Forsyth saga helps Surbiton beat rivals

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

A hat-trick from Alan Forsyth helped Surbiton maintain top spot in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division with a 6-4 win at Brooklands Manchester University on Sunday.

High-flying Surbiton appeared to be cruising to victory, until three late goals for Brooklands gave them something to worry about, although it wasn’t enough to threaten the victory.

Goals on seven minutes from Forsyth and Chris Grassick put Surbiton ahead early on, and they led 3-1 following Forsyth’s second on 11 minutes.

Brooklands pulled one back on 25 minutes thanks to Peter Friend, but Forsyth completed his hat-trick on 36 minutes, and Rupert Shipperley added goals on 45 and 63 minutes to make it 6-1.

Aidan Khares, Stefan Ray-Hills and Peter Cornell scored late goals for the home side, but it was too little too late.

Elsewhere, Holcombe beat champions Wimbledon 5-3 with Sam Ward scoring twice, while Richard Lane, Ashley Jackson and Stephane Vehrle-Smith also found the goal.

Pieter Wiegman scored Wimbledon’s first half goal, and Richard Dawson-Smith and Phil Roper added to their tally on 53 and 58 minutes, but it wasn’t enough to take back the lead.

Reading beat hosts Canterbury 4-2 after fighting back from a two-nil half time deficit. Tom Carson, Chris Newman, Andy Watts and Jonty Clarke scored their goals to cancel out the lead that James Oates and Craig Boyne had given Canterbury.

Beeston also won on the road, scoring three unanswered goals at East Grinstead through Elliot Hibell, Hamish Imrie and Tom Sorsby.

And Hampstead and Westminster drew 2-2 with Cannock. Stuart Loughrey and Neil Hamilton scored for the hosts, while Mark Daniel and Arjan Drayton-Chana were on target for Cannock.

Men’s Conference West

Cheltenham are top of the Conference West after beating the University of Exeter on Saturday thanks to goals from Matthew Court, Rich Owen, Tom Cole and Luke Cole.

Elsewhere, the University of Birmingham beat Chichester Priory Park 5-3 to stay unbeaten, and Cardiff and Met were 3-2 winners at Team Bath Buccaneers.

Indian Gymkhana beat Fareham 5-1, while Isca overcame Guildford by the same margin.

Men’s Conference North

Loughborough Students are the only team left with a 100 per cent record in the Conference North after beating Lichfield 2-1 thanks to goals from Murray Collins and Rhys Doherty.

Preston bagged their first victory, a 4-2 verdict over Deeside Ramblers, while Bowdon were 3-2 winners at Doncaster on Saturday evening.

Elsewhere, the University of Durham and Olton and West Warwickshire drew 3-3, while Sheffield Hallam and Wakefield battled to a 0-0 draw.

Men’s Conference East

Two goals from Andrew Ross and others from Duncan Parnis and Ali Taylor helped Sevenoaks secure a 4-3 win at Oxted in the Conference East on Saturday.

The only other team with a 100 per cent record after two matches in Richmond, who beat Southgate 1-0.

In other action, Harleston Magpies scored in the last minute to draw 2-2 with West Herts, while on Sunday Bromley and Beckenham overcame Brighton and Hove 4-2 and Teddington and Cambridge City drew 2-2.

* The above photograph shows Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth celebrating a goal. Credit:

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, September 19 2015):

Men’s Conference West: Cheltenham 4, University of Exeter 0.

Men's Conference North: Doncaster 2, Bowdon 3.

Men's Conference East: Harleston Magpies 2, West Herts 2; Oxted 3, Sevenoaks 4; Richmond 1, Southgate 0.

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, September 20 2015):

Men's Premier Division: Brooklands MU 4, Surbiton 6; Canterbury 2, Reading 4; East Grinstead 0, Beeston 3; Hampstead and Westminster 2, Cannock 2; Wimbledon 3, Holcombe 5.

Men's Conference West: Indian Gymkhana 5, Fareham 1; Isca 5, Guildford 1; Team Bath Buccaneers 2, Cardiff & Met 3; University of Birmingham 5, Chichester Priory Park 3.

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

Men's Conference East: Bromley and Beckenham 4, Brighton and Hove 2; Teddington 2, Cambridge City 2.