East Grinstead top in Men's Maxifuel Super Sixes

East Grinstead put out the message that they are the team to beat in the Maxifuel Super Sixes Championships by beating Beeston and Harleston Magpies in two 6-3 encounters.

East Grinstead, Harper, Indoor 2011-12-500

East Grinstead’s David De Prez grabbed a brace in each game to help his side stay top and despite a spirited fight back from 5-0 down at half time, Harleston Magpies couldn’t find the goals to move them from the bottom of the table and they are yet to record a point.

Beeston’s Timothy Davenport scored six in a scintillating 17-goal thriller as the Nottinghamshire side overcame Old Loughtonians 10-7 and the two teams are separated only by goal difference in the league.

Paddy Schmidt added another two, while David Ames and Martin Scanlon were also on target. For Old Loughtonians, Paul Nichols and Ali Bray added two each, with others coming from Scott Sandison, Stuart Hardy and Jonathon Brown.

Although East Grinstead are the only undefeated team in the league, both Bowdon and Canterbury are in hot pursuit in the title race and both are within a point of the leaders.

Simon Egerton’s hat-trick helped Bowdon to ease past Surbiton before a narrow 6-5 win over Reading ensured maximum points.

Reading met Canterbury in their other match and despite a Jonty Clarke hat-trick, they eventually lost out 4-3 with Ben Allberry and David Mathews hitting two goals apiece.

Mathews and Allberry were on target again in their other game of the day and once again the score was 4-3 with Allberry scoring twice, Allberry once and Nat Joy adding the other.

Their opponents in that match, Harleston Magpies, once again showed that although they stand rock bottom of the league, they are competing with the top teams and surely their first points can’t be far away.

Sevenoaks are just a point above Harleston Magpies and had a bad start to proceedings with a 3-0 loss to Old Loughtonians, for whom Paul Nicholls scored a hat-trick of goals.

And in their second game, they did manage to get on the scoresheet through Situ Pitu and Chris Barker but couldn’t stop fourth-placed Surbiton from scoring three and taking all the points with goals from Fergus Dunn, Andrew Sheridan and Richard Alexander.

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