SHANDON hockey star Fiona Burnet was back on club duty last weekend as Clifton Robinsons looked to keep up their Women's Hockey League Premier Division challenge.

The former Lomond School pupil joined the Bristol based club while she continues to study Politics and International Relations at the University of Bath, and Clifton have made a strong start to the campaign.

However Saturday's 1-1 draw with second bottom Bowdon will go down as a missed opportunity for Clifton. Despite that slip up they have kept pace with the early season pace setters and sit just three points behind league leaders Surbiton after six games.

Burnet has been a pivotal figure for the club, scoring a double in the 2-0 win over Leicester in September.

The 21-year-old, whose sister Anna sails for Great Britain, was on international duty last month when Scotland played a three-match series against Ireland.

She'll be hoping to continue her recent good form to force her way into Scotland head coach Gordon Shepherd's squad for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.

Clifton face a trip to Buckingham and host East Grinstead in the coming weeks.

Both team are around Clifton in the table so it represents a chance for Burnet and her teammates to lay down a title marker.