Hockey: Olympic medal stars back with a bang for Leicester club
Leicester welcomed back three of their Olympic bronze-medal stars for their clash with University of Birmingham – and then turned on a golden performance to win 4-1.
For the first time this season, Great Britain trio Hannah MacLeod, Chloe Rogers and Anne Panter featured in their Investec Premier Division campaign.
A special presentation to mark the achievement was made to the trio by the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Abdul Osman.
It was Panter who made the first impact in the match against Birmingham, at Leicester Grammar School, by scoring from a penalty corner on six minutes.
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The visitors hit back and levelled the scores with a 17th-minute strike from Xenna Hughes.
Leicester regained the lead early in the second half through Katie Long. Jo Hunter made it 3-1 and Long rounded off the scoring with her second.
After a sluggish start to the season, when they drew two and lost one of their first four matches, Leicester have run into form, reeling off four straight wins.
It means the reigning champions now lie second in the table, just one point behind Canterbury, the only team to have beaten them so far.