Beeston battle to fourth win to maintain perfect start

Harry Martin Beeston Oct 2013-450

BEESTON made it four from four to maintain their lead at the top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division with a 3-2 win over Surbiton on Sunday.

James Blackwell swept the ball home for Beeston’s first 11 minutes in and Olympian Harry Martin (pictured) doubled the lead on 19 minutes.

Michael Watt pulled one back for the visitors but Gareth Hall scored Beeston’s third on 52 minutes. Alan Forsyth netted for Surbiton with ten minutes to go but Beeston held their nerve to take the points.

East Grinstead go second after a 3-2 win over hosts Hampstead and Westminster. Level at 2-2 with six minutes left, an own goal in the 64th minute decided the match. Paramveer Bhangu and Neil Hamilton were the scorers for Hampstead with Ricky Fraser and Mark Pearn on target for East Grinstead.

Cannock beat Canterbury 6-4 in an exciting clash game of the day. Cannock dominated the game early for the first hour with Nick Bandurak, Hardeep Singh Jawanda, Andrew Appleton and Pete Jackson all on target.

Michael Farrer hit back for Canterbury but Cannock went 5-1 up through an own goal.

Canterbury went for broke and pulled their keeper off, and the tactic worked as Liam Foster, Michael Farrer and Ali Bray all netted for Canterbury to make it 5-4. But a penalty stroke converted by Peter Jackson in the final minute put the game to bed.

Sheffield Hallam recorded their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Loughborough Students. Gareth Furlong scored twice and Gavin Byers was also on target for the Yorkshire side.

Second half goals from Jonty Clarke and Richard Mantell saw Reading beat Wimbledon 2-0.

Southgate still lead the NOW: Pensions Conference East after beating Richmond 3-1. A brace from Rick Gay and a goal from Simeon Bird helped them keep their 100 per cent start.

Goals from Tom Bachelor and Jack Curd handed leaders University of Durham a 2-1 win over Leek in the NOW: Pensions Conference North, allowing them to keep their 100 per cent record.

In the NOW: Pensions Conference West Cardiff and Met are still top despite only managing a draw against University of Birmingham. Mark Whatling and Robin Lovegrove were on target for the Welsh side.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (October 6 2013):

NOW: Pensions Men's Premier Division: Beeston 3, Surbiton 2; Cannock 6, Canterbury 4; Hampstead and Westminster 2, East Grinstead 3; Loughborough Students 1, Sheffield Hallam 3; Wimbledon 0, Reading 2.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Brighton and Hove 1, St. Albans 2; Cambridge City 7, Oxted 1; Old Loughtonians 1, Bromley and Beckenham 1; Southgate 3, Richmond 1; Teddington 3, Holcombe 2.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference North: Belper 1, Brooklands MU 2; Bowdon 3, Khalsa (Warks) 3; Deeside Ramblers 3, West Bridgford 3; Olton & West Warwicks 2, Wakefield 0; University of Durham 2, Leek 1.

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