Surbiton close the gap on leaders EG

Surbiton's Alan Forsyth celebrates a goal against Beeston, Sept 27 2014, credit Peter Savage - 450


Second-placed Surbiton closed the gap on leaders East Grinstead when they secured a 2-0 win at Reading in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Premier Division on Sunday.

With table-topping East Grinstead being held to a 2-2 draw by Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday evening, Surbiton took full advantage by taking a win which sees them narrow the gap to just one point.

After a goalless first period, Matt Daly and Alan Forsyth struck the crucial goals on 39 and 63 minutes to take the win.

Canterbury slumped to their tenth league defeat of the season, losing 2-0 to Beeston at home. James Gall and Richard Lawrence both struck in the first half to push their team up to third.

Cannock moved up to sixth after beating Brooklands Manchester University 2-1 away from home. Jethro Eustice and Dave Harris scored their goals.

East Grinstead dropped points for only the second time this season after being pegged back to a 2-2 draw by Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday evening.

The league leaders looked to be heading for a routine win after Ashley Jackson gave them the lead in the ninth minute and then David Condon added a second.

But Hampstead and Westminster rallied and just a minute into the second half, they pulled one back through Will Naylor and with seven minutes remaining they found an equaliser as Matt Botha guided the ball in from a penalty corner.

In the other game to take place on Saturday night, Wimbledon condemned Southgate to their seventh defeat as a brace from Declan Spencer and goals from Steven Ebbers and Johnny Kinder saw them win 4-1.

NOW: Pensions Conference East

Holcombe dropped their first points of the season as they drew 5-5 with Oxted in the NOW: Pensions Conference East.

Oxted, who started the day bottom of the league fought back from 4-0 down to secure the point.

Bromley and Beckenham beat West Herts 3-0 and goals from James Jewell and Andrew Macgregor saw Old Loughtonians to a 2-1 victory over Brighton and Hove.

Chichester Priory switched places with Cambridge City in the league by beating them 6-3. They are now third and Cambridge drop to fourth. Richard Blackley was among the goals, scoring two for Chichester.

Richmond rescued a point against Teddington with Josh Smith scoring two late goals to make it 2-2.

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Cardiff and Met are level on points with Team Bath Buccaneers at the top of the NOW: Pensions Conference West, and they proved to be inseparable when they met in a game that ended 1-1.

Tim Davenport gave Bath the lead on 12 minutes only for Luke Hawker to reply three minutes later.

A second-half onslaught saw Fareham beat Whitchurch 8-0. Ben Hibberd and Alex Boxall scored twice each.

Guildford moved ahead of Barford Tigers and into sixth place with a 5-1 win with Marcus Mahne leading the scoring with a brace.

University of Birmingham hold on to third spot with a 2-1 defeat of University of Exeter and Cheltenham played out a goalless draw with Indian Gymkhana.

NOW: Pensions Conference North

Sheffield Hallam put on a fantastic show in the second half of their game against Leek in the NOW: Pensions Conference North, hitting six goals.

After the first half had finished goalless, they came out all guns blazing after the break and Will Hearne led the scoring with two goals as they won 6-0.

But Bowdon stay top of the league after a Simon Egerton hat-trick sparked them on to a 4-1 win against University of Durham.

Doncaster played out a 3-3 draw with Olton and West Warwickshire and Loughborough Students drew 2-2 with Belper. Wakefield won the other game 3-2 against Deeside Ramblers.

* The above file photo shows Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth celebrating a goal. Credit: www.hockeyimages.co.uk

 

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 29 2014):

NOW: Pensions Men's Premier Division: Wimbledon 4, Southgate 1; East Grinstead 2, Hampstead and Westminster 2.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 30 2014):

NOW: Pensions Men's Premier Division: Canterbury 0, Beeston 2; Brooklands Manchester University 1, Cannock 2; Reading 0, Surbiton 2.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference West: Guildford 5, Barford Tigers 1; University of Exeter 1, University of Birmingham 2; Cheltenham 0, Indian Gymkhana 0; Cardiff and Met 1, Team Bath Buccaneers 1; Fareham 8, Whitchurch 0.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference North: Wakefield 3, Deeside Ramblers 2; Doncaster 3, Olton and West Warwickshire 3; Leek 0, Sheffield Hallam 6; Loughborough Students 2, Belper 2; University of Durham 1, Bowdon 4.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Teddington 2, Richmond 2; Brighton and Hove 1, Old Loughtonians 2; Bromley and Beckenham 3, West Herts 0; Chichester Priory Park 6, Cambridge City 3; Holcombe 5, Oxted 5.