TWO goals from Carl Smith helped Beeston return to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Reading on Saturday. His brace helped keep them at the top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division following their first defeat of the season seven days earlier.
Elsewhere, second half doubles from Dave Harris and Ross Hayward saw Cannock beat Canterbury 6-2.
A quickfire brace from Isaac O’Connor had given Canterbury the edge in the early exchanges but Nick Bandurak and Will Hearne levelled things for Cannock before the break.
But it was all Cannock in the second half as Harris and Hayward showed no mercy in front of goal. Canterbury maintain second place in the table and Cannock are still third but they have closed the gap to two points.
Johnny Ruiz stunned the crowd watching the Surbiton versus Brooklands match when his 53rd minute strike ripped a hole in the net, such was the force of his shot.
There had already been drama early on as Brooklands’ Chris Scott saved a penalty stroke from Alex Penney after 16 minutes.
But Surbiton created chances aplenty and went on to win 4-1 as goals from Tim Pinnock, Rob Schilling and Team GB star James Tindall added to Ruiz’s rocket.
A neck injury suffered by Hampstead and Westminster’s Glenn Webster caused a lengthy break in play whilst he received treatment and was taken to hospital. But his team went on to beat Loughborough Students 3-2 thanks to a second half brace from Will Naylor.
East Grinstead moved up to fourth as goals from Andrew Piper, Matt Cox and Adam Jordan saw them run out 3-1 winners over Southgate who are still rooted to the bottom of the table.
In the Men’s Hockey League Conference North, Ben White hit a stunning hat-trick to help Leek beat Preston and move up to third in the table. Sheffield Hallam remain top after their latest win – a 2-1 victory over University of Durham.
Guildford lead the Men’s Hockey League Conference West on goal difference. They are ten goals better off and it’s easy to see why as Craig Mullon, Jonathan Haynes and William Blockley were all on target in their 3-1 win over University of Birmingham.
Meanwhile, Tim Davenport pushed Team Bath Buccaneers up to third with a hat-trick in their 5-0 win over Fareham.
Men’s Hockey League results (November 17 2012):
Premier Division: Beeston 4, Reading 1; Canterbury 2, Cannock 6; East Grinstead 3, Southgate 1; Loughborough Students MHC 2, Hampstead and Westminster 3; Surbiton 4, Brooklands MU 1.
Conference East: Bromley and Beckenham 2, Oxted 3; Cambridge City 4, Wimbledon 3; City of Peterborough 2, Richmond 2. Late Results: Holcombe v Old Loughtonians, Indian Gymkhana v Teddington.
Conference North: Bowdon 1, Belper 0; Doncaster 3, Wakefield 3; Olton & West Warwicks 1, Khalsa (Warks) 2; Preston 1, Leek 5; University of Durham 1, Sheffield Hallam 2.
Conference West: Cardiff & UWIC 2, University of Exeter 1; Cheltenham 4, Bristol Firebrands 2; Havant 0, Whitchurch 1; Team Bath Buccaneers 5, Fareham 0; University of Birmingham 1, Guildford 3.