East Grinstead to face Reading or Beeston in Final

EAST Grinstead hammered eight goals past Reading on Sunday as their Men's EHL Championship hopes continued.

Ashley Jackson scored a hat-trick, Danny Hall scored two and others came from Adam Harper, Mark Gleghorne and Andrew Piper as they despatched of Reading, who only had a Richard Mantell goal to show for their efforts.

And in the day's other Championship clash, Beeston won 3-2 over Surbiton, goals coming from Carl Smith, Stephen Lawrence and Chris Gregg.

Twenty four hours earlier Reading had notched up a 3-1 win over Beeston to book their spot against East Grinstead on Sunday.

Simon Mantell, Reading, 500

Despite finishing third and behind Beeston in the league table, Reading put on a strong showing against their rivals and were two-nil ahead at the break with Simon Mantell (pictured above) scoring from open play after just seven minutes , while his brother Richard added a second on 15 minutes from a penalty corner.

While Beeston pulled one back on 59 minutes through Martin Jones, Reading made sure of the win with Jonty Clarke scoring from a penalty stroke on 67 minutes.

Despite finishing fifth and behind their rivals Cannock in the league, Surbiton beat them 5-3 in the Championship clash on Saturday.

Phil Messent and James Tindall scored in the first half for Surbiton, while for Cannock Ross Hayward pulled one back on 31 minutes to narrow the deficit to 1-2 at the break.

Tim Pinnock scored on 48 minutes to extend Surbiton’s lead, Tindall’s second came four minutes later to make the scoreline 1-4, and then Fergus Dunn added their final goal a minute later to notch the score to 1-5.

Ross Hayward and Dave Harris netted on 60 and 66 minutes respectively, but their goals came too late and Surbiton held on for the win.

In the Men’s promotion tournament, Canterbury won 5-3 over Team Bath Buccaneers.

They were 3-1 ahead at half time with David Mathews, Martin Sutherland and Huw Stevens scoring their goals, while Jonny Kinder bagged Bath’s lone goal.

After the break Tim Davenport made it 2-3 with a goal for Bath, and Matthew Burton-Bowen and Phil Ball traded goals on 57 and 58 minutes to make it 3-4 and set up a thrilling finale. Michael Farrer scored in the penultimate minute for Canterbury to seal the win.

And in the relegation play-offs, Bromley and Beckenham won 5-3 over Barford Tigers, with Nick Bluett and Ben Jones both scoring twice, while Ben Allberry netted the other.