Tindall hat-trick as Surbiton beat Canterbury

James Tindall applauds the crowd

A hat-trick from Great Britain and England ace James Tindall helped Surbiton beat hosts Canterbury in the Men’s Premier Division, and climb into contention for the end of season play-offs.

Tindall (pictured) struck three times before the break to put his side 3-0 ahead, and although second-placed Canterbury pulled back two through Kwan Browne and Michael Farrer, the visitors held on for a win which moves them up from fifth to fourth.

Also moving up the table were Cannock, whose 5-3 home win over Loughborough Students lifted them to third, while Loughborough dropped down to sixth.

Dan Coultas struck twice for Cannock, while other goals came from Alex Edmonstone, Dave Harris and Dave Beckett.

Reading moved up to fifth following their 3-2 win over hosts Southgate, their goals coming from Tom Carson, Craig Peel and an own goal.

In Saturday’s Premier Division action, Southgate gave their hopes of avoiding a relegation battle a much needed shot in the arm with a 4-2 win at Hampstead and Westminster.

But on Sunday, Hampstead and Westminster bounced back with a 2-1 win over Brooklands MU.

In the Men’s Conference East Oxted secured an emphatic 8-4 win over Richmond to move up to third in the table. Lorne Barnard scored a hat-trick in their win.

And on Saturday, Wimbledon beat Holcombe 4-2 to leapfrog them at the top of the table.

Second-placed University of Exeter kept the pressure on leaders Guildford in the Men’s Conference West, beating hosts Cheltenham 8-1, while Guildford also won away from home, 3-0 at Fareham.

And in the Men’s Conference North Sheffield Hallam ran out 6-4 winners over South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster to maintain second spot, while leaders Bowdon won 3-0 at Preston.

Men’s Hockey League (February 17 2013):

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

Conference East: Bromley and Beckenham 1, City of Peterborough 1; Cambridge City 1, Indian Gymkhana 5; Old Loughtonians 3, Teddington 3; Oxted 8, Richmond 4.

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

Conference West: Bristol Firebrands 0, Team Bath Buccaneers 3; Cheltenham 1, University of Exeter 8; Fareham 0, Guildford 3; Havant 3, University of Birmingham 0.