Watt and Guise Brown hat-trick heroes for Hampstead and Westminster

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Michael Watt and Matt Guise-Brown both scored hat-tricks as Hampstead and Westminster opened their account with a stunning 7-2 victory over Canterbury in the Men’s Premier Division.

The game was level at 2-2 up until the 37th minute with Watt and Guise Brown on target for Hampstead and Tom Bean and Craig Boyne replying for the visitors.

But it was all Hampstead from that point on with Watt and Guise Brown completing their trebles and Chris Cargo scoring their other goal.

Mark Gleghorne converted two corners for Beeston as they beat Loughborough Students 3-1 on the road. Chris Proctor also found the net with Tom Crowson pulling one back late on for the home side.

Holcombe didn’t lose a single game last season and they carried their form over with a 3-2 win over Surbiton on Saturday.

After going behind to a Nick Parkes goal on six minutes, a Sam Ward brace and a Gareth Andrew strike put Holcombe 3-1 up. Morgan Males pulled one back for the visitors.

A Simon Mantell double helped Wimbledon to a 4-1 victory over Brooklands Manchester University. Ian Sloan and Phil Bell scored the others for the winners with Peter Flanagan bagging the consolation for the students.

A late Ed Carson goal earned a point for Reading as they drew 2-2 with East Grinstead. Sam Driver and Nick Caitlin got East Grinstead off the mark but Carson’s goal, in addition to an earlier Dan Shingles effort, gave Reading a share of the spoils.

Men’s Conference West

James Tindall was in scintillating form as newly-promoted Old Georgians made an explosive start to life in the Conference West with a thrilling 6-1 win over Fareham.

Fareham took an early lead but Tindall soon turned the game on its head, scoring a hat-trick inside two minutes making it 3-1 with just eight minutes on the clock.

Liam Doidge and Elliott Messem got in on the action too and Old Georgians were 5-1 up at the break. But Tindall wasn’t done yet and added a sixth five minutes from time.

Cheltenham beat Chichester 3-1 and last year’s league toppers Cardiff and Met beat runners-up Team Bath Buccaneers 3-2. The University of Exeter also won 3-2, seeing off the challenge of the University of Birmingham.

Playing on the Saturday, Isca beat the University of Bristol 3-2 at home.

Men’s Conference North

Deeside Ramblers’ Ali Ghazanfar hit a hat-trick in an incredible 10-goal draw as their match against Oxton ended 5-5.

Ramblers led 5-3 with five minutes remaining but late goals from Callum McDougall and Alistair McKenzie levelled the scores for the visitors.

Doncaster came from behind twice as they beat Bowdon 4-2 with Tim Shelley, Matt Gibson, Henry Pymm and Joshua Oades on target.

After their relegation from the Premier Division, Cannock started life in the Conference North with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the University of Durham on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, Olton and West Warwicks took an 8-0 win over Leek with Stuart Pilgrim and Steven Batten both hitting a brace.

A Steven Masterson double helped Preston to a 3-2 win on the road at Sheffield Hallam.

Men’s Conference East

Oxted started the new season with a bang in the Conference East, running out comfortable 4-0 winners on the road at West Herts on Sunday, Oliver Whiteley and Andy Cornick among the goals.

A brace from Joe Naughalty was not enough to save Brighton and Hove from an opening day 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Southgate.

Two goals inside the first ten minutes secured Cambridge City all three points in a 2-0 win at Teddington.

Saturdays’ games saw last season’s Conference East winners, Richmond, claim a 4-0 victory away at Indian Gymkhana, whilst Sevenoaks came from behind to secure a 2-1 win at home to Wapping.

The above photograph shows Loughborough’s Matt Leigh and Beeston’s Mark Gleghorne battling for possession. Credit: Andy Smith.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, September 17 2016):

Men's Premier Division: Holcombe 3, Surbiton 2.

Men's Conference West: Isca 3, University of Bristol 2.

Men’s Conference North: Cannock 1, University of Durham 4; Olton and West Warwicks 8, Leek 0; Sheffield Hallam 2, Preston 3.

Men’s Conference East: Indian Gymkhana 0, Richmond 4; Sevenoaks 2, Wapping 1.

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, September 18 2016):

Men’s Premier Division: East Grinstead 2, Reading 2; Loughborough Students 1, Beeston 3; Hampstead and Westminster 7, Canterbury 2; Wimbledon 4, Brooklands Manchester University 1.

Men's Conference West: Cheltenham 3, Chichester 1; University of Birmingham 2, University of Exeter 3; Team Bath Buccaneers 2, Cardiff and Met 3; Old Georgians 6, Fareham 1.

Men's Conference North: Deeside Ramblers 5, Oxton 5; Doncaster 4, Bowdon 2.

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