Holcombe and Surbiton tie after wins

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

Holcombe moved level with Surbiton at the top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division following their 4-1 win over Cannock on Saturday evening.

The pair now have identical records, with Surbiton battling to a 3-2 win at Beeston at the same time as Holcombe’s victory.

Sam Ward struck twice for Holcombe to put them 2-1 ahead at half time, and Nick Catlin and Ashley Jackson added second half strikes to secure the win.

Meanwhile, Alan Forsyth scored twice for Surbiton, with Andy Hayward scoring the other.

Mark Gleghorne and Chris Proctor scored second half goals for the hosts, but it wasn’t quite enough.

Meanwhile, champions Wimbledon secured their first win of the season, beating East Grinstead 3-2 in a repeat of their Finals Weekend victory.

Phil Roper scored twice and Caspar Phijffer added a third just before half time. Simon Faulkner and Adam Seccull scored for the visitors.

Neil Hamilton scored in each half as Hampstead and Westminster won 2-1 at Canterbury, while Ali Parkes also bagged a brace to help Reading to a 3-1 win over Brooklands Manchester University.

Men’s Conference West

Luke Hawker scored the winner as Cardiff and Met came from behind to claim a 2-1 win at home to the University of Birmingham in the Conference West on Saturday.

Jimmy Devney’s goal cancelled out Jack Clee’s first half strike to help send Cardiff to the top of the table.

Chichester Priory Park registered their first win of the season, 5-1 against Cheltenham thanks to two goals from Tom McCarthy.

Two goals from Tejinder Hanspal helped India Gymkhana to a 4-2 win away at Guildford, whilst Team Bath Buccaneers won 3-1 at Fareham and the University of Exeter beat Isca 3-1.

Men’s Conference North

Ed Horler scored four times and Luke Taylor three as leaders Loughborough Students beat Sheffield Hallam 7-1 in the Conference North.

Bowdon Hightown won 5-2 at home against Wakefield with Ben White and Liam Kennerley both scoring two, while Doncaster were 2-1 winners at Preston.

Olton and West Warwickshire also won away from home, with Tom Mallett, Alex Czerniewski and Edwin Waters scoring in their 3-2 win over hosts Lichfield.

Men’s Conference East

Sevenoaks put five past Harleston Magpies to move to the top of the Conference East on Saturday.

Richard Turner, George Torry, Michael Shelton and Andrew Ross were all on target in the first half for Sevenoaks before Mike Barber added a late goal to cap a 5-2 win.

Teddington blew an early lead at home to West Herts to go down to a 3-2 defeat, Dan Webster, Andy Seiman and Terry Kynaston with the visitors’ goals.

Brighton and Hove were held 1-1 at home by Southgate and Oxted were 3-2 winners in a tight match at home to Cambridge City.


Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, September 26 2015):

Premier Division: Beeston 2, Surbiton 3; Canterbury 1, Hampstead and Westminster 2; Holcombe 4, Cannock 1; Reading 3, Brooklands MU 1; Wimbledon 3, East Grinstead 2.

Conference West: Cardiff & Met 2, University of Birmingham 1; Chichester Priory Park 5, Cheltenham 1; Fareham 1, Team Bath Buccaneers 3; Guildford 2, Indian Gymkhana 4; University of Exeter 3, Isca 1.

Conference North: Bowdon 5, Wakefield 2; Lichfield 2, Olton & West Warwicks 3; Loughborough Students 7, Sheffield Hallam 1; Preston 1, Doncaster 2.

Conference East: Brighton and Hove 1, Southgate 1; Harleston Magpies 2, Sevenoaks 5; Oxted 3, Cambridge City 2; Teddington 2, West Herts 3.