Ward goals help Beeston win

Beeston's Will Byas goes past the tackles of Charlie Rookes and Matt Coombes of Southgate.  15 November 2014. Photo Simon Parker - 450

Sam Ward was on target twice as Beeston tightened their grip on third place in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division with a 5-0 victory away to Southgate.

Gordon McIntyre, Richard Lawrence and James Gall were also on the score sheet in an impressive performance.

Wimbledon staged a superb comeback to score a 4-1 win over second-placed Surbiton.

Having fallen behind to a Matt Daly strike on 15 minutes, Wimbledon rallied and a brace from Phil Ball, along with goals from Phil Roper and Jack Waller, saw them complete the feat.

East Grinstead beat Canterbury 4-0, with goals coming from Mark Gleghorne (2), Andy Piper and Glen Kirkham.

Brooklands Manchester University followed up their first win of the season last week with another on the road to Hampstead and Westminster. David Flanagan scored the only goal on 20 minutes to clinch the win.

Reading’s game at home to Cannock had to be abandoned at half time due to poor visibility. Tom Carson had given them the lead on 14 minutes but officials decided that the fog was too dense to continue.

NOW: Pensions Conference West

Team Bath Buccaneers’ game against Barford Tigers in the NOW: Pensions Conference West was postponed due to thick fog making for very poor visibility.

Cardiff and Met made the most of the opportunity to go top by beating Fareham 4-2 with goals from Liam Brignull, Dan Kyriakides, Rhys Gowman and James Carson. James Gabriel hot two in Guildford’s 5-1 win over Indian Gymkhana.

University of Birmingham hosted rock bottom club Whitchurch and recorded a resounding 5-0 win with Sam French and David Fernie both notching a brace. Cheltenham and University of Exeter played out a 1-1 draw. The point lifts Exeter out of the bottom two at Indian Gymkhana’s expense.

NOW: Pensions Conference North

Sheffield Hallam moved up to second in the NOW: Pensions Conference North with a stunning 9-3 defeat of Yorkshire rivals Wakefield. Liam Ansell was the star once again, scoring six of his side’s goals.

Bowdon stay top after also putting in a strong performance, beating Olton and West Warwickshire 7-3. Their star man was Simon Egerton, scoring a hat-trick.

The bottom two sides, Leek and Belper, met and it was Belper who emerged victorious with their first win of the campaign. Matthew Hickman scored three goals on the way to the win.

In the other games, Doncaster beat University of Durham 5-1 and Deeside Ramblers defeated Loughborough Students 3-1.

NOW: Pensions Conference East

Oxted caused an upset in the NOW: Pensions Conference East with a 5-3 victory over high-flying Chichester Priory Park. Chris Coleman scored four goals for Oxted in what was only their second win of the season.

Bromley and Beckenham made the most of Chichester’s slip-up with their 4-1 defeat of Richmond moving them up into second place. After falling behind in the 12th minute, the home side picked themselves up to score without response in the second half.

Old Loughtonians are still bottom despite recording their second win of the season, a 3-1 defeat of Cambridge City.

West Herts and Teddington drew 2-2. It looked as though goals from Neal Dolphin and Max Webster would be enough for West Herts to take victory but Andrew Pett struck the equaliser with six minutes remaining.

And in the evening match, Holcombe beat Brighton and Hove 4-1 with James Stedman scoring twice.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 15 2014):

NOW: Pensions Premier Division: Hampstead and Westminster 0, Brooklands Manchester University 1; Southgate 0, Beeston 5; Reading A, Cannock A; Surbiton 1, Wimbledon 4; East Grinstead 4, Canterbury 0.

NOW: Pensions Conference West: Cheltenham 1, University of Exeter 1; University of Birmingham 5, Whitchurch 0; Team Bath Buccaneers P, Barford Tigers P; Guildford 5, Indian Gymkhana 1; Cardiff and Met 4, Fareham 2.

NOW: Pensions Conference North: Sheffield Hallam 9, Wakefield 3; Olton and West Warwickshire 3, Bowdon 7; Leek 3, Belper 5; Doncaster 5, University of Durham 1; Loughborough Students 1, Deeside Ramblers 3.

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