Comeback win for Wimbledon

Phil Roper of Wimbledon makes a break against Brooklands, Oct 19 2014, credit Mark Henderson - 450


Wimbledon came from 2-0 down to clinch a dramatic 3-2 victory over Brooklands Manchester University in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Goals from Phil Roper, Jonny Kinder and Phil Ball steered Wimbledon to a 3-2 win. Despite Peter Flanagan scoring two for Brooklands, it wasn’t enough for victory.

Free-scoring East Grinstead still lead the table on goal difference and scored a hatful again in their 6-3 win over Hampstead and Westminster.

They are tied on 15 points with second-placed Surbiton but have a game in hand and their latest victory makes it five wins in five games.

Mark Gleghorne and Tony Wilson scored two each with Gleghorne opening their scoring in the seventh minute and rounding it off in the 67th. Rhys Smith and Chris Griffiths scored the other goals.

Surbiton did their bit to keep the pressure on at the top, coming through a tough nine-goal thriller to beat Canterbury 5-4. Matt Daly was Surbiton’s star man, scoring four.

Beeston had to come from behind to win their game against Reading. Two early John Jackson strikes gave Reading a two-goal cushion but a brace from Paul Spies and a third Beeston goal from Adam Dixon saw them win 3-2.

In the other game, Southgate drew 1-1 with Cannock. John Sterlini broke the deadlock in the 21st minute but Arjan Drayton Chana replied 12 minutes later.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Conference West

Two goals from Shaun Baker kept Team Bath Buccaneers at the top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Conference West as they beat University of Birmingham 2-1.

Cardiff and Met have scored 36 goals in six games this season and they had too much for Guildford who they beat 3-1.

Cheltenham leapfrogged Fareham to go third after beating them 3-2. William Millar, Sam Carter and James Astley scored their goals.

Barford Tigers beat University of Exeter 3-1 with Jakub Korytak grabbing a brace and a single Jagdeep Gill goal was enough to hand Indian Gymkhana a 1-0 victory over Whitchurch.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Conference North

Joe Morrison bagged a hat-trick and Alex Kerly added two twice as Doncaster beat Deeside Ramblers 8-3 in a thrilling encounter in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Conference North. Their keeper, David Overton also saved a penalty stroke to deny Umer Bhutta.

There were goals galore in other games with Leek beating Wakefield 6-2 and Loughborough Students beating Belper 5-0 in their own back yard. Tom Le Lievre scored two.

Another player finding the target twice was Ben White who led the scoring in league leading Bowdon’s 5-3 win over University of Durham. Olton and West Warwicks beat Sheffield Hallam 3-1 to go second.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Conference East

Holcombe are looking unstoppable in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Conference East and are already six points clear at the top with a big goal difference. That was topped up by their 7-1 defeat of Teddington with Richard Lane scoring twice.

Chichester Park Priory started their campaign well but came undone against West Herts, losing 5-1. They still remain in second place.

Brighton and Hove also took a 5-1 win, beating Oxted. The result moves Brighton up to fourth and sends Oxted plummeting to the bottom.

Old Loughtonians got their first points on the board with a 1-0 win against Richmond and Cambridge City beat Bromley and Beckenham 3-1.

* The above photo shows Phil Roper of Wimbledon, who scored to help his side to a 3-2 comeback win over Brooklands Manchester Univ. Credit: Matt Henderson.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 19 2014):

NOW: Pensions Men's Premier Division: Surbiton 5, Canterbury 4; Hampstead and Westminster 3, East Grinstead 6; Wimbledon 3, Brooklands Manchester University 2; Southgate 1, Cannock 1; Reading 2, Beeston 3.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference West: Cheltenham 3, Fareham 2; University of Birmingham 1, Team Bath Buccaneers 2; Cardiff and Met 3, Guildford 1; Indian Gymkhana 1, Whitchurch 0; University of Exeter 1, Barford Tigers 3.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference North: Sheffield Hallam 1, Olton and West Warwicks 3; Belper 0, Loughborough Students 5; Doncaster 8, Deeside Ramblers 3; Leek 6, Wakefield 2; Bowdon 5, University of Durham 3.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Cambridge City 3, Bromley and Beckenham 1; Teddington 1, Holcombe 7; Brighton and Hove 5, Oxted 1; Brighton and Hove 5, Oxted 1; Chichester Priory Park 1, West Herts 5; Richmond 0, Old Loughtonians 1.