Holcombe beat leaders Surbiton

Holcombe’s Gareth Andrew celebrates the first of two goals scored by him in his side’s 3-1 win over Surbiton. Credit hockeyimages.co.uk - 450


Surbiton’s perfect start to the season was ended as they were beaten 3-1 at Holcombe in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Nick Catlin and Gareth Andrew put second-placed Holcombe two goals in front before the break, but Rupert Shipperley halved the deficit early in the second half.

However Holcombe hit back almost immediately with Andrew grabbing his second of the game to move the home side to within a point of Surbiton at the top.

Peter Flanagan scored a hat-trick as Brooklands Manchester University fought back to draw 3-3 at home to Cannock.

The visitors led three times thanks to two goals from Tom Morris and one from Hardeep Jawanda but were denied in the last minute as Flanagan completed his treble.

At the bottom, Canterbury are still awaiting their first points of the season after they were narrowly edged out in a 4-3 defeat away at East Grinstead.

Ross Gilham-Jones scored twice for bottom side Canterbury with Wei Adams also on target, but goals from Joe Naughalty, Adam Seccull, Sam Driver and Glenn Kirkham were enough to give East Grinstead the points.

Reading won 2-1 away at Wimbledon with two goals from Richard Mantell cancelling out James Jewell’s strike, whilst Hampstead and Westminster won 2-1 at home to Beeston thanks to goals from Richard Alexander and Alex Jakeman.

Conference West

Cardiff and Met are still at the top of the Conference West after recording a 2-0 win over Indian Gymkhana. Both their goals came in the second half with Jimmy Devney and Luke Hawker finding the target.

The University of Birmingham moved up to second place after beating the team above them, Cheltenham. Sam French and Adam Harriman scored their goals.

Guildford moved off the foot of the table with a second victory of the season, a 3-1 win over Team Bath Buccaneers. James Ferguson, Chris Boot and Mohammad Rahman scored their goals.

Fareham beat the University of Exeter 1-0 courtesy of a Danny Rawlings goal and Chichester Priory Park played out a 3-3 draw with Isca.

Conference North

Loughborough Students made it seven wins from eight games in the Conference North to retain top spot, beating struggling Preston 5-1. Luke Taylor was their star of the show, scoring a hat-trick.

The University of Durham stay second on goal difference after a Charlie Stubbings goal guided them to a 1-0 win over Wakefield.

Bowdon kept the pressure on Durham with a 3-1 win over Deeside Ramblers and Doncaster moved into fourth with a 3-2 win away to Olton and West Warwicks.

Propping up the table, Lichfield gained their first point of the season with a 0-0 draw against Sheffield Hallam.

Conference East

Richmond lost their unbeaten record at the top of the Men’s Hockey League East Conference as they were beaten 2-1 away at Oxted.

Dylan Thomas and Robert Durling had Oxted two up inside the opening ten minutes, and they held on to beat the league leaders despite Charlie Ellison’s second half goal.

That defeat allowed Cambridge City to cut the gap at the top to three points with a 4-2 win at home to West Herts, whilst Southgate are level on points in third after they put in a strong second half performance to beat winless Harleston Magpies 5-2.

Elsewhere Bromley and Beckenham were 4-1 winners away at Teddington and Sevenoaks beat Brighton and Hove 2-1.

* The above photograph shows Holcombe’s Gareth Andrew celebrating the first of his two goals in his side’s 3-1 win over Surbiton. Credit www.hockeyimages.co.uk

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 8 2015):

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

Conference West: Cheltenham 0, University of Birmingham 2; University of Exeter 0, Fareham 1; Chichester Priory Park 3, Isca 3; Guildford 3, Team Bath Buccaneers 1; Indian Gymkhana 0, Cardiff and Met 2.

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

Conference East: Teddington 1, Bromley and Beckenham 4; Oxted 2, Richmond 1; Brighton and Hove 1, Sevenoaks 2; Cambridge City 4, West Herts 2; Harleston Magpies 2, Southgate 5.