East Grinstead out of Euro Hockey League

Andy Piper takes a tumble during EHL action in Barcelona


East Grinstead's European hopes are over for the season after they were narrowly beaten by Dutch side Kampong on Saturday.

Having seen off the challenge of Russian outfit Dinamo Stroitel on Friday, the
defeat against Kampong left them hoping for a favour from the Russians, but the Dutch masters made no mistake, winning 7-0 to take the only qualification spot from the group.

In Friday's opening game, Artem Dryanitsyn, Linar Fattakhov and Dmitry Volkov put Stroitel into the lead, however a brace from Mark Gleghorne and further goals from Wesley Jackson and Simon Faulkner gave East Grinstead a hard-earned win and the all important points.

That left them needing a positive result against Kampong on the Saturday. Gleghorne struck again to give East Grinstead a first half lead which was cancelled out by Robbert Kemperman's goal. Gleghorne then applied the finish to a lovely team move to make it 2-1 before the floodlights went out with 14 minutes to go. The teams returned after a break and Martijn Havenga netted a penalty stroke to level the scores. In the final minute, Pepijn Luijkx crossed for Constantijn Jonker to deflect into the roof of the net to break East Grinstead hearts.

Kampong made sure of their passage with a dominat display to rout Stroitel 7-0 on the Sunday. The other qualifiers from the round 1 games were SV Arminen of Austria, Royal Daring of Belgium and German outfit Rot-Weiss Koln.

The KO16/Final4 competition takes place at Easter at Bloemendaal. Beeston will be England's sole representatives after they received a bye to the last 16 due to winning the NOW: Pensions Championship Playoffs last season. You can see all the details on the Euro Hockey League website.