East Grinstead Cruise to Bowdon Win

Second from bottom club Bowdon hosted top of the league East Grinstead in the first game of a full programme in the Men’s Premier Division on Sunday.

It took Danny Hall (pictured) just ten minutes to find the backboard for his first of the game before Andrew Piper made it 2-0.

Danny Hall, East Grinstead, 500

Mark Pearn scored a goal either half of the break to put the visitors in a commanding lead. Another Danny Hall goal and one from Mark Gleghorne saw a 6-0 win for East Grinstead.

Playing last, Cannock could still have gone top by beating fifth placed Reading but they could only muster a 1-1 draw.

Richard Mantell put the visitors ahead before David Harris pulled one back from a penalty corner in the 53rd minute. Cannock are level on points with East Grinstead but are trailing considerably on goal difference.

At the bottom of the table, University of Exeter couldn’t capitalise on Bowdon’s loss to close the gap as they lost 3-1 to Hampstead and Westminster.

Andrew Smith and Sam Dixon scored the first two for Hampstead before Ian Haley returned fire on 28 minutes.

Dixon struck again to make it 3-1 but Haley had a penalty stroke saved by Ian Scanlon in the Hampstead goal towards the end of the game.

Beeston and Surbiton both recorded victories to keep their charge up the table alive. Surbiton travelled to Loughborough to face their student team, coming away with a 4-1 win and Beeston ran out 3-0 winners against Southgate.

Yesterday, Bowdon and Brooklands Manchester University prevailed in the re-arranged quarter finals of the England Hockey Men’s Cup.

Goals from Nigel Croke, James Adgey and Simon Egerton helped Bowdon to a 4-1 win against Southgate and Brooklands were awarded a walkover against Bromley and Beckenham.

The story of the weekend in the conferences must be that of Ibrar Latif of Deeside Ramblers in the EHL Men’s Conference North. Despite being in incredible goal scoring form, Ibrar found himself on the losing side on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, he was on target four times, including finding the net twice with penalty strokes in the Ramblers game against Leek. But Leek were free scoring too - Ben White also hit four to see his team win 7-5.

And so on to Sunday and Latif once again hit four goals, this time against Preston. But a Robin Taylor hat-trick, along with two goals from Adam Wilson, saw Ibrar and Deeside losing out again.

Another player in the goals was Andy Cornick whose five goals helped Oxted to a 8-3 win in the EHL Men’s Conference East yesterday.

In the EHL Men’s Conference West, Team Bath Buccaneers maintained their 11 point lead at the top with a 2-0 win over Cardiff and UWIC. In a bottom of the table clash, Lichfield beat rock bottom Bounville by a single Allister Gardiner goal. The game was marred for Lichfield when Martin Webb picked up a second yellow and was sent from the field of play.