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