Sam Ward leads Beeston to victory

Beeston Sam Ward scores 450

UNBEATEN Beeston notched up yet another victory in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division when they beat Hampstead and Westminster 6-3 on Saturday.

Sam Ward led the scoring for Beeston with a hat-trick and Adam Dixon was also firing on all cylinders, notching a brace.

With Beeston five goals up and cruising, Hampstead struck back in the 57th minute through Oliver Didham. James Blackwell soon restored Beeston’s five-goal lead but Hampstead made a fight of it in the closing stages with Neil Hamilton and Callum Stoddart scoring late on.

East Grinstead continued their good start to the season with a 4-2 win over Cannock, but they had to fight back from behind.

Dave Beckett opened the scoring for Cannock on six minutes, but East Grinstead found their way back into the game shortly after as Luke Taylor cracked in a shot from a penalty corner. Niall Stott and Ashley Jackson added two more for East Grinstead to make it 3-1 before Nick Bandurak pulled one back for Cannock.

But it was comfortable for East Grinstead in the end as Mark Pearn made it 4-2 with minutes remaining.

Liam Foster pushed Canterbury up to fifth place with his hat-trick helping his side to a 5-1 win over Surbiton. Andy Sutherland and Isaac O’Conner scored the other goals.

Despite beating Loughborough Students 2-1, Wimbledon remain seventh in the table. Ben Hawes and Phil Roper found the target for them as Oliver Ward grabbed a consolation for Loughborough.

Southgate lead the NOW: Pensions Conference East after a 2-0 win over Oxted with goals coming from Callum Burden and George Scott. But Holcombe are still pushing them hard in second place, three points behind with a game in hand.

Brooklands are now just a point behind University of Durham at the top of the NOW: Pensions Conference North and they have a superior goal difference after scoring eight past Leek.

David Flanagan, Peter Flanagan, James Riddell, Peter Friend, Aiden Khares, Oliver Clements and Kavaldeep Jabbal all found the net.

Team Bath Buccaneers knocked Cardiff and Met off the top of the NOW: Pensions Conference West as goals from Tim Davenport, Ben Carless and Will Seward saw them beat Indian Gymkhana 3-1. Cardiff could only manage a 2-2 draw at Fareham but have a game in hand over Bath.

* Bromley & Beckenham have been penalised for fielding an ineligible player in their matches against Old Loughtonians and Cambridge City on 6 & 12 October which they drew and won respectively. The player concerned is Peter Dobson who had previously played in Australia whilst still registered with Bromley & Beckenham. The club have been deducted the four points earned in the two games and have also been fined £50. The club may appeal against the decision. The player has now been re-registered in line with NPMHL regulations.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 26 2013):

NOW: Pensions Men's Premier Division: Canterbury 5, Surbiton 1; East Grinstead 4, Cannock 2; Hampstead and Westminster 3, Beeston 6; Loughborough Students 1, Wimbledon 2.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Brighton and Hove 1, Richmond 1; Holcombe 2, Bromley and Beckenham 1; Oxted 0, Southgate 2; St. Albans 0, Old Loughtonians 2; Teddington 5, Cambridge City 2.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference North: Brooklands MU 8, Leek 2; Khalsa (Warks) 4, Deeside Ramblers 2; Olton & West Warwicks 2, Bowdon 1; University of Durham 4, Belper 1; Wakefield 5, West Bridgford 4.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference West: Fareham 2, Cardiff & Met 2; Guildford 2, Havant 0; Indian Gymkhana 1, Team Bath Buccaneers 3; University of Birmingham 6, Cheltenham 2.