Wimbledon hit six in Men's Premier Division

Beeston goalkeeper Simon Hujwan. Credit David Kissman 450

Wimbledon are still the only unbeaten side in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division after putting six past Reading on Sunday.

It was Reading that took an early lead with James Carson scoring after just five minutes.

But Wimbledon hit back with two from Simon Mantell, along with goals from Phil Roper, Chad Conlon, Ian Sloan and Phillip Ball which saw them run out 6-1 winners. The result takes them up to third.

Beeston are still second after a narrow win against Hampstead and Westminster, Mark Gleghorne scoring the only goal of the game.

Home goalkeeper Simon Hujwan (pictured) was the man of the match, making a string of important saves to keep a clean sheet.

Holcombe are still two points clear at the top the table after a 2-0 win over East Grinstead, Sam Ward and Nick Bandurak being on target.

Loughborough Students almost took their first point of the season at Surbiton but were undone by two late goals.

Liam Ansell and Alan Forsyth had put Surbiton two up but Loughborough rallied and goals from Matt Ramshaw and Andrew Webb saw them draw level.

However, Gareth Furlong broke Loughborough hearts when he tucked in from a penalty corner with four minutes left on the clock, and Forsyth made it 4-2 two minutes later.

There was a pulsating end to the Brooklands Manchester University match as they claimed only their second win of the season with a 2-1 win over Canterbury.

Thomas Lush broke the deadlock from a penalty corner on 48 minutes. Then, in the 68th minute, Will Heywood stunned Brooklands with an equaliser but within seconds of the restart, Richard Slater put Brooklands back into the lead.

Men’s Conference East

Southgate won the battle of the top two in the Men’s Conference East, triumphing 3-2 at home to Sevenoaks.

Tejinder Hanspal’s tenth of the season had given the visitors - who went into the game with a 100 per cent record - a first half lead.

Second half goals from John Sterlini, Drew Burkin and Joe Bradley gave the home side victory, and despite a late consolation from Andrew Ross, Southgate moved to the top of the table.

Richmond remain unbeaten after a 2-1 win at Oxted with goals from Steve O’Connor and Joe Rich, despite Jethro Eustice levelling for the hosts.

A Matt Daly brace helped Teddington to a 4-1 home win over Wapping, and Dan Webster hit three as West Herts ran out 4-1 winners at Brighton & Hove.

Elsewhere, Darren Cheesman scored one minute from time to give Cambridge City a 2-1 win at Indian Gymkhana.

Men’s Conference North

Seven proved to be the lucky number for the University of Durham as they made it seven wins from seven with a 7-0 win at Oxton to stay top of the Conference North.

Matthew Plater gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at the break, but six goals in 19 second half minutes from Samad Suleman (2), Elliot Dowley, Cameron Rule, Ali Jordan and Charlie Stubbings gave them a convincing three points.

Olton & West Warwicks stayed second with a 5-1 win at Preston, Martin Ebbage and Jack Mallett amongst the scorers.

Ben White’s eighth of the season was enough to give Bowdon the edge in a 3-2 win at Sheffield Hallam.

Elsewhere, Nathan Smith scored six minutes from time to give Leek their first points of the campaign, a 3-2 win at Cannock, whilst Deeside Ramblers and Doncaster had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Men’s Conference West

Cardiff & Met failed to win in the league for the first time this season, as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Cheltenham in the Conference West.

Luke Cole scored for the hosts just after the break, but Ben Carless rescued a point for the Welsh side who preserved their unbeaten start and stayed top.

The University of Exeter closed the gap to just a point with a comprehensive 6-2 win at Chichester, Ben Francis scoring a hat trick and Tom Watson adding a brace.

Adam Croutear also scored a hat trick to help Team Bath Buccaneers to a 6-1 home win over the University of Bristol.

Elsewhere, James Tindall scored his tenth of the campaign as Old Georgians won 3-2 at Isca, whilst the University of Birmingham won 2-0 at Fareham.


* The above photograph shows Beeston goalkeeper Simon Hujwan. Credit: David Kissman.


Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 6 2016):

Men's Premier Division: Beeston 1, Hampstead and Westminster 0; Brooklands MU 2, Canterbury 1; Holcombe 2, East Grinstead 0; Loughborough Students 2, Surbiton 4; Reading 1, Wimbledon 6.

Men's Conference East: Brighton and Hove 1, West Herts 4; Indian Gymkhana 1, Cambridge City 2; Oxted 1, Richmond 2; Southgate 3, Sevenoaks 2; Teddington 4, Wapping 1.

Men's Conference North: Cannock 2, Leek 3; Deeside Ramblers 1, Doncaster 1; Oxton 0, University of Durham 7; Preston 1, Olton & West Warwicks 5; Sheffield Hallam 2, Bowdon 3.

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