Brooklands MU shock Reading

Brooklands MU captain Peter Flanagan celebrates, Credit Mark Henderson - 450

BROOKLANDS Manchester University staged a superb comeback from four-nil down to beat Reading 5-4 and earn their first victory of the season in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

A brace from Ben Boon and further goals from Dan Shingles and Jack Clee saw Reading race into a four-goal lead inside 15 minutes.

But Brooklands turned it around with goals from Stefan Ray-Hills, Peter Flanagan, Oliver Clarke and Phil Dutoy to draw level.

Then, on 55 minutes, Peter Flanagan thrashed home a penalty stroke to complete the turnaround and lift the team off the bottom of the table.

Surbiton also put on a fine display as they beat Cannock 6-1 to move to the top of the league with Rupert Shipperley and Chris Grassick both scoring a brace.

East Grinstead are now second on goal difference but also took three points as strikes from Chris Griffiths, Mark Pearn and Ashley Jackson saw them to a 3-2 win on the road to Beeston.

Phil Roper almost scored a hat-trick as Wimbledon secured a 5-0 win over Canterbury. Roper missed a penalty stroke after four minutes but quickly put it behind him, going on to score twice and leave Canterbury bottom of the table.

A single goal was all that was needed for Hampstead and Westminster to seal victory as Richard Alexander’s 62nd minute strike from a penalty corner saw them beat Southgate 1-0.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Conference West

Cardiff and Met continued their good form as they beat Barford Tigers 6-1 in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Conference West.

Liam Brignull was their star man and scored a hat-trick, while James Carson also made a significant contribution with two well-taken goals.

Team Bath Buccaneers are still top of the table after a 4-1 win on the road against University of Exeter. Fareham are another team that travelled well, returning from Whitchurch with a 4-0 win.

Cheltenham beat Guildford 3-1 at home and Sam French hit a hat-trick as University of Birmingham beat Indian Gymkhana 3-2.

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Greg Moorhouse hammered in four goals as Wakefield beat Deeside Ramblers 7-3 in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Conference West.

Deeside’s Ali Ghazanfar can count himself unlucky to be on the losing side after scoring all of his side’s goals.

Top played bottom as league leaders Bowdon travelled to Belper but it was a tough game for them and they had to rely on a single Simon Egerton goal to give them the points.

Doncaster also won on the road, beating Leek 4-1, and University of Durham drew 2-2 with Olton and West Warwickshire.

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There were goals galore in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Conference East with 26 being scored across the five games.

Leaders Holcombe made it eight wins from eight games with a 5-1 win over second-placed Chichester Priory Park. Iain Lewers, Stephane Vehrle-Smith, James Kitcherside, Robert Field and Gareth Andrew all got their names on the score sheet.

Dafydd Charles was the hat-trick hero as Oxted moved off the bottom with a 6-3 defeat of Old Loughtonians who now replace them at the foot of the table.

Dan Webster also found the goal three times as West Herts beat Richmond 4-2. Elsewhere, James Allberry and Euan Gilmore scored two each in Cambridge City’s 5-2 defeat of Teddington. Bromley and Beckenham beat Brighton and Hove 3-1.

* The above file photo shows Brooklands Manchester University captain David Flanagan celebrating. Credit: Mark Henderson.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 9 2014):

NOW: Pensions Men's Premier Division: Beeston 2, East Grinstead 3; Wimbledon 5, Canterbury 0; Brooklands Manchester University 5, Reading 4; Hampstead and Westminster 1, Southgate 0; Cannock 1, Surbiton 6.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference West: Cheltenham 3, Guildford 1; University of Exeter 1, Team Bath Buccaneers 4; Whitchurch 0, Fareham 4; Barford Tigers 1, Cardiff and Met 6; Indian Gymkhana 2, University of Birmingham 3.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference North: Deeside Ramblers 3, Wakefield 7; Leek 1, Doncaster 4; Loughborough Students 1, Sheffield Hallam 2; University of Durham 2, Olton and West Warwickshire 2; Belper 0, Bowdon 1.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Teddington 2, Cambridge City 5; Oxted 6, Old Loughtonians 3; Brighton and Hove 1, Bromley and Beckenham 3; Chichester Priory Park 1, Holcombe 5; Richmond 2, West Herts 4.