Surbiton battle past stubborn Hampstead

Surbiton Andy Hayward, Credit Tim Reder - 450

Andy Hayward scored twice as league leaders Surbiton won again, despite being pushed all the way by his former club Hampstead and Westminster in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Surbiton emerged as 4-2 victors in Sunday’s clash, but only after goals from Neil Hamilton and Stuart Loughrey had twice pegged the leaders back in a close first half.

A goal from Dave Beckett and a late finish from Matt Daly were enough to see Surbiton over the line and maintain their four-point lead at the top of the table.

Holcombe kept-up the pressure at the top by claiming a convincing 5-2 win away at Brooklands Manchester University thanks to goals from Barry Middleton, Nick Catlin, James Steadman, Stefan Vehrle-Smith and Sam Ward, with Aiden Khares and Stefan Ray-Hills grabbing consolation goals for Brooklands.

East Grinstead are one place off the bottom after they were beaten 4-3 away at Cannock despite two goals from Simon Faulkner. Adam Seccull also scored for East Grinstead but strikes from Mark Daniel, Louie Morris, Peter Jackson and Marc Edwards wrapped-up the points for Cannock.

Canterbury remain without a point at the bottom after they went down 4-0 at home to Wimbledon, whilst Reading staged a dramatic second-half fight-back against Beeston with Tom Carson scoring a hat-trick in a 3-2 win.

Conference West

Cardiff and Met dropped points for the first time this season but remain on top of the Men’s West Conference after a 2-2 draw at home to the University of Exeter.

Goals from Ed Matts and Tom Whitworth had looked to have the students on their way to a win before the league leaders fought back through Luke Hawker and Rhys Gowman to claim a point.

Cheltenham closed the gap in second with a 2-0 win away at Isca, whilst Team Bath Buccaneers came from behind to beat India Gymkhana 2-1 and leave both sides locked on 13 points alongside Cheltenham.

Elsewhere the University of Birmingham were 8-0 winners away at Guildford and in another high-scoring match Fareham beat Chichester Priory Park 5-4.

Conference North

Loughborough Students registered a 7-2 win at home against Bowdon to maintain their four-point lead at the top of the Men’s North Conference.

Ed Horler scored a hat-trick to go with two goals from Luke Taylor as the visitors missed the chance to close the gap on the leaders.

Preston were 5-2 winners at home to Olton and West Warwicks in what was their second win of the season, whilst Sheffield Hallam were also amongst the goals with a 4-2 victory against Deeside Ramblers who stay third.

Elsewhere the University of Durham beat Doncaster 3-1 and winless Lichfield stay bottom after they went down 4-2 away at Wakefield.

Conference East

Richmond fought back from a goal down at home to Brighton and Hove to claim a 3-2 win and keep-up their strong start to the Men’s Hockey League East Conference season.

The league leaders needed a hat-trick from Charlie Ellison to overcome a resilient Brighton and Hove side who had led at the break through Sam Rose and Mike Burney.

Teddington registered their first win of the season with an emphatic 6-0 win at home to Harleston Magpies who stay bottom, Andrew Platt with a hat-trick for the hosts.

Sevenoaks are still in touch with the leaders after they won 4-1 against West Herts, whilst Cambridge City were 3-0 winners at Bromley and Beckenham and Southgate drew 2-2 with Oxted.

* The above photograph shows Surbiton’s Andy Hayward in action against Hampstead and Westminster. Credit: Tim Reder.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 24 2015):

Men's Premier Division: Cannock 4, East Grinstead 3.

Men's Conference West: Fareham 5, Chichester Priory Park 4; Isca 0, Cheltenham 2.

Men's Conference North: Loughborough Students 7, Bowdon 2; Wakefield 4, Lichfield 2.

Men's Conference East: Bromley and Beckenham 0, Cambridge City 3; Sevenoaks 4, West Herts 1; Southgate 2, Oxted 2; Teddington 6, Harleston Magpies 0.

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 25 2015):

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

Men's Conference West: Cardiff & Met 2, University of Exeter 2; Guildford 0, University of Birmingham 8; Team Bath Buccaneers 2, Indian Gymkhana 1.

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

Men's Conference East: Richmond 3, Brighton and Hove 2.