Hall Scores Four as East Grinstead March on

East Grinstead put eight past Reading away from home to cement their place at the top of the EHL Men’s Premier Division on Sunday. Danny Hall was in inspired form, scoring four of the goals himself.

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It was Hall who opened the scoring on 16 minutes before Mark Pearn doubled the lead in the 22nd. A Will Arthur goal made it three before Hall hit the fourth just before the break. It looked unlikely that Reading would get anything from the match and that proved to be the case as East Grinstead kept up the tempo in the second half. Andy Carruthers scored a consolation goal for the home side just before time.

The biggest upset of the day came in the second game of the day with Cannock travelling to University of Exeter. A Cannock win would put them within three points of East Grinstead and leave University of Exeter rooted to the foot of the table.

Cannock started brightly and were two goals to the good after 15 minutes. But then Bendon Noble kick started a spirited fight back for Cannock , scoring from a penalty corner after 18 minutes. Tom Carson and Robert Mugridge put the home side 3-2 in front before David Harris levelled the scores after 52 minutes.

But University of Exeter showed excellent resilience to go down the other end and score immediately after through Josh Godfrey. They held their lead to the whistle and took a vital three points.

Cannock’s slip up allowed Beeston to close the gap between them to one point with a 4-0 victory over Hampstead and Westminster. Goals from Martin Scanlon, Ben Arnold, Martin Jones and Stuart Pilgrim built up what proved to be an unassailable half time score line.

Southgate distanced themselves from the bottom of the league table with a 4-1 win over Loughborough Students. Robert Schilling and Thaddeus Rivett both scored in the ninth minute to set them up for a comfortable win.

In the other game, Bowdon went down 6-2 at the hands of Surbiton. Fergus Dunn scored two for Surbiton and Bowdon must pick points up soon if they are to avoid a relegation battle.

Michael Farrer showed how lethal he can be with hat-trick in the EHL Men’s Conference East game between Canterbury and Bromley and Beckenham. The Canterbury player scored all of his strikes from penalty corners. Bromley player, Ben Allberry also hit three goals but it wasn’t enough to stop Canterbury holding top spot.

In the EHL Men’s Conference North, Brooklands had their game called off due to a waterlogged pitch. Sheffield Hallam took full advantage, winning their game 5-1 to go top, albeit with one more game played.

In the EHL Men’s Conference West, it seems as Team Bath Buccaneers are cruising to top spot with yet another win. The 3-0 victory over Fareham means they are now 13 points clear of Havant in second.