Olton 7 - 1 Northampton Saints
OLTON’S superb season continued at the weekend as they recorded their 10th straight victory in the league. With the rain driving down, Olton hit Saints early on with the usual flair that teams now fear when travelling to face the league leaders.
Olton dominated for the opening 15 minutes and found themselves two up through short corner strikes from Tom Pickersgill. He converted again before half time to take the lead to 3-0, however a lapse of concentration allowed Saints to take a quick free hit and then convert through a well worked deflection.
Olton knew their opponents would come at them in the second half, but a professional performance saw two further goals from Pickersgill and two from Eddie James win the game comfortably.
l Olton have set up a quarter-final clash with Brooklands after overcoming National League side Chelmsford in the National Hockey Association Cup on Sunday. Two goals from Pickersgill were enough to get past their opponents, the result leaving Olton the only remaining non-national league side in the cup.
Kingswinford 4 - 0 Yardley
PLAYING without their injured captain and leading scorer, Yardley were always going to be hard pressed against a team that beat them heavily last season. Indeed, Kingswinford set the early pace and took the lead through a short corner, but Yardley rallied and tried to create some chances of their own. Yardley goalkeeper Neal Makepeace kept his team in it with a series of fine saves, but he could do nothing about a Kingswinford breakaway attack that lead to the second goal. Kingswinford settled into their passing game and it was no surprise when the third goal followed. As Yardley fought back, Kingswinford added a somewhat fluky fourth.
Olton 1 - 1 Bowden Hightown
AFTER a frantic opening to the game, visitors Bowden took the lead on 13 minutes through Tina Cullen, who had a simple tap-in following a pass across goal. As the game progressed, it began to look as though Olton were going to be unable to convert their opportunities as they penned Bowdon back. Yet in the final minute of the game, Holly Chipman managed to get onto the end of a ball looped high over the Bowdon keeper, deflecting it in at waist height.
Solihull Blossomfield 2 - 5 Birmingham University
BLOSS started the game with confidence and drive, but after ten minutes Uni had put away a well taken penalty corner to take the lead.
Their celebrations were short-lived however, as Bloss slotted one home a few minutes later through a well worked move neatly finished by Jen Parkes. Shortly after Sara Webber scored through a great solo effort to see Bloss go 2-1 up. The game was evenly matched and hard fought, but the discipline and fitness of the larger Uni squad allowed them to sneak the goals home to win the game.