Late strike sees Holcombe go top

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

NICK Bandurak’s last minute goal helped Holcombe take top spot in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division, overtaking Surbiton who were beaten at home by last season’s champions Wimbledon.

Goalless for much of the game, Hampstead and Westminster took the lead through Matt Botha with five minutes left, before Bandurak’s strike from open play gave Holcombe a point which was enough to put them top.

In an evening match Surbiton trailed by one goal at half time with Caspar Phijffer giving Wimbledon the lead, but despite Alan Forsyth’s equaliser the visitors retook the lead with James Jewell and Phil Ball scoring.

Andy Hayward scored with two minutes left, but it wasn’t enough for Surbiton who now trail Holcombe on goal difference.

Brooklands Manchester University moved ahead of East Grinstead after beating them 2-1 with goals from Richard Slater and Aidan Khares. They are now seventh.

Reading fired six past hosts Cannock, beating them 6-2. Tom Carson scored twice, while others came from Andy Watts, Reading Mantell, Dan Shingles and Ben Boon as Reading went six-nil ahead.

Thomas Morris and Peter Jackson scored late goals, but they were just a consolation for Cannock.

The bottom two clubs played each other with Beeston at home against Canterbury, and the hosts ended up 3-1 winners, Mark Gleghorne scoring twice and Stuart Pilgrim adding the other. Wei Adams scored a consolation goal for Canterbury.

Men’s Conference North

Bowdon moved up to second in the Men’s Conference North with a 6-1 defeat of Olton and West Warwicks. Ben White was in red hot form, scoring five of their goals including three in three minutes.

Loughborough Students are still four points clear at the top and took victory from a thrilling 5-3 win over Wakefield. Steve Hunter opened the scoring on three minutes and went on to score the final goal of the game too.

Preston moved up to seventh with a 4-1 win over Lichfield as Adam Wilson’s second half brace made sure of the points.

Sheffield Hallam chalked up their third win of the season, a single Martin Sutherland goal enough to give them a 1-0 victory over the University of Durham.

Men’s Conference East

Leading 4-1 at the break, Southgate survived a second half fightback by Cambridge City to win 4-3 in the Conference East, maintaining the pressure on leaders Richmond.

Giulio Ferrini, Matt Guise Brown, Timmy Smyth and Simeon Bird were Southgate’s scorers, while Scott Gilmour (2) and Eugene Malthouse were on target for Cambridge City.

Richmond had to settle for a point from a 3-3 draw with Sevenoaks, while Teddington were confident 6-3 winners at Oxted with Chris Seddon scoring a hat-trick and Fergus Dunn adding two.

Elsewhere, there were away wins for both Bromley and Beckenham and Brighton and Hove, Bromley winning 3-2 at Harleston Magpies while Brighton won 5-3 at West Herts.

Men’s Conference West

Leaders Cardiff and Met had to settle for a draw in their home match against Cheltenham. James Astley gave the visitors the lead in the 39th minute, only for Rhys Gowman to cancel it out a minute later.

The University of Birmingham narrowed the gap on the leaders with a 2-0 win over Indian Gymkhana, while Team Bath Buccaneers remain third after a 4-1 win at Isca.

In other action, Fareham were 2-1 winners over Guildford, while Chichester Priory Park lost out 2-3 to the University of Exeter, for whom Edward Matts scored with a minute remaining.

* The above photograph shows Holcombe celebrating a goal. Credit

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 14 2015):

Men's Premier Division: Beeston 3, Canterbury 1; Holcombe 1, Hampstead and Westminster 1; East Grinstead 1, Brooklands Manchester University 2; Surbiton 2, Wimbledon 3; Cannock 2, Reading 6.

Men's Conference West: University of Birmingham 2, Indian Gymkhana 0; Isca 1, Team Bath Buccaneers 4; Chichester Priory Park 2, University of Exeter 3; Fareham 2, Guildford 1; Cardiff and Met 1, Cheltenham 1.

Men's Conference North: Bowdon 6, Olton and West Warwicks 1; University of Durham 0, Sheffield Hallam 1; Lichfield 1, Preston 4; Loughborough Students 5, Wakefield 3.

Men's Conference East: West Herts 3, Brighton and Hove 5; Southgate 4, Cambridge City 3; Harleston Magpies 2, Bromley and Beckenham 3; Oxted 3, Teddington 6; Richmond 3, Sevenoaks 3.