Catlin's goals not enough for top spot

NICK Catlin bagged eight goals for Reading on the opening day of the Maxifuel Super Sixes Indoor Championships, but they had to settle for fourth spot after some close matches in the Men’s Premier Division.

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Catlin’s six goals in their opening clash against Beeston was not enough as they went down 8-9 to Beeston, for whom Paddy Schmidt scored five.

Another two followed for Catlin as Reading beat Old Loughtonians 8-5 with Jonty Clarke scoring a hat-trick to take his daily tally to four.

Schmidt ended the day with seven goals, but they too dropped points in the opening match of the day where Bowdon beat them 7-4 with Simon Egerton scoring five.

So after day one of the Men’s Premier Division, Surbiton top the table on goal difference from East Grinstead, while just one team has not secured any points, Harleston Magpies.

Surbiton drew 4-4 with East Grinstead in their first match, and it proved to be a real cracker.

Drawing at 1-1 at half time, East Grinstead battled into a 4-1 lead before their rivals netted three goals late in the game to salvage a point.

And Surbiton then went on to hammer bottom of the table Harleston Magpies 10-1, with Tim Deakin and Andrew Sheridan both scoring hat-tricks, while Richard Alexander added two.

Following the draw with Surbiton, East Grinstead won 4-3 over Bowdon, David De Prez scoring two.

In other action, Sevenoaks won 3-1 over Harleston Magpies with goals from Tim Warrington, Michael Shelton and Richard Payne.

Old Loughtonians scraped a 3-2 win over Canterbury in dramatic style. They led 1-0 with six minutes remaining, and a couple of late goals gave them a 3-0 lead with five minutes to go. But Canterbury’s never-say-die attitude saw them hit back to 3-2, but they were unlucky not to have challenged for a point.

Later in the day, Canterbury showed just what they are capable of when they won 9-3 over Sevenoaks.

Ben Allberry scored four goals, while there were hat-tricks for Michael Farrer and David Matthews and Liam Foster scored twice early in the game.

Click here to see the Maxifuel Men's Premier Division table & fixtures.

The action continues at the Maxifuel Super Sixes Championship’s Men’s Premier Division tomorrow.

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