Surbiton edge past Reading

Surbiton Scott Evans, right, Credit Tim Reder - 450

TRAILING at half time, Surbiton hit back to beat rivals Reading 5-4 and maintain their 100 per cent record in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday evening.

Reading were looking to close the gap to their rivals, and got off to a good start with Dan Shingles scoring after nine minutes. But Surbiton hit back with a tenth minute strike from Alan Forsyth.

A Tom Carson double put Reading 3-1 ahead, and although Surbiton’s Matt Daly scored on 32 minutes Reading still led going into the break.

Forsyth scored his second on 42 minutes to level the scores, and Scott Evans (pictured) found the net on 61 minutes to make it 5-3. Andy Watts scored from a penalty corner in the last minute, but Reading ran out of time to add further to their score.

Holcombe remain second after beating East Grinstead 3-0 with goals from James Stedman, Nick Catlin and Ashley Jackson.

Third-placed Wimbledon lost ground on the top two when they could only draw 2-2 with Hampstead and Westminster, while Beeston and Brooklands Manchester University also ended 2-2.

And in the weekend’s other top flight match, Cannock secured a 3-1 win at Canterbury, with Arjan Drayton Chana scoring two and Louie Morris scoring the other.

Conference West

Two goals from Rhys Gowman and one from Luke Hawker helped leaders Cardiff and Met win 3-0 at Chichester Priory Park in the Men’s Conference West on Sunday.

Second-placed Indian Gymkhana lost ground on Cardiff when they could only draw 1-1 with Isca, while Cheltenham were 4-0 winners against Guildford with goals coming from Daniel Jackson, Ben Dobson, Will Pearce and Matthew Court.

The University of Exeter won 3-1 over Team Bath Buccaneers, while the University of Birmingham lost out 3-4 at home against Fareham, for whom the scorers were Jamie Rawlings, Mo Rahman, Ben Hibberd and Josh Godfrey.

Conference North

Deeside Ramblers secured a 2-0 win over leaders Loughborough Students in the Conference North, thanks to goals from Harry Dodd Moore and Tom Fearnall.

Second-placed Bowdon closed to gap to Loughborough to just one point after they won 3-2 over Preston, with goals coming from Liam Kennerley, Ben White and Jack Williams.

Matt Gibson’s early goal proved enough for Doncaster to beat South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Hallam, while the University of Durham won 2-1 at Lichfield and Olton and West Warwicks were 5-0 winners over Wakefield, with Callum Stacey scoring twice in their victory.

Conference East

Cambridge City were leading two-nil at half time, but still went down 3-4 to leaders Richmond in the Conference East. Jesse Gatt scored twice and Richmond’s other goals came from Josh Smith and Charlie Ellison.

Dafydd Charles and Mike Trim both scored twice as Oxted won 8-4 over Harleston Magpies.

An early brace from Sam Rowe and another from Toby Price had given the Magpies a three-nil lead, but they couldn’t stop Oxted fighting back to preserve second place.

Elsewhere, Southgate were 3-2 winners over Sevenoaks, while Brighton and Hove beat Teddington 4-3. And on Saturday evening, West Herts ran out 6-1 victors over Bromley and Beckenham with Dan Webster scoring four.

* The above photograph shows Surbiton scorer Scott Evans, right, against Cannock. Credit: Tim Reder.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 17 2015):

Premier Division: Holcombe 3, East Grinstead 0; Surbiton 5, Reading 4.

Conference East: West Herts 6, Bromley and Beckenham 1.

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 18 2015):

Premier Division: Beeston 2, Brooklands MU 2; Canterbury 1, Cannock 3; Hampstead and Westminster 2, Wimbledon 2.

Conference West: Cheltenham 4, Guildford 0; Chichester Priory Park 0, Cardiff & Met 3; Indian Gymkhana 1, Isca 1; University of Birmingham 3, Fareham 4; University of Exeter 3, Team Bath Buccaneers 1.

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

Conference East: Brighton and Hove 4, Teddington 3; Cambridge City 3, Richmond 4; Oxted 8, Harleston Magpies 4; Southgate 3, Sevenoaks 2.