Brooklands target top four

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Brooklands Manchester University have their sights set on a play-off berth in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division and they closed the gap with a comprehensive 4-0 win over last season’s champions Wimbledon.

Aidan Khares put them ahead on 30 minutes and Louis Weir doubled their advantage after the break. Khares added a second before Peter Flanagan sealed a fine performance with a minute remaining. They are now up to fifth and just five points off Wimbledon.

Mark Gleghorne was in scintillating form for Beeston as he hit five goals in a 6-2 defeat of Cannock. Hamish Imrie scored their other with Rob Farrington and Arjan Drayton Chana getting the consolation goals for Cannock.

Holcombe are still at the top of the table on goal difference after an Iain Lewers brace helped them to a 3-0 defeat of Canterbury. Rob Field was also on target.

Surbiton kept the pressure on in second place, beating Hampstead and Westminster 4-1. Andy Hayward scored a first half hat-trick after Muhammad Irfan had given Hampstead an early lead. Michael Watt scored Surbiton’s fourth in the second half.

East Grinstead moved from ninth to seventh with a 4-2 win over third-placed Reading. Louis Gittens, Simon Faulkner, Adam Seccull and Sam Driver scored their goals with Richard Mantell and Chris Newman replying for Reading.

Conference West

Cardiff and Met made it ten games unbeaten in the Conference West with a 4-2 defeat of Chichester Priory Park.

Owain Dolan Gray led the scoring with a goal in each half. The result sees Cardiff take a seven-point lead and Chichester remain bottom.

The University of Birmingham are second on goal difference after a 2-2 draw with the University of Exeter. They were headed for defeat until Sam French hit the leveller with eight minutes remaining.

Team Bath Buccaneers are third after a 3-1 win over Fareham and Isca claimed only their second win of their campaign, beating Cheltenham 2-1. Indian Gymkhana beat Guildford 2-1.

Conference North

With only three games taking place in the Conference North due to frozen pitches, Deeside Ramblers and Wakefield made sure that there was still no lack of goals with a thrilling 5-5 draw.

Ed Peel scored a hat-trick for Deeside, including two in one minute and in reply, Greg Moorhouse also hit a treble for Wakefield.

With league leaders Loughborough Students having their game against Lichfield called off, Bowdon had the chance to draw closer and they beat Doncaster 2-1 with goals from Ben White and Will Hearne. In the other game of the day, Preston came from a goal down to beat Sheffield Hallam 2-1.

Conference East

Sevenoaks took Southgate’s second-place spot in the Conference East after beating them 3-1. George Torry, Tom Chandler and Aaron Blumfield scored the goals to put them just three points behind leaders Richmond.

But Richmond won’t be easy to catch. They’ve only lost one game so far and they racked up another three points with a 2-1 defeat of Teddington. Charlie Ellison scored with just four minutes remaining to snatch the win.

Harleston Magpies chalked up only their second point of the season after drawing 2-2 with Brighton and Hove. Cambridge City and Oxted also battled to a 2-2 draw.

* The above photograph shows East Grinstead celebrating a goal during their 4-2 defeat of Reading. Credit: Ravi Ghowry.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 21 2015):

Men's Conference North: Loughborough Students A, Lichfield A.

Men's Conference East: Bromley and Beckenham 2, West Herts 1.

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 22 2015):

Men's Premier Division: Beeston 6, Cannock 2; Hampstead and Westminster 1, Surbiton 4; Wimbledon 0, Brooklands Manchester University 4; Reading 2, East Grinstead 4; Canterbury 0, Holcombe 3.

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

Men's Conference North: Olton and West Warwicks P, University of Durham P; Deeside Ramblers 5, Wakefield 5; Preston 2, Sheffield Hallam 1; Bowdon 2, Doncaster 1.

Men's Conference East: Teddington 1, Richmond 2; Cambridge City 2, Oxted 2; Brighton and Hove 2, Harleston Magpies 2; Sevenoaks 3, Southgate 1.