Beeston continue winning start

David Ames, right, 450

Beeston continued their excellent start to their Men’s Hockey League Premier Division campaign with a 5-1 victory over Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday.

Hampstead got off to a steady start and managed to keep Beeston from scoring until David Ames (pictured, right) found the net after 25 minutes. Harry Martin added a second ten minutes later and the score was 2-0 at half time.

But minutes after the restart, Ben Arnold chipped in with a third and Martin Jones scored a fourth. By the time Michael Wark hit back for Hampstead in the 65th minute, the result was already a foregone conclusion but it looked as though the match would be something of a rarity – a Beeston win without a Simon Egerton goal.

But then on the 66th minute, the prolific hit-man added another to his impressive tally and keep his team at the top of the table.

Southgate and Surbiton went to toe to toe elsewhere in the league and thrashed out an exhilarating 4-4 draw. Alex Penney and James Tindall hit a brace each to take a point for Surbiton.

Canterbury were in irresistible form as they hit Loughborough for six – cruising to a 6-0 win to stay second. Reigning champions Reading were held to a 1-1 draw away to Cannock.

Guildford had won all of their games so far in the Men’s Hockey League Conference West but they came up against an unbeaten Cheltenham team today.

The spoils were shared and both teams remained unbeaten as the game was drawn 1-1. A Duncan Marsh penalty stroke after 16 minutes gave Guildford the lead and it looked like they might hold on until Will Pierce popped up to equalise with just minutes remaining.

Gareth Carr is unstoppable at the moment and he showed his form again today as he hit four goals in Holcombe’s 5-3 win over Cambridge City in the Men’s Hockey League Conference East. He is now the top scorer in the league with seven goals and his side sit top of the table on seven points.

In the Men’s Hockey League Conference North, Belper continued their 100% start to the season with a four-goal whitewash of Preston. But Preston look in trouble already as they still search for their first point of the season, rock bottom of the table.

And in the day’s late game, Brooklands MU secured a 3-1 win over hosts East Grinstead, with Mark Bateman, Sam French and Charlie Brooke scoring their goals.