Gleghorne hits hat-trick in win over Brooklands

Hat-trick hero Mark Gleghorne in action against Loughborough Students last weekend Credit Andy Smith 450

Mark Gleghorne hit a stunning hat-trick to lead Beeston to a 3-2 win over Brooklands Manchester University in the Men’s Premier Division.

That’s now five goals in just two games for the penalty corner specialist. Aidan Khares hit back for Brooklands in the first half and Dave Flanagan pulled another back from the penalty spot in the second half but Beeston held on for their second win in two games.

Holcombe have also taken maximum points and are the early leaders of the division after a 3-0 win over Reading with goals from Sam Ward, Rob Field and Nick Bandurak.

After drawing with Reading on the opening day of the season, East Grinstead claimed their first win as Robbert Schenk netted twice in a 4-3 win over Canterbury.

Canterbury held a 2-0 lead at the break with Kris Glass and Tom Bean finding the target.

But three goals in as many minutes from Schenk, Dominic Bowden and Wesley Jackson put East Grinstead into the lead and Schenk made it 4-1 on 66 minutes. Craig Boyne reduced the arrears for Canterbury in the dying seconds.

After firing in a hat-trick last weekend, Matt Guise Brown was once again the main man for Hampstead and Westminster, scoring twice in a 2-2 draw. Late goals from Alan Forsyth and Matt Daly earned their side a point.

Sunday's only game saw goals from Simon Mantell and Chris Gregg hand Wimbledon a 2-0 win over Loughborough Students.

Men’s Conference West

Luke Hawker scored a hat-trick as Cardiff and Met continued their good start to the season with an 8-1 win over the University of Bristol.

Liam Brignull scored two while Chris Hardy, Owain Dolan Gray and Dan Kyriakides were also on target.

The University of Exeter also made it two wins out of two with a convincing 6-0 victory over Cheltenham. Max Heaver and Edward Matts both scored twice.

Goals from Matt Cox and Alex Baxter saw Chichester come from behind to beat Isca 3-2, and a brace from Oliver Woodcock helped Team Bath Buccaneers to a 4-0 win at Fareham.

Elsewhere, University of Birmingham’s home game against old Georgians was postponed.

Men’s Conference North

David Greenough hit three as Preston ran out 5-1 winners over Doncaster in the Conference North.

Late goals from Owen Fletcher and Ben Heywood ensured the hosts started the season with back-to-back wins.

The University of Durham survived a late comeback, hanging on to a 3-2 victory over Olton & West Warwicks, to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.

Sheffield Hallam scored with the last play of the match to claim a 1-0 victory at Leek, whilst Bowdon secured their first win of the season with a comfortable 6-0 defeat of Oxton.

Deeside Ramblers took all three points with a 2-1 away victory at Cannock.

Men’s Conference East

Southgate are the early pacesetters in the Conference East after a comprehensive 8-0 win over Indian Gymkhana.

Timmy Smyth and Duncan Scott both scored two, with Kit Cutter, John Sterlini, Sam Mee and Charles Hardy all on target.

Two goals from Tejinder Hanspal helped Sevenoaks maintain their unbeaten start in a 3-2 away win at Cambridge City.

Wapping and West Herts shared the points after a 2-2 draw, in which the visitors scored two goals in two second half minutes.

Oxted were held 1-1 at home against Brighton and Hove, whilst Richmond and Teddington also drew 1-1.

* The above photograph shows hat-trick hero Mark Gleghorne in action against Loughborough Students last weekend. Credit Andy Smith.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, September 24 2016):

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

Men's Conference West: Chichester 3, Isca 2; University of Birmingham P, Old Georgians P; University of Exeter 6, Cheltenham 0; Cardiff and Met 8, University of Bristol 1; Fareham 0, Team Bath Buccaneers 4.

Men’s Conference North: University of Durham 3, Olton and West Warwicks 2; Preston 5, Doncaster 1; Leek 0, Sheffield Hallam 1; Oxton 0, Bowdon 6; Cannock 1, Deeside Ramblers 2.

Men’s Conference East: Cambridge City 2, Sevenoaks 3; Southgate 8, Indian Gymkhana 0; Oxted 1, Brighton and Hove 1; Wapping 2, West Herts 2; Richmond 1, Teddington 1.