Southampton thrashed Reading 5-0 at the Sports Centre to move back to the top of Women's South League, Division 1.

It was all done and dusted before half-time with the rampant Saints scoring four times without reply.

Naomi Dunn got the first, Bex Day the second and Sue Crowley a third from a penalty stroke after the former Welsh international had repeatedly been stick tackled.

A reverse stick shot by Day made it 4-0 before the break, with the inspirational Sarah Gwynn sealing Reading's fate in the closing stages.

Trojans are through to the last 32 of the EHA Women's Cup after sending Canterbury, the cup holders, spinning to a 2-0 second round defeat at Stoneham Lane.

Penalty corner conversions by Nyssa McNeill and Nadine Devereux settled it - and booked a showdown against Ipswich on November 16.

With home advantage, Trojans will fancy their chances of making it through to the quarter-finals, as Ipswich are currently bottom of the Premier League.

They thoroughly deserved their success against Canterbury who, without their posse of Great Britain stars involved in an international tournament in Argentina, looked a pale shadow of the side which beat top dogs Slough in last season's final.

Trojans were a goal ahead after 13 minutes from a penalty corner awarded when ex-Trojan Davinia Ablett fouled in the 25.

Ali Wakefield's left-hand injection prompted a three-player move on the edge of the D - and the opening for McNeill to squeeze the ball home at the near post.

Trojans' second, one minute after half-time, sank the cup holders.

Again Wakefield injected and Devereux sent a low drive screaming into the net.

Goalkeeper Sara Ellis, becoming increasingly confident between the posts, showed her pedigree with two fine saves from Becky Luck and Nicky Dolby.

But Trojans remained on top and were well worth their 2-0 success.

The cup success capped a fine weekend for Trojans, who had to work hard to chisel out a 2-1 win at Woking.

Tamsin Pascoe nudged Trojans in front, but Georgie Field's 43rd-minute Woking equaliser left the outcome in the balance.

Emma Teague got Trojans winner seven minutes from time to set up Saturday's High Noon top-of-the-table crunch with Harleston Magpies (Stoneham Lane).

Southampton's EHA Cup interest ended with a 2-0 home defeat by St Albans. who they could play in National League, Division 2 next season - if they are promoted.

Two second half penalty strokes shattered Southampton, who had goalkeeper Rachel Adams sin-binned for the foul that led to St Alban's taking the lead.

Southampton fought hard to recover the situation, but a second penalty stroke - awarded when a St Albans shot was foot-blocked on the line - sealed their fate.

Winchester are out of the EHA Trophy despite Nicky Bamforth's stunning equaliser which silenced London top dogs, Hampstead & Westminster.

But Winchester ran out of steam and eventually crumbled to a 7-1 defeat.

Trojans II crushed Basingstoke 6-0 in the Hampshire League, with Georgie Cornick, Rachell MacKinney, Karen Winkle (penalty), Isobel Cochrane, Kerry McKann and Denise Lulham on target.

Romsey moved to within one point of Fareham at the top of Division 2 after a 4-0 win over Southampton III.

Robinson, Ross, Viney and Swithenbank got the Romsey goals.