Pearn and Hall Goals Help East Grinstead to Victory

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TWO goals each from Mark Pearn and Danny Hall helped East Grinstead secure a hard-fought 5-3 win at Surbiton in the England Hockey Men's Premier Division on Saturday.

They led narrowly 3-2 at half time before the home side levelled, Fergus Dunn having scored two and Matt Daly one.

But goals on 59 and 60 minutes from Hall and WIll Arthur saw the visitors secure the win.

Two goals from Richard Smith helped Loughborough Students beat visitors University of Exeter.

Smith struck early with a goal from a penalty stroke after just two minutes, and after Sam Ward had added a goal on seven minutes, Smith’s second put Loughborough 3-0 ahead.

Exeter hit back through Ian Haley on 17 minutes, and he then closed the gap to 3-2 at half time with a goal on 31 minutes from a penalty stroke.

But hopes victory were dashed, as Loughborough added further goals on 46 and 61 minutes through Stuart Loughrey and Richard Dawson Smith.

In the Conference North, Leek and Brooklands battled out a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Brooklands took the lead through Russ Anderson on 18 minutes and led 1-0 at half time, only for hosts Leek to take a 2-1 lead with goals from Richard Cordon and Ben White.

A brace of goals from David Flanagan helped Brooklands take a 3-2 lead, but the spoils were shared following Paul Dawson’s 64th minute goal for Leek.

Elsewhere, honours were even between hosts Deeside Ramblers and Preston, who drew 6-6.

There were four goals from Ibrar Latif and others from Babar Abdullah and Ali Ghazanfar for Deeside, while for Preston Sam Sinclair and Adam Wilson scored two each, with Jonny Robinson and Matthew Hoffman also scoring.

Doncaster won 3-2 over Olton and West Warickshire, with Lachlan Brownhalls scoring twice and Owen Leask adding the other.

And Belper won 2-1 over Barford Tigers, Luke Davies and Sam Hawkes scoring their goals.

In the East Conference, Old Loughtonians won 4-3 over Harleston Magpies with Alex Jennings scoring a hat-trick and Harry Martin adding the other.

More later.