Cannock fight to win over Brooklands

Cannock's Hardeep Singh Jawanda in action against Surbiton. Credit Tim Reder - 450


Cannock dragged themselves out of the bottom two – and dented Brooklands Manchester University’s play-off hopes – with a dramatic 6-4 comeback victory in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Cannock took the lead inside 30 seconds with Martin Ebbage firing home, and it got even better for the home side on six minutes as Jayshaan Randhawa tucked home a corner.

But Brooklands soon struck back and stunned Cannock with four goals before the break with Aidan Khares, Richard Slater, Stefan Ray-Hills and Thomas Lush all finding the target.

However, instead of capitulating Cannock came back stronger in the second half and after Thomas Morris pulled one back, Hardeep Singh Jawanda levelled the scores with a penalty stroke. A late double from Arjan Drayton Chana then won them the game.

Holcombe also had to mount a comeback to beat East Grinstead 3-2 and keep their five-point lead at the top. They trailed 2-1 after Chris Griffiths and Adam Seccull had cancelled out Nick Bandurak’s early opener.

But with nine minutes remaining, James Stedman made it 2-2 and Richard Lane hit the winner four minutes later.

Reading moved up to second with a 4-0 win over bottom club Canterbury. Simon Mantell hit a brace, while Richard Mantell and Ben Boon were also on target.

Surbiton drop to third after a 4-1 defeat at Wimbledon. Phil Ball hit two for the hosts and Ian Sloan and Caspar Phijiffer got their other goals. Gareth Furlong hit a last-minute consolation for Surbiton.

Beeston beat Hampstead and Westminster 3-2. Mo Gandhi, Chris Proctor and Gordon McIntyre scored for Beeston, Nick Giles and Toby Roche for Hampstead.

Men's Conference West

Cardiff and Met survived a tough test to win 2-1 at the University of Exeter with Jack Pritchard and Luke Hawker finding the net. They lead the Men’s Conference West by six points.

Team Bath Buccaneers are still second after drawing 4-4 with Isca. John Sterlini led the scoring with a brace for Bath.

Chichester Priory Park picked up only their second win of the season as the bottom two clubs met. They beat Guildford 3-0.

Fareham beat the University of Birmingham 3-1 and Indian Gymkhana were 2-1 victors against Cheltenham.

Men's Conference East

Southgate underlined their status as Men’s Conference East leaders with an impressive 6-2 win over Teddington. Jonty Robinson hit a hat-trick and Tim Whiteman, Duncan Scott and Sam Mee added the others. Andrew Pett struck twice for Teddington.

Eighth-placed West Herts pulled off a shock 5-0 win over Brighton and Hove on Saturday with Dan Webster scoring twice.

Second-placed Richmond struck twice in the last ten minutes to inflict a 4-3 defeat on Cambridge City and Bromley and Beckenham drew 2-2 with Harleston Magpies. In the other game on Sunday, Sevenoaks beat Oxted 5-3.

Men's Conference North

Playing on Saturday, Loughborough Students showed why they are top of the Men’s Conference North with a clinical 11-1 win over Wakefield. Luke Taylor hit an impressive five goals.

The University of Durham were also in goal-scoring form, beating Preston 8-1 with eight different players getting on their score sheet.

Matt Steventon scored twice as Deeside Ramblers took a 4-2 win over Doncaster and Bowdon beat Lichfield 3-2. Olton and West Warwicks also took three points with a 3-0 win over Sheffield Hallam.

* The above photograph shows Hardeep Singh Jawanda in action against Surbiton. Credit: Tim Reder.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, February 20 2016):

Men's Conference North: Wakefield 1, Loughborough Students 11.

Men's Conference East: Brighton and Hove 0, West Herts 5.

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, February 21 2016):

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

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

Men's Conference North: Olton and West Warwicks 3, Sheffield Hallam 0; Bowdon 3, Lichfield 2; Deeside Ramblers 4, Doncaster 2; University of Durham 8, Preston 1.

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

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