­com­ers Wim­ble­don and Swansea and com­peted well in their tight games which were lost. The team travel to Hamp­stead/West­min­ster on Satur­day week when fix­tures re­sume.

In Na­tional Con­fer­ence West, Clifton Robin­sons 2nds de­feated Bas­ingstoke 3-0, with Holly Sav­age scor­ing a brace and Abi Porter the other goal. The sec­ond-placed Bris­tol side travel to play Exe on Satur­day.

Fire­brands gained a 2-1 home vic­tory against Ox­ford Univer­sity, thanks to first-half goals from Amy Homitzky and Becky Dru. Fire­brands host Team Bath on Satur­day at Fai­land.

In West Women’s League, ac­tion be­gan on Satur­day later than usual due to the pan­demic. Red­land/ UWE went down 5-2 against Chel­tenham-based Lans­down, with Vicky Guy and Laura Coombes their goalscor­ers.

Red­land/UWE 2nds lost 6-0 against Bris­tol/West Jaspers, but a goal from Lou Cole earned Red­land/UWE 3rds a 1-0 win over Bris­tol/West Jaspers 2nds.

Wick lost 1-0 against West­ber­ries 3rds, while Wick 2nds were 3-1 win­ners over Yate 3rds, thanks to goals from Re­becca King (2) and Shelby Haynes.

West­bury/Utd Banks Wizards lost 5-0 against Bris­tol/UWE A.

Pic­tures: Peter Smith

Clifton Robin­sons on the at­tack dur­ing their 7-1 win against West­bury/Utd Banks in Verde Re­creo West Premier­ship. Right: Clifton’s Rich El­ston keeps the ball away from a West­bury player

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