Beeston edge to victory in 12-goal thriller

Sam Dixon, Beeston, 450

Two goals each from Carl Smith, Craig Boyne and Sam Dixon helped Beeston score a thrilling 7-5 victory over hosts Canterbury in the Men’s Hockey League on Sunday.

The game was full of incident with Beeston having keeper Ashley Watson to thank for a fantastic stick save from a penalty stroke.

The battle between first and second in the table was 4-4 at half time. But in the second half, it was leaders Beeston who went on to edge proceedings and fire their way to their tenth league win of the season.

Dave Harris notched his fourth penalty stroke of the season to put Cannock ahead in their game against Brooklands MU but Charlie Brooke hit back to win a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

Andy Bull secured a point for Loughborough Students with a 59th minute strike in their tie at home to Surbiton.

Bull had already levelled the scores at 1-1 but with Team GB’s Rob Moore striking back immediately for Surbiton, Loughborough had to battle back once again.

Reading climbed to fifth after a 3-0 defeat of East Grinstead who are struggling this season and now drop to seventh. The goals came from Richard Mantell, Richard Springham and Tom Carson.

Hampstead and Westminster had their game against Southgate postponed because of a frozen pitch.

Men’s Hockey League (December 2 2012):

Men's Premier Division: Canterbury 5, Beeston 7; East Grinstead 0, Reading 3; Loughborough Students 2, Surbiton 2; Cannock 1, Brooklands MU 1. Postponed: Hampstead & Westminster.