Surbiton too strong for battling Cannock

Surbiton's Alan Forsyth during the 2015-16 season. Credit Tim Reder 450

SURBITON came through a tough eight-goal battle against Cannock to keep a four-point lead at the top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

The leaders took a 5-3 win against the team in eighth spot, but were made to work hard for the points.

Andy Hayward, Chris Grassick and Robbie Marx helped them to a 3-2 lead by the break and Michael Watt and Alan Forsyth found the net in the second half. Peter Jackson, Louie Morris and Rhys Linnell were all on target for Cannock.

Brooklands Manchester University took their first win of their campaign with a 5-0 drubbing of Canterbury. Sam Perrin led the scoring with a double as Stefan Ray-Hills, John Crossley and Peter Friend also notched.

With Reading and Holcombe both enjoying a positive start to the season, the two sides met and had to settle for a point apiece after drawing 2-2.

Gareth Andrew gave Holcombe the lead just three minutes in, slamming home from a penalty corner. But goals from Simon Mantell and Jonty Clarke put Reading in the driving seat before Nick Bandurak levelled for Holcombe.

In the game on Saturday, Wimbledon took a 3-0 win over Beeston with goals from Phillip Ball, Johnny Kinder and James Jewell.

Conference West

The University of Exeter were in top form as they beat Guildford 6-1 in the Conference East on Sunday with Ben Francis and Tom Whitworth both hitting a brace.

Cardiff and Met are still top with a 100 per cent record although they had an early scare when John Wright gave opponents Isca a lead inside the first minute. It wasn’t until the second half when Cardiff responded and two goals in two minutes won them the game.

Indian Gymkhana are up to second in the table after a 3-2 defeat of Chichester Priory Park, largely thanks to a brace from Tejinder Hanspal.

Team Bath Buccaneers beat the University of Birmingham 2-1 and in Saturday’s match, Fareham drew 1-1 with Cheltenham.

Conference North

Loughborough Students continued their perfect start to the season on Sunday by chalking up their fifth win, this time beating Doncaster with goals from James Hamlyn, Stephen Hunter and Luke Cornish.

The University of Durham won 4-2 against Preston and in the other game on Sunday, Sheffield Hallam played out a 2-2 draw with Olton and West Warwicks.

Bowdon were in action against Lichfield on Saturday and they held on to second spot in the table with a 3-1 win. In Saturday’s other game, third placed Deeside Ramblers beat second from bottom Wakefield 3-0.

Conference East

A Robert Schenk hat-trick inspired Oxted to a thrilling 8-4 victory over Bromley and Beckenham in the Conference East on Saturday.

Also playing on Saturday, Richmond dropped their first points of the season after drawing 4-4 with West Herts. Charlie Ellison’s treble wasn’t enough to secure all three points but they remain top of the table.

Two teams without a win in Harleston Magpies and Brighton and Hove clashed on Saturday and it was Brighton who managed to get their season underway with a 4-0 win. Mike Burney was their hat-trick hero.

There were more goals in the other game on Saturday with Cambridge City beating Sevenoaks 4-2 and on Sunday, Teddington and Southgate battled to a 3-3 draw.

* The above photograph shows Alan Forsyth, scorer for Surbiton. Credit: Tim Reder.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 10 2015):

Premier Division: Wimbledon 3, Beeston 0.

Conference West: Fareham 1, Cheltenham 1.

Conference North: Wakefield 0, Deeside Ramblers 3; Lichfield 1, Bowdon 3.

Conference East: Harleston Magpies 0, Brighton and Hove 4; Sevenoaks 2, Cambridge City 4; Bromley and Beckenham 4, Oxted 8; Richmond 4, West Herts 4.

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 11 2015):

Premier Division: Brooklands Manchester University 5, Canterbury 0; Surbiton 5, Cannock 3; Reading 2, Holcombe 2.

Conference West: Isca 1, Cardiff and Met 2; Team Bath Buccaneers 2, University of Birmingham 1; Guildford 1, University of Exeter 6; Indian Gymkhana 3, Chichester Priory Park 2.

Conference North: Sheffield Hallam 2, Olton and West Warwicks 2; Loughborough Students 3, Doncaster 0; Preston 2, University of Durham 4.

Conference East: Teddington 3, Southgate 3.