Hampstead top the table in Men's Premier Division

Mark Gleghorne, who scored for Beeston in their match at Wimbledon. Credit David Kissman - 450


Hampstead and Westminster moved to the top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division after a dramatic 2-1 home victory over Brooklands Manchester University on Sunday.

Stefan Ray-Hills looked to have given Brooklands their first point of the season, when he cancelled out Matt Guise Brown’s opener with ten minutes to go.

But Rupert Shipperley converted a penalty corner four minutes from time to send the hosts top on goal difference after four games.

Previous leaders Wimbledon had to settle for a point as they drew 2-2 at home to Beeston.

The hosts twice came from behind, as goals from Steven Ebbers and Ben Arnold cancelled out strikes from Chris Proctor and the division’s leading scorer Mark Gleghorne (pictured), with both sides remaining unbeaten.

Surbiton claimed all three points after a 4-2 home victory over East Grinstead.

David Goodfield scored a brace, taking his season tally to four, with William Marshall and Richard Hildreth also on target.

Reading won their first game of the campaign, running out 4-1 winners over Canterbury.

James Carson and Edward Carson scored either side of a Richard Mantell brace to claim all three points, and leave Canterbury bottom of the table.

Men’s Conference West

The University of Exeter continued their perfect start to the season with a 6-3 win at the University of Bristol in the Men’s Conference West.

Tom Watson and Edward Matts both scored twice, whilst Conor Caplan and Daniel Jackson were also on target to move the visitors to the top of the table.

Team Bath Buccaneers held Old Georgians to a 2-2 draw. Ben Stone scored to level the game before the break and earn the hosts a point. Old Georgians remain unbeaten.

Dan Smith scored in the second half to give Isca a 2-1 win over Fareham, whilst the University of Birmingham drew 1-1 at Cheltenham to secure their first point of the season.

Cardiff & Met’s game at Chichester was postponed due to Cardiff’s participation in the Euro Hockey League.

Men’s Conference North

The University of Durham maintained their unbeaten start to the season to top the Men’s Conference North after a 3-2 win at Deeside Ramblers.

The visitors had been pegged back from 2-0 up, but Matthew Plater scored eight minutes from time to give Durham their fourth straight win.

Two goals for Tim Shelley helped Doncaster to a 4-1 home win against Cannock, whilst Sheffield Hallam won 3-1 against Oxton, with all four goals being scored in the five minutes before half time.

On Saturday, Preston beat Leek 5-1 thanks to a Ben Heywood hat-trick, and Thomas Ainsworth scored in the final minute to earn Bowdon a thrilling 5-4 win over Olton & West Warwicks.

Men’s Conference East

Southgate went back to the top of the Conference East on Sunday after a 4-1 win at Cambridge City.

Euan Gilmour had given Cambridge a seventh minute lead but goals from Sam Mee, Drew Burkin, Kit Cutter and Timmy Smyth ensured Southgate moved onto maximum points after four games.

Sevenoaks temporarily went top of the table on Saturday after a convincing 6-1 home win over West Herts, with Andrew Ross converting a hat-trick of penalty corners.

Three second half goals for Richmond, including two for Charlie Ellison, saw them preserve their unbeaten start with a 3-0 win at Wapping.

Chris Seddon scored twice as Teddington thrashed Oxted 7-2, whilst a 70th minute Joe Naughalty goal rescued a point for Brighton & Hove at home to Indian Gymkhana, who had Benjamin Greene dismissed late on.


* The above photograph shows Beeston’s Mark Gleghorne, who scored against Wimbledon today. Credit: David Kissman.


Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 8 2016):

Men's Conference North: Bowdon 5, Olton & West Warwicks 4; Preston 5, Leek 1.

Men's Conference East: Sevenoaks 6, West Herts 1; Wapping 0, Richmond 3.

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 9 2016):

Men's Premier Division: Hampstead and Westminster 2, Brooklands MU 1; Surbiton 4, East Grinstead 2; Wimbledon 2, Beeston 2; Reading 4, Canterbury 1.

Men's Conference East: Brighton and Hove 3, Indian Gymkhana 3; Cambridge City 1, Southgate 4; Teddington 7, Oxted 2.

Men's Conference North: Deeside Ramblers 2, University of Durham 3; Doncaster 4, Cannock 1; Sheffield Hallam 3, Oxton 1.

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