Brooklands beat Beeston Men

Beeston men's team coaches, Sept 2012 - 450

BEESTON dropped their first points of the season when the Men’s Premier Division leaders were beaten 3-2 at Brooklands Manchester University on Sunday.

Still top of the table, Beeston’s lead is now three points after a dramatic game – and on a day of drama across the league.

It looked to be business as usual for Beeston when they were award a penalty stroke and Simon Egerton stepped up to take it. But Brooklands keeper Chris Scott made a fantastic save to keep the game scoreless.

A double from Charlie Brooke and a goal from Phil Dutoy were enough for Brooklands to take the win 3-2.

Bottom club Surbiton earned a draw against Hampstead and Westminster. After 65 minutes Hampstead were leading 2-1, but lost keeper Ian Scanlon to a yellow card and Tim Pinnock went on to equalise for Surbiton.

Canterbury could have gone level on points with Beeston but also suffered a shock loss to Southgate thanks to goals from Dan Shingles and Simeon Bird.

Cannock were leading East Grinstead 3-0 after two Dave Harris penalty strokes gave them the advantage. But Rick Gay led an East Grinstead fight back with two goals and they ended up winning 5-3. In the other premier game of the day, Reading and Loughborough Students drew 2-2.

Bowdon led the Men’s Hockey League Conference North at the start of the day but Sheffield Hallam beat them 3-1 to leapfrog into first place.

The Conference West is tight at the top at the moment but Exeter sit in first place on goal difference after their 1-1 draw with Havant. In the Conference East, Holcombe went top with a 4-0 win over Richmond.