Ward hits four as Holcombe hammer Canterbury

Sam Ward battles to find a way through the Australia defence. Credit Ravi Ghowry GB Hockey

SAM Ward made a superb debut for Holcombe, scoring four times as his new team stormed to a 7-2 victory over Canterbury in the Men’s Hockey League on Saturday evening.

Ward - pictured in action for Great Britain this summer - was one of several players to join newly-promoted Holcombe in the summer, and they made a strong start with fellow newcomer Ashley Jackson also getting on the scoresheet along with Iain Lewers and Nick Bandurak. Wei Adams and Craig Boyne scored for Canterbury.

Surbiton also scored seven goals and kept a clean sheet in their 7-0 drubbing of East Grinstead. Alan Forsyth scored a hat-trick, Matt Daly hit two, and others came from Andy Hayward and David Beckett.

Elsewhere, champions Wimbledon were held to a 2-2 draw at Brooklands Manchester University. The home side were 2-0 ahead with Aiden Khares and John Crossley scoring their first half goals, and only late strikes from Pete Millar and James Jewell spared Wimbledon’s blushes.

Tom Carson scored with the very last play of the match as Reading scraped a 1-0 win over Hampstead and Westminster, while in the Premier Division’s other match Cannock won 2-1 on Saturday evening over Beeston.

James Alberry had given Beeston an early lead, but late goals from Mark Daniel and Rob Farrington in the final minute gave Cannock the points after they had brought on a kicking back.

Men’s Conference West

Tom Watson’s second minute goal gave the University of Exeter the lead over the University of Birmingham in the Men’s Conference West, but a hat-trick from Sam French helped the University of Birmingham record a 4-1 win, with Will Selfe scoring the other.

Daniel Jackson scored twice for Cheltenham as they beat Indian Gymkhana 4-1, Alex Salmon and Matthew Court scoring the others.

Cardiff and Met ran out 3-2 winners over Guildford, while there were 2-2 draws between Isca and Fareham, as well as Team Bath Buccaneers and Chichester Priory Park.

Men’s Conference North

Loughborough Students made a strong start to the season with a 4-0 win at Olton and West Warwickshire in the Men’s Conference North.

Luke Cornish bagged two goals, while Ed Horler and Stephen Hunter scored the others.

Deeside Ramblers were also in great goal-scoring form as they won 5-3 at home against Lichfield. Ali Ghazanfar scored two for the hosts.

Martin Sutherland scored twice as Sheffield Hallam won 3-1 over Preston at Abbeydale, while there were 2-2 draws for University of Durham and Bowdon, as well as Wakefield and Doncaster.

Men’s Conference East

Two goals each from Mark Pearn and Charlie Ellison helped Richmond take a 6-1 win over Teddington in the Men’s Conference East on Saturday evening.

Southgate also scored six, beating hosts West Herts 6-2 with Matt Guise Brown scoring twice.

Duncan Parniss was on target twice for Sevenoaks as they beat Bromley and Beckenham 3-1, while Cambridge City were 4-2 winners over Harleston Magpies with Euan Gilmour scoring a hat-trick.

In the weekend’s other East Conference match, Brighton and Hove and Oxted battled to a 3-3 draw.

* Above photo shows Sam Ward in action for Great Britain against Australia. Credit: Ravi Ghowry.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, September 12 2015):

Men's Premier Division: Cannock 2, Beeston 1; Holcombe 7, Canterbury 2.

Men's Conference East: Richmond 6, Teddington 1; Sevenoaks 3, Bromley and Beckenham 1.

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, September 13 2015):

Men's Premier Division: Brooklands MU 2, Wimbledon 2; Reading 1, Hampstead and Westminster 0; Surbiton 7, East Grinstead 0.

Men's Conference West: Cardiff & Met 3, Guildford 2; Cheltenham 4, Indian Gymkhana 1; Isca 2, Fareham 2; Team Bath Buccaneers 2, Chichester Priory Park 2; University of Birmingham 4, University of Exeter 1.

Men's Conference North: Deeside Ramblers 5, Lichfield 3; Olton & West Warwicks 0, Loughborough Students 4; Sheffield Hallam 3, Preston 1; University of Durham 2, Bowdon 2; Wakefield 2, Doncaster 2.

Men's Conference East: Brighton and Hove 3, Oxted 3; Cambridge City 4, Harleston Magpies 2; West Herts 2, Southgate 6.