Ward brace helps Beeston to NOW: Pensions victory

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CHAMPIONS Beeston ran out 3-1 winners over East Grinstead to depose the Sussex side at the top of the Premier Division table in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League.

In-form Sam Ward (pictured) bagged another two goals for Beeston in the win, after Richard Lawrence had given them the lead from a penalty corner on 19 minutes.

Ward scored on 43 and 57 minutes – both from open play – before East Grinstead’s Ashley Jackson scored a consolation goal from a corner in the final minute.

Canterbury scored their first win of the season, beating Loughborough Students 4-1.

After Liam Foster’s early goal, Mickel Pierre scored twice, while Isaac O’Connor was also on target.

Reading notched their second win from three games as they beat Cannock 5-2, with all the goals coming in the first half before both sides defended strongly for the rest of the match.

Sheffield Hallam lost 2-0 to Hampstead and Westminster with the South Yorkshire side still adapting to life in the top flight. Richard Bond and Neil Hamilton scored the winning goals.

In the NOW: Pensions Conference West, Cardiff and Met are the only side still unbeaten after they won 5-0 at Team Bath Buccaneers. Mark Whatling scored two in the victory.

Chris Seddon hit four goals for Teddington as they beat St Albans 10-0 in the NOW: Pensions Conference East to secure their first league win of the season.

And in the NOW: Pensions Conference North, Bowdon and University of Durham both kept their 100 per cent records. University of Durham beat Brooklands 2-1, while Bowdon defeated West Bridgford 4-2.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (September 28 2013):

NOW: Pensions Premier Division: Canterbury 4, Loughborough Students 1; East Grinstead 1, Beeston 3; Reading 5, Cannock 2; Sheffield Hallam 0, Hampstead and Westminster 2; Surbiton 2, Wimbledon 2.

NOW: Pensions Conference East: Bromley and Beckenham 2, Oxted 3; Holcombe 4, Brighton and Hove 1; Richmond 4, Old Loughtonians 4; Southgate 2, Cambridge City 0; St Albans 0, Teddington 10.

NOW: Pensions Conference North: Brooklands MU 1, University of Durham 2; Deeside Ramblers 2, Belper 2; Leek 2, Olton & West Warwicks 5; Wakefield 4, Khalsa (Warks) 3; West Bridgford 2, Bowdon 4.

NOW: Pensions Conference West: Fareham 1, Havant 1; Indian Gymkhana 4, Isca 3; Team Bath Buccaneers 0, Cardiff & Met 5; University of Birmingham 2, Guildford 0; University of Exeter 1, Cheltenham 2.