Hampstead hold Beeston to a draw

Sam Dixon, Beeston, 450

Hampstead and Westminster produced a shock result as they held runaway leaders Beeston to a 1-1 draw in the Men’s Premier Division on Sunday.

Hotshot Sam Dixon had put Beeston ahead, but Tom Kavanagh pounced early in the second half to tie the game.

After winning the Maxifuel Super Sixes Championship, East Grinstead were hoping to take their indoor form outdoors on their return to league action.

But it didn’t go their way for the first 44 minutes, as Brooklands went two up through Nick Giles and Peter Flanagan. However, spurred on by a Glenn Kirkham penalty corner in the 49th minute, East Grinstead turned things round and ran out 2-5 victors.

Loughborough Students moved to within three points of second-placed Canterbury after beating them 6-5.

Loughborough looked home and dry as they led 6-3 with seven minutes remaining. But Canterbury brought on a kicking back and it nearly paid off when goals from Liam Foster and Nat Joy left them just one shy of their opponents.

Cannock still occupy the fourth play-off spot despite losing 2-1 to Reading - although they only have a point over both Reading and Surbiton.

Surbiton faced strugglers Southgate and eased to a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Tom Merchant and James Tindall.

Bowdon still top the EHL Men’s Conference North after a routine 2-0 win over Wakefield. Sheffield Hallam cemented their top four status with a stunning 6-1 win over Khalsa as Phil Roper hit three goals from penalty corners in the last 13 minutes.

In the Conference East, Holcombe still lead after a 6-1 demolition of Cambridge City. After racing to a three goal lead inside 10 minutes, James Steadman went on to hit a hat-trick.

Guildford are the new leaders of the Conference West on goal difference after a 3-0 win over Cheltenham as Cardiff could only muster a 2-2 draw University of Birmingham.

Men’s Hockey League (February 10 2013):

Premier Division: Beeston 1, Hampstead and Westminster 1; Brooklands MU 2, East Grinstead 5; Loughborough Students MHC 6, Canterbury 5; Reading 2, Cannock 1; Surbiton 3, Southgate 0.

Conference East: City of Peterborough 3, Old Loughtonians 2; Holcombe 6, Cambridge City 1; Indian Gymkhana 4, Oxted 3; Richmond 3, Wimbledon 5; Teddington 3, Bromley and Beckenham 2.

Conference North: Bowdon 2, Wakefield 0; Doncaster 1, University of Durham 4; Khalsa (Warks) 1, Sheffield Hallam 6; Leek 1, Belper 1; Olton & West Warwicks 3, Preston 0.

Conference West: Guildford 3, Cheltenham 1; Team Bath Buccaneers 1, Havant 0; University of Birmingham 2, Cardiff & UWIC 2; University of Exeter 3, Fareham 1; Whitchurch 2, Bristol Firebrands 1.