Gloucester lead in the Conference West

Gloucester City head into the last two weeks of the first-half of the Women’s Hockey League season as the top regional side in Conference West.

Sarah Jennings’ City swept aside Team Bath Buccaneers, 4-0, to maintain fourth spot in the table with their fourth win from eight League games.

Although Reading lead the way, closely followed by Southampton side Trojans and Stourport, Gloucester are the leading West Country side in the division and start round nine just six points off top spot.

In-form Danielle Gibson claimed a quick-fire hat-trick to get Gloucester on the roll against Buccs with goals in the second, 12th and 19th minutes.

Jessica Thomas made it 4-0 just before half-time as Gloucester maintained their impressive start.

The result leaves Bath on the basement with just one point from their opening eight games ahead of yesterday’s tough test against promotion-chasing Trojans.

Gibson, meanwhile, is the division’s in-form scorer with an impressive five goals in six first-team outings.

Isca – who were due to travel to Cannock yesterday – face a tough end to the first-half of the season as they visit resurgent Swansea City Spartans on Saturday.

While Isca were losing 3-1 at home to Stourport at Exeter University, Spartans beat Cannock 1-0 to soar to the fifth in the ten-team table. International ace Meg Crowson scored Isca’s consolation goal.

Gloucester finish off the year with a double header against Olton & West Warwicks – at home yesterday and away on Saturday.

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