East Grinstead top the table on road to Wembley

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The Maxifuel Super Sixes Championships came to a dramatic conclusion at the weekend with East Grinstead finishing top of the table.

Joining the Sussex side in the finals are Bowdon, Beeston and Reading. The indoor championship will be concluded at Wembley Arena on Sunday January 29.

For East Grinstead, the final day ended much the same as most others, with them winning both games.

Reading proved to be a stern test in their first encounter of the day and it took a second half comeback with goals from Ashley Jackson and David de Prez to clinch a 5-4 victory.

But the second game proved to be less of a test for East Grinstead as they put Sevenoaks to the sword with a 12-2 win. Great Britain international star Ashley Jackson was irrepressible once again, weighing in with five goals. The win ensured that East Grinstead could not be caught at the top of the table and go to the Finals undefeated on 22 points.

Bowdon finished in second place on 19 points.  After managing only a draw in their first against Old Loughtonians, they knew it would be a tall order to top the league.  But they played their final game before East Grinstead and piled the pressure on the leaders by hitting an incredible 18 goals against Harleston Magpies. Simon and David Egerton scored four each and Alastair Brogdon scored a hat trick.

It was not to be enough but they will take comfort in the fact that they are currently free scoring and dangerous opponents for anyone.

Beeston beat Canterbury 6-3 and although the Nottingham side lost to Surbiton 4-2 in their final games, a haul of 15 points meant they still finished in third place, three points ahead of Reading in fourth.

Reading had to rely on their superior goal difference to qualify for the finals after a loss and a victory on Sunday left them level on points with Surbiton.

Surbiton will be feeling hard done by after beating Beeston with their other match ending in a 6-6 draw with Canterbury.

They looked to have done enough when Tim Deakin scored in the 39th minute but a last minute David Mathews strike gave Canterbury a share of the spoils.

With the line up for the 2012 Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals complete, three of 2011's finalists will return to Wembley Arena on Sunday 29 January.  East Grinstead, Beeston and Reading all return to the 7000 capacity arena while Bowdon's men join their women at Wembley for the first time.

See all the results in the Men’s Maxifuel Super Sixes Premier Division here.

Tickets for the Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals are on sale now from Ticketmaster. For more information and to buy yours today visit www.englandhockey.co.uk/maxifuelsupersixes.