Holcombe stay top after fightback at Beeston

Sam Ward scores the equaliser for Holcombe in the game at Beeston - David Kissman 450

A Barry Middleton brace helped Holcombe to come from behind against Beeston as they tightened their grip on the top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Beeston led at the break with goals from Elliott Hibell and Chris Proctor. But it proved to be a game of two halves as Barry Middleton hauled Holcombe back into contention with a goal in the 49th minute.

The comeback continued with a Sam Ward strike and then Middleton put the visitors ahead in the 61st minute.

There was still drama left in the game as Beeston thought they had equalised with five minutes remaining - but the goal was disallowed, and the defeat sees them drop to fifth.

Alan Forsyth’s great form continued as he hit a hat-trick in Surbiton’s 6-2 defeat of Brooklands Manchester University.

A Rob Farrington strike, along with Forsyth’s first two goals, had given Surbiton a 3-0 lead at half time. Although the students scored twice after the break through Stefan Ray-Hills and Benedict Van Woerkom, they were outgunned with Gareth Furlong and Luke Noblett extending Surbiton’s lead before Forsyth completed his hat-trick. The result sees Surbiton go third.

Wimbledon remain second after a 5-2 win at home against Canterbury. Simon Mantell, Chad Conlon, Nathanael Stewart, Peter Millar and Steven Ebbers were all on target for the home side with Cale Cramer and Craig Boyne replying for the visitors.

Matt Guise Brown took his tally of penalty corner goals up to 10 for the season with two against East Grinstead as his Hampstead and Westminster side won 3-2.

Sam French was also on the score sheet for Hampstead with Martin Scanlon and Sam Driver scoring for East Grinstead.

Loughborough Students are still without a point at the foot of the table after a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Reading. Reading’s goals came from a Montgomery Jefferson brace and a Tom Carson strike with Ed Horler grabbing a late consolation for Loughborough.

Men’s Conference East

Southgate moved top of the Men’s Conference East after a comfortable 4-0 win at West Herts on Sunday.

Timmy Smyth scored the only goal of the first half, before Giulio Ferrini, Adam Miller and John Sterlini all added goals in the second to move the visitors top.

Richmond remain unbeaten and move second, after a single Josh Smith goal four minutes from time gave them all three points at Brighton and Hove.

Cambridge City beat Wapping 4-1, whilst a Robbert Schenk brace helped Oxted to a 4-0 win at Indian Gymkhana.

On Saturday Sevenoaks, who were leaders at the start of the start of the weekend, were defeated 2-1 at home by Teddington.

Tejinder Hanspal’s eleventh of the season had cancelled out Richard Gear-Evans’ opener for the visitors, but Matt Daly converted a penalty corner one minute from time to give Teddington the points.

Men’s Conference North

The University of Durham made it nine wins from nine after a 2-1 victory at Doncaster in the Men’s Conference North.

Charlie Stubbings scored twice to take his season tally to eight, as the visitors stay six points clear at the top of the table.

Tom Mallett hit a hat trick as Olton and West Warwicks secured a convincing 6-2 home victory over Cannock to stay second.

Bowdon claimed all three points in dramatic fashion with a 4-3 win at home to Leek.

The visitors led the game 3-1 with just five minute to play, but David Egerton and Oliver Stoddart strikes levelled, before Mike Shaw’s second of the match gave Bowdon the victory in the last minute.

Sheffield Hallam also recorded an impressive comeback securing an unlikely point at home to Deeside Ramblers in a 4-4 draw, having trailed 4-0 after 20 minutes.

Preston defeated Oxton 3-2 in the other Conference North game.

Men’s Conference West

Cardiff and Met stayed top of the Men’s Conference West, but did not have it all their own way as they edged out bottom of the table Fareham 3-2.

James Seager and Robert Wilson had twice given Fareham the lead, but goals from James Kyriakides, Jack Pritchard and Ioan Wall gave Cardiff all three points.

Team Bath Buccaneers’ impressive form continued as second half strikes from Ben Stone and Adam Croutear gave them a 2-0 win at the University of Birmingham.

The University of Exeter survived a late rally from Old Georgians, as they held on to a 3-2 victory to stay third in the table.

Elsewhere, Mohamed Samak scored twice to help Cheltenham defeat Isca 5-3, and two late Martin Gough goals earned Chichester a point as their game at the University of Bristol finished all square.


* The above photograph shows Sam Ward scoring the equaliser for Holcombe in the game at Beeston. Credit: David Kissman.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, 19 November 2016):

Men's Conference East: Sevenoaks 1, Teddington 2.

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, 20 November 2016):

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

Men's Conference East: Cambridge City 4, Wapping 1; Brighton and Hove 0, Richmond 1; West Herts 0, Southgate 4; Indian Gymkhana 0, Oxted 4.

Men's Conference North: Olton and West Warwicks 6, Cannock 2; Sheffield Hallam 4, Deeside Ramblers 4; Preston 3, Oxton 2; Doncaster 1, University of Durham 2; Bowdon 4, Leek 3.

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