L1s Beat Beeston 3-0
By Colin Pike
Surbiton Ladies beat Beeston 3-0 to join Hampstead & Westminster as the only two teams with maximum points after the first two games of the Investec Women's Hockey League Premier Division season.
All three goals came from first quarter penalty corner conversions as first Giselle Ansley found the backboard in the tenth minute, with Hannah Martin adding the second and third goals in the 14th and 16th minutes respectively.
Eloise Stenner, one of Beeston's scorers in their 2-1 win in last season's corresponding fixture, came close to scoring in the fifth minute, only denied by visiting goalkeeper Nicki Cochrane after a run towards goal.
Stenner was denied a second time early in the second quarter with youngster Emily Guckian also a potential threat in attack. Late in the first half, Erica Sanders shot past the left post in a one on one situation with Cochrane, but Surbiton had to settle for a 3-0 half time lead.
Beeston had lost 4-1 to Hampstead in their first fixture but had Cochrane to thank as Georgie Twigg, Sanders and Martin were all frustrated in the second half.
Jess Hood intercepted Holly Munro's pass and Paige Gillott blocked Surbiton's eighth and final penalty corner as Beeston worked hard in defence to keep Surbiton scoreless in the final three quarters.
Beeston had two penalty corners and went close to scoring, but Surbiton's Sabbie Heesh kept a clean sheet.
Hampstead beat the University of Birmingham 3-0 at Paddington Recreation Ground to lead the fledgling league table with a two better goal difference than Surbiton.
Buckingham drew 1-1 with Bowdon Hightown to go third and Loughborough Students dominated East Grinstead with a 5-1 away win, former Surbiton player Izzy Petter scoring Loughborough's third goal.
Clifton Robinsons beat Holcombe 2-1 to earn their first win of the season.