Stunning win for Ladies
Leicester Ladies recorded a tremendous away victory over previously-unbeaten Surbiton.
Although this was a fiercely-contested and sometimes fractious Investec Premier League clash, the hockey played was of a high quality.
Leicester withstood repeated attacks from Surbiton before taking the lead as half-time approached.
It came from a short corner that was deflected home by captain Vanessa Hawkins.
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The Pukkas doubled their advantage early in the second half through Jo Hunter, only for Surbiton to pull one back with a brilliant open-field goal from Sarah Page.
In the last 20 minutes, there were chances for both sides, with Leicester, at one stage down to nine players, as they repelled several Surbiton short corners.
It was a victory based on determination and skill, with returning Olympian Anne Panter the stand-out performer, and the perfect tonic after losing to leaders Canterbury the previous week.
As a result, The Pukkas lie sixth but, such is the closeness of the competition, they are only three points behind table-toppers Canterbury.
It sets them up nicely for this weekend's eagerly-anticipated clash with Reading, who will be seeking revenge for defeat in both last season's indoor and outdoor national finals.