Brooklands battle to another win

Brooklands MU captain Peter Flanagan celebrates, Credit Mark Henderson - 450

Brooklands Manchester University go into the Christmas break on a high after coming from behind to take a 3-2 win over Hampstead and Westminster in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Neil Hamilton gave Hampstead the lead on eight minutes with a penalty stroke. Peter Flanagan levelled the scores eight minutes later but Hampstead once again took the lead with a goal from Matt Botha.

However, a double from Sam Perrin in the second half made it 3-2 to Brooklands who move to within two points of a play-off berth.

The day’s other game between Reading and Wimbledon looked to be heading for low-scoring conclusion after a single Peter Kelly goal separated the two sides at the break.

But the second half exploded into life and the game ended 5-3 to Reading with Ben Boon and Tom Carson both scoring twice for Reading. James Jewell, Johnny Kinder and Steve Ebbers all scored for Wimbledon.

There were three top flight games on the Saturday with leaders Holcombe among the teams in action.

They still lead the table on goal difference but needed a late winner to beat Cannock. Ashley Jackson put Holcombe ahead before Peter Jackson replied for Cannock.

James Stedman then put Holcombe in the lead but the scores were squared again when Arjan Drayton Chana struck with five minutes remaining. But Barry Middleton had the last say, firing home in the 68th minute.

A Matt Daly double helped Surbiton to a 4-3 win over Beeston with Dave Beckett and Rupert Shipperley scoring their other goals. Mark Gleghorne hit a brace for Beeston in reply and Stuart Pilgrim was also on target.

In Saturday’s other game, Canterbury drew 2-2 with East Grinstead. Craig Boyne scored both of Canterbury’s goals with Sam Driver and Dom Bowden replying for East Grinstead.

Conference West

Guildford pulled off a shock result in the Conference West by inflicting Cardiff and Met’s first defeat of the season.

Luke Saunders had given Guildford the lead after 32 minutes but a goal from James Kyriakdes had levelled the scores. But with two minutes remaining, James Ferguson scored the winner to take Guildford’s third win of the campaign.

Team Bath Buccaneers took full advantage of Cardiff’s slip-up by moving into second place with a 4-2 win over Cheltenham. They are now four points behind the leaders.

Fareham’s game against the University of Exeter and Chichester Priory Park’s match at home to the University of Birmingham both finished 2-2. Isca took a narrow 1-0 win over Indian Gymkhana.

Conference East

It was top against bottom in the Conference East as winless Harleston Magpies hosted leaders Richmond.

There looked to be only one winner in the game but Harleston pulled off a fantastic upset, winning 2-0 with goals from Ben Wright and Archie Winter.

Southgate are now only two points behind Richmond after beating Bromley and Beckenham 2-1 on Saturday.

Cambridge City have moved up to third with a 3-2 defeat of Sevenoaks and Brighton and Hove were 3-0 winners against Oxted. West Herts came from 3-1 down to draw 4-4 with Teddington.

Conference North

Loughborough Students remain top of the Conference North after beating Sheffield Hallam 3-1. James Legg had given Hallam the lead at the break but a brace from Ed Horler and a third from Matt Leigh same them come from behind to win.

Lichfield are finding points hard to come by but they almost picked one up against Deeside Ramblers. The two sides were drawing 2-2 until the 65th minute when Ed Peel struck to give Deeside the points.

Wakefield beat Olton and West Warwicks 4-2 and Preston were 2-1 winners against Bowdon. Doncaster beat the University of Durham 2-1.

* The above photograph shows Brooklands Manchester University’s Peter Flanagan celebrating a goal. For useage contact

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 28 2015):

Men's Premier Division: Surbiton 4, Beeston 3; Canterbury 2, East Grinstead 2; Cannock 2, Holcombe 3.

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

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 29 2015):

Men's Premier Division: Brooklands Manchester University 3, Hampstead and Westminster 2; Reading 5, Wimbledon 3.

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

Men's Conference North: Sheffield Hallam 1, Loughborough Students 3; Lichfield 2, Deeside Ramblers 3; Preston 2, Bowdon 1; Wakefield 4, Olton and West Warwicks 2; Doncaster 1, University of Durham 2.

Men's Conference East: Oxted 0, Brighton and Hove 3; Cambridge City 3, Sevenoaks 2; Harleston Magpies 2, Richmond 0; West Herts 4, Teddington 4.