Hockey: Macleod returns as Pukkas win to move into second
Leicester secured their third consecutive win in the women's Investec Premier Division with a narrow 2-1 victory against a high-flying Sutton Coldfield.
Having made headlines earlier in the week with her Olympic medal being stolen, Hannah Macleod rejoined the Pukkas after a two-week absense with the safe return of her medal.
A poor start from Leicester saw them fall behind to a super penalty corner from Sutton in the early minutes. They failed to find their feet until the latter stages of the half.
Once settled, Leicester began to create chances and won a number of penalty corners, but failed to convert any.
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The second half saw the champions control the game and create further chances, but fantastic goalkeeping kept Leicester at bay.
It was not until the final 10 minutes of the game when a persistent Leicester finally got the equaliser.
Forward Katie Long drove down the right-hand baseline to find MacLeod, who managed to slot home from close range.
Just minutes later, Leicester converted a late penalty corner routine, with Jo Hunter getting the final touch to ensure the Pukkas took all three points from the clash.
As Leicester build momentum, moving to second in the league, a break in league fixtures this weekend is not what the Pukkas wanted.
The next game is at home on Saturday, November 10, when the club's GB Olympic bronze medallists will be welcomed back.
Investec Premier Division: Bowdon 0, Reading 4; Canterbury 4, University of Birmingham 2; Clifton 1, Surbiton 1; Slough 1, Olton & West Warwicks 1.
Leicester's men were held to a dramatic 2-2 draw against Berkswell & Balsall Common in East Midlands Division One. Under stand-in captain Ed Tovey, Leicester dominated play and created numerous goal-scoring opportunities.
However, it was not until a goal-bound shot was blocked by a foot on the goal-line that Steve Palmer had the opportunity to flick in the penalty to make it 1-0.
Ed Barnett took advantage of a defensive mix-up soon after to take Leicester into the half-time break 2-0 up.
Despite Leicester dominance continuing during the second half, they were made to pay for missing a hatful of chances that would have sealed the win.
Berkswell pulled a goal back from close range with 10 minutes to go and then forced the ball over the line in the last minute to snatch an unlikely point.
The draw drops Leicester down to third in the league but they still remain unbeaten.
Leicester's seconds travelled to Berkswell & Balsall and came away with a 4-1 win.
The away side got off to the perfect start when Del Cooke drilled a shot from the top of the D into the corner after just two minutes.
Michael Megginson doubled Leicester's lead just a few minutes later with a terrific reverse-stick shot from a tight angle.
Berkswell got back to within a goal from a penalty corner, but Megginson's second took Leicester into half-time with two-goal cushion.
Berks rarely threatened the Leicester goal during the second half and, when Ady Pope poked in a fourth, their chances of a comeback disappeared and Leicester took the win.
Leicester thirds let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 with Nottingham, while the fourths remain top of their league after a 3-1 win against Beeston.