High five from Forsyth helps Surbiton to victory

Surbiton's Alan Forsyth, who scored five against Beeston. Credit Tim Reder - 450

Alan Forsyth scored five times to help Surbiton to a 6-1 victory over Beeston in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

The win means Surbiton move up to fourth, and are now just one point behind Beeston above them.

Forsyth opened the scoring in the seventh minute before David Beckett doubled the lead. Forsyth found the target again just before the break but Mark Gleghorne reduced the deficit for Beeston just before the whistle brought the first half to a close.

In the second half, Forsyth added to his haul with strikes in the 44th, 68th and 69th minutes.

Leaders Holcombe also scored six goals as they beat Brooklands Manchester University 6-0 with goals coming from Sam Ward, Gareth Andrew, Rob Field, Aaronvir Cheema, Iain Lewers and Jonty Robinson.

Wimbledon moved up to second after a 5-3 win over East Grinstead. Chris Gregg scored twice for Wimbledon with their other goals coming through Ben Arnold, Peter Millar and Simon Mantell.

Martin Scanlon, Ashley Jackson and Andy Piper replied for East Grinstead and they could have pushed the home side even closer but for a missed Ashley Jackson penalty stroke.

Hampstead and Westminster are up to fifth after a 4-1 win over Reading. Rupert Shipperley opened the scoring in the 28th minute and a quickfire double from Matt Guise Brown made it 3-0.

Chris Cargo then added a fourth for Hampstead before Richard Mantell converted from a penalty corner with two minutes left for a Reading consolation.

Two goals in four minutes from Tom Bean helped Canterbury battle to a 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Loughborough Students.

In the battle between two teams without any points, it was Loughborough who took the lead with Ed Horler scoring on 42 minutes.

But Bean found the goal on 58 and 62 minutes to give Canterbury the points.

Men’s Conference West

Cardiff and Met are still unbeaten in Men’s Conference West after beating the University of Exeter 2-1 - but they needed a late winner to take all three points with Owain Dolan Gray scoring in the 67th minute.

The result allowed Team Bath Buccaneers to overtake the University of Exeter and move up to second after a thrilling 5-3 win over Isca.

James Tindall hit a hat-trick as Old Georgians beat Cheltenham 4-2 and the bottom two clubs, the University of Bristol and Fareham, played out a 3-3 draw.

Chichester scored a late goal to beat the University of Birmingham 5-4 and their hero was Oli Baxter who scored three.

Men’s Conference North

Harry Sherlock hit a hat-trick to give Leek only their second win of the campaign, a 4-3 defeat of Oxton which moved them up to eighth.

University of Durham remain top of the table as they chalked up their eighth consecutive win. They raced to an early 3-0 lead against Sheffield Hallam and ended the game as 4-1 victors.

Olton and West Warwicks are the division’s top scorers and they put three past Doncaster to hold on to second place.

Deeside Ramblers beat Preston 3-2 and in the other game of the day, Bowdon needed a 68th minute Mike Shaw strike to beat hosts Cannock 1-0 as both sides ended the game with a kicking back.

Men’s Conference East

Southgate suffered their first defeat of the season as they lost 3-2 to Teddington. Andy Pett and Charlie Brooke put Teddington two goals up inside six minutes before Drew Burkin pulled one back just before half time.

Pett added a third for Teddington and that was enough to take victory despite Burkin scoring his second just before the whistle.

A Dan Webster hat-trick saw West Herts beat Indian Gymkhana 6-1 with Shea O’Sullivan scoring a brace.

Sevenoaks stay second after a 1-1 draw at third-placed Richmond, George Torry scoring their second half goal after John Harris had given Richmond the lead on 21 minutes.

Elsewhere, Cambridge City won 5-2 at Oxted, while Brighton and Hove also won on the road, beating hosts Wapping 2-1.


* The above photograph shows Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth. Credit: Tim Reder.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 12 2016):

Men's Premier Division:
Wimbledon 5, East Grinstead 3; Brooklands Manchester University 0, Holcombe 6; Hampstead and Westminster 4, Reading 1; Surbiton 6, Beeston 1; Canterbury 2, Loughborough Students 1.

Men's Conference East: West Herts 6, Indian Gymkhana 1; Southgate 2, Teddington 3; Oxted 2, Cambridge City 5; Wapping 1, Brighton and Hove 2; Richmond 1, Sevenoaks 1.

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

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