Surbiton and East Grinstead reach play-offs

East Grinstead's Mark Gleghorne powers past two Beeston defenders, Feb 22 2015, www.hockeyimages.co.uk - 450


SURBITON and East Grinstead are the first two sides to secure a spot in the play-offs of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division after some thrilling results at the weekend.

East Grinstead battled past Beeston 3-2 on Sunday, while Surbiton were held to a 3-3 draw at Wimbledon on Saturday evening.

A Mark Gleghorne strike four minutes from time handed East Grinstead victory after Andy Bull and Mark Pearn had also been on target in a 3-2 defeat of Beeston.

Despite the loss Beeston remain third, level on points with Wimbledon but with a superior goal difference. They are close to clinching a place at the play-offs, to be held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on April 11-12.

Matt Daly fired a second half double for Surbiton as they came back from 3-1 down to secure a 3-3 draw against Wimbledon on Saturday evening.

It was a useful point for Wimbledon too – they are fourth on 28 points but have a 10-point advantage over fifth-placed Reading with a four games remaining.

Reading’s hopes of claiming a play-off berth were dealt a further blow when they were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw against relegation-threatened Southgate.

Tom Carson gave Reading an early lead before goals from John Sterlini and Giulio put Southgate into the lead. But Richard Mantell was on hand to rescue a point for the visitors, slamming home from a penalty corner in the second half.

Brooklands Manchester University continue to move away from trouble, maintaining their excellent run with a 3-2 win over Hampstead and Westminster, who they leapfrog in the table. Aiden Khares was the hero of the day, bagging the winner with five minutes remaining.

Bottom of the table Canterbury picked up only their second victory of the season with a 3-1 win over Cannock courtesy of goals from Craig Boyne, Wei Adams and Francisco Montoya.

NOW: Pensions Conference West

Team Bath Buccaneers still lead the NOW: Pensions Conference West by three points after securing their 13th win of the season as goals from Liam Sanford, Andrew Eversden, Eugene Malthouse and Tim Davenport eased them to a 4-0 defeat of Fareham.

Cardiff and Met are still chasing hard and matched Bath’s scoreline as a double from James Carson helped them to a 4-0 win over University of Birmingham. Carson also scored a brace in Cardiff’s match on Saturday when they beat University of Exeter 5-1.

Jagdeep Gill smashed home a hat-trick as Indian Gymkhana came out on top in an exciting 4-2 game against Barford Tigers. Guildford beat hosts Whitchurch 2-0 and University of Exeter and Cheltenham played out a 1-1 draw.

NOW: Pensions Conference North

Bowdon edged closer to securing the NOW: Pensions Conference North title with a 6-3 win over Wakefield. Ian Wilson and Simon Egerton both scored a brace for the winners, but Bowdon needed three goals in the final four minutes to take the points.

Sheffield Hallam are 10 points behind Bowdon but are doing what they can to close the gap. They braved the biting cold to grind out a 1-0 win over Olton and West Warwickshire.

At the other end of the table second-bottom Belper condemned Leek to their 10th loss of the season as a double from Drew Burkin helped them win 4-2. Deeside Ramblers beat University of Durham 4-1 and Loughborough Students beat Doncaster by the same score.

NOW: Pensions Conference East

A 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove put Holcombe within touching distance of the title in the NOW: Pensions Conference East on Sunday. Gareth Andrew scored the only goal of the game.

The only team that can mathematically catch Holcombe is Bromley and Beckenham. They beat Chichester Priory Park 4-2 with Chris Harden scoring twice.

West Herts beat bottom of the table Richmond 1-0 and Cambridge survived a late scare to secure a 4-3 win against Oxted.

* The attached photo shows East Grinstead's Mark Gleghorne powering past two Beeston defenders. Credit www.hockeyimages.co.uk


NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, February 21 2015):

NOW: Pensions Men's Premier Division: Wimbledon 3, Surbiton 3.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference West: Cardiff and Met 5, University of Exeter 1.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Teddington 3, Old Loughtonians 1.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, February 22 2015):

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

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

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

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Cambridge City 4, Oxted 3; Brighton and Hove 0, Holcombe 1; Chichester Priory Park 2, Bromley and Beckenham 4; West Herts 1, Richmond 0.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Finals Weekend: 11-12 April 2015

Tickets to the dramatic conclusion of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League are now on sale. This showpiece event has relocated to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the fantastic new venue of our international fixtures.

The Finals weekend will see England’s top men’s clubs compete for glory in the showpiece finale to the domestic leagues. Also on display will be the promotion tournaments where 9th place in the Premier Division battles it out against the winners of the three regional Conferences for two spots in the Premier Division for 2015/16. For full details, click here.

Advance tickets cost from £17.50 for adults and just £5 for U18s. Weekend tickets are also available from £22.50 for adults and £8 for U18s.

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