Wimbledon book their place at the Finals Weekend

Wimbledon's Tejinder Hanspal celebrates his goal against Beeston with teammates Phil Ball and Johnny Kinder, Credit Josh Dixon - 450


Wimbledon confirmed their place in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division play-offs as they beat rivals Beeston 3-1 on Saturday.

Two goals from Blake Govers and one from Tejinder Hanspal helped Wimbledon secure their spot in the Finals Weekend, which this year is being staged at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

They are likely to be joined by Beeston after fifth-placed Reading could only manage a 2-2 draw with Hampstead and Westminster, leaving a nine-point gap between fourth and fifth with just three games to play.

At the bottom Canterbury closed to within three points of Southgate after they came from behind to beat Brooklands Manchester University 3-1 with Craig Boyne, Harry Roberts and Wei Adams getting the goals.

Two goals from Andy Piper helped East Grinstead to a 4-2 win over Cannock, which leaves the Staffordshire side looking over their shoulder with just a two-point gap between them and relegation danger.

Surbiton notched up a 6-1 victory over Southgate with Alan Forsyth and Matt Daly grabbing two goals each. Rupert Shipperley and Lewis Prosser were also on target as the league leaders stayed top with a comfortable win.

NOW: Pensions Conference West

Cardiff & Met closed the gap at the top of the NOW: Pensions Conference West table to a point with a 5-1 win over strugglers Barford Tigers.

All five goals came in the first half as James Carson, Matt Pacey, Luke Hawker, Liam Brignull and Jack Pritchard scored to put the game beyond doubt, before Jakub Korytak grabbed a second half consolation for the visitors.

Team Bath Buccaneers dropped points but remain top after drawing 1-1 with Guildford who stay sixth, whilst bottom club Whitchurch lost further ground on the rest with a 5-2 defeat at Cheltenham.

Elsewhere University of Birmingham blew a three-goal lead to draw 4-4 with India Gymkhana.

NOW: Pensions Conference North

Bowdon secured top spot in the NOW: Pensions Conference North with a comfortable 3-0 win over Olton and West Warwicks thanks to two goals from Simon Edgerton and one from Bart Zywiczka.

The result leaves Bowdon with an unassailable ten point lead at the league summit, despite second place Sheffield Hallam racking up an emphatic 7-2 win away at Belper with hat-tricks from Martin Sutherland and Liam Ansell.

Deeside Ramblers came from behind to hammer Leek 6-3, a result which makes them safe from automatic relegation but leaves Leek three points adrift at the bottom.

NOW: Pensions Conference East

Holcombe put nine past Teddington on a day of big scores in the NOW: Pensions Conference East. Nick Catlin helped himself to four goals for the recently-crowned league winners in a 9-1 win.

The result leaves Teddington second bottom after Old Loughtonians moved up a place with a 2-2 draw against Richmond, who stay bottom.

West Herts moved up to third with a crushing 10-3 win over Chichester Priory Park, whilst Oxted put breathing space between themselves and the bottom with a 3-2 win over Brighton and Hove.

Elsewhere Bromley and Beckenham drew 2-2 with Cambridge City.

* The above photo shows Wimbledon's Tejinder Hanspal celebrating his goal against Beeston with teammates Phil Ball and Johnny Kinder. Credit Josh Dixon.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, February 28 2015):

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

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

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference North: Belper 2, Sheffield Hallam 7; Bowdon 3, Olton & West Warwicks 0; Deeside Ramblers 6, Leek 3; University of Durham 3, Loughborough Students 1; Wakefield 2, Doncaster 4.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Bromley and Beckenham 2, Cambridge City 2; Holcombe 9, Teddington 1; Old Loughtonians 2, Richmond 2; Oxted 3, Brighton and Hove 2; West Herts 10, Chichester Priory Park 3.

 

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.

EXCITING CASH-BACK SCHEME FOR CLUBS

England Hockey launches a new cash-back scheme for affiliated clubs, available for the NOW: Pensions Men's Finals Weekend, Investec Women's Finals Weekend and Nations Cup this April. Click here for more information.