Champs Wimbledon overcome rivals Holcombe

James Albery scores on his 21st birthday. Credit David Kissman 450

Reigning champions Wimbledon went top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division after an impressive 2-1 away victory away at Holcombe on Saturday evening.

Both sides had won their opening two games of the season, but two goals in four minutes from Ben Arnold gave the visitors their third win of the campaign, despite a late Gareth Andrew consolation for Holcombe.

Hot on their heels are Beeston, who maintained their 100 per cent record with a 4-2 home victory over Reading.

Mark Gleghorne was on form again, scoring two more to take his season tally to seven goals, while James Albery and Jonny Wilkinson were also on target for Beeston.

Surbiton registered their first victory of the season on Saturday evening, a 5-3 home win over Canterbury.

The visitors twice went in front but goals from David Goodfield (2), Alan Forsyth, William Marshall and Gareth Furlong saw the hosts take all three points.

Hampstead and Westminster secured a comfortable 4-1 win at home to Loughborough Students on Sunday, thanks to a pair of goals from player-coach Kwan Browne.

East Grinstead secured all three points with a 3-1 home victory over Brooklands Manchester University.

Ashley Jackson scored twice and Andy Piper was also on the scoresheet as the hosts remain unbeaten.

Men’s Conference West

Cardiff and Met claimed their third straight win in exciting fashion with a 4-3 victory at home against the University of Birmingham.

Luke Hawker and Jacob Draper both scored twice to secure the points, as the visitors lost their perfect start despite a brace from Josh Kelly and one for Tom Poustie.

Two goals in the last 13 minutes gave the University of Exeter all three points in a 2-0 win over rivals Isca on Saturday.

James Tindall scored twice to lead Old Georgians to a comfortable 5-1 home win against bottom of the table University of Bristol.

Elsewhere, Team Bath Buccaneers ran out convincing 4-0 winners at Cheltenham, whilst Fareham registered their first point, drawing 2-2 with Chichester.

Men’s Conference North

The University of Durham are the only side in the Men’s Conference North with a 100 per cent record, as first half goals from Rory Patterson and Luke Hudson saw them triumph 2-1 at Preston.

Olton & West Warwicks moved into second place, as Martin Ebbage scored a second-half hat trick to give them a 4-1 home win over Sheffield Hallam.

Goals from Andrew Appleton and Josh Pettinger gave Doncaster all three points in a 2-0 win at Leek.

Matthew Plunkett scored two minutes from time to register Cannock’s first point of the season, a 3-3 draw at Oxton, and Deeside Ramblers remain unbeaten, but were also held to a 3-3 draw at Bowdon.

Men’s Conference East

Southgate lead the way in the Men’s Conference East after Kit Cutter, Simeon Bird and Joe Sterlini goals gave them a 3-1 home victory over Oxted.

A brace from Tejindar Hanspal helped Sevenoaks keep pace at the top, also moving on to maximum points with a 5-2 home win over Brighton and Hove.

Dan Webster scored one minute from time to give West Herts all three points over Teddington in a 2-1 win, and Richmond kept a second clean sheet of the season with a 2-0 win against Cambridge City.

Indian Gymkhana secured their first point of the campaign with a 3-3 draw against Wapping in Saturday’s match.

* The above photograph shows James Albery celebrating a goal on his 21st birthday. Credit: David Kissman.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 1 2016):

Men's Premier Division: Holcombe 1, Wimbledon 2; Surbiton 5, Canterbury 3.

Men's Conference East: Indian Gymkhana 3, Wapping 3.

Men's Conference West: Isca 0, University of Exeter 2.

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 2 2016):

Men’s Premier Division: Beeston 4, Reading 2; East Grinstead 3, Brooklands MU 1; Hampstead and Westminster 4, Loughborough Students 1.

Men's Conference East: Richmond 2, Cambridge City 0; Sevenoaks 5, Brighton and Hove 2; Southgate 3, Oxted 1; West Herts 2, Teddington 1.

Men's Conference North: Bowdon 3, Deeside Ramblers 3; Leek 0, Doncaster 2; Olton & West Warwicks 4, Sheffield Hallam 1; Oxton 3, Cannock 3; Preston 1, University of Durham 2.

Men's Conference West: Cardiff & Met 4, University of Birmingham 3; Cheltenham 0, Team Bath Buccaneers 4; Fareham 2, Chichester 2; Old Georgians 5, University of Bristol 1.