Canterbury shock Surbiton in Premier Division

wei adams canterbury feb 14 2016 450 credit simon parker


Bottom of the table Canterbury pulled off a shock 4-2 victory over second-placed Surbiton as the battle to avoid the drop intensifies in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Wei Adams scored twice for Canterbury with Andrew Sutherland and Craig Boyne also on target to help register just their second league victory of the season. Scott Evans and Robert Marx scored the consolation goals for Surbiton.

Defeat for Surbiton means they slip to four points behind leaders Holcombe who could only draw 3-3 at home to Reading, Stephane Vehrle-Smith, Sam Ward and Gareth Andrew scoring the goals as the league leaders recovered from 3-1 down at the break. John Jackson hit a double for Reading and their third was added by Simon Mantell.

Cannock nearly staged a remarkable comeback at Wimbledon, two goals from Jayshaan Randhawa and one from Arjan Drayton Chana pulling them back to 4-3 after Ali Brogdon, James Jewell, Chris Gregg and Caspar Phijffer had given the hosts a commanding lead.

Beeston snatched a 2-2 draw away at Brooklands Manchester University, Harry Martin and James Albery scoring late goals after Stefan Ray-Hills and Richard Slater had put the hosts two in front.

Men’s Conference West

With Cardiff and Met not in action this weekend, Team Bath Buccaneers had the opportunity to close the gap at the top of the Men’s Hockey League Conference West and they took it with aplomb, beating Guildford 4-1.

John Sterlini led the scoring with a second-half brace and other goals came from Matt Ming and Ben Stone. James Ferguson hit a late consolation for Guildford. Cardiff lead the table by four points and have a game in hand.

Chichester Priory Park slumped to their tenth defeat of the season as Fareham beat them 3-1 and the University of Birmingham drew 0-0 with Cheltenham. On Saturday, the University of Exeter beat Isca 2-1.

Men’s Conference North

Loughborough Students extended their lead at the top of the Men’s Hockey League Conference North with a resounding 5-0 win over seventh-placed Deeside Ramblers.

Goals came from all around the pitch with Luke Taylor, Stephen Hunter, Daniel Faulkner, Seb Ainsley and Ed Horler all chipping in.

Bowdon are still second after winning 3-1, courtesy of a Mike Shaw brace. The University of Durham beat Sheffield Hallam 2-1 away from home and Matt Gibson was on target twice for Doncaster as they beat Preston 3-2.

On Saturday, Lichfield notched their second win of the season in style, beating Wakefield 6-1. They are still bottom of the table but the result will have given their confidence a real boost.

Men’s Conference East

Cambridge City ran riot in their game against Bromley and Beckenham in the Men’s Hockey League Conference East, running out 9-2 winners. Euan Gilmour hit a hat-trick and Tom Butler and Tom Crowson scored a brace each.

Southgate still top the table after beating Brighton and Hove 2-1 with goals from Timmy Smith and Giulio Ferrini on Saturday.

Richmond are a point off them in second and they beat West Herts 3-0. Charlie Ellison scored two of them.

A George Torry hat-trick helped Sevenoaks to a 3-2 win against Brighton and Hove on Sunday. It was two wins in two days for Sevenoaks with them beating Teddington 4-2 on Saturday. On Sunday, Robbert Schenk and Dylan Thomas both scored twice as Oxted beat Harleston Magpies 5-2.

* The above photograph shows Wei Adams of Canterbury, who scored two goals in their win over Surbiton. Credit: Simon Parker.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, February 13 2016):

Men’s Premier Division: Canterbury 4, Surbiton 2.

Men's Conference West: Isca 1, University of Exeter 2.

Men's Conference North: Lichfield 6, Wakefield 1.

Men's Conference East: Teddington 2, Sevenoaks 4; Southgate 2, Brighton and Hove 1.

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, February 14 2016):

Men’s Premier Division: Brooklands Manchester University 2, Beeston 2; Wimbledon 4, Cannock 3; Holcombe 3, Reading 3.

Men's Conference West: University of Birmingham 1, Cheltenham 3; Chichester Priory Park 1, Fareham 3; Team Bath Buccaneers 4, Guildford 1.

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

Men's Conference East: Cambridge City 9, Bromley and Beckenham 2; West Herts 0, Richmond 3; Sevenoaks 3, Brighton and Hove 2; Harleston Magpies 2, Oxted 5.

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