Gleghorne hat-trick helps Beeston beat Reading

Beeston's hat-trick hero Mark Gleghorne. Credit David Kissman - 450
Mark Gleghorne hit a hat-trick as Beeston ran out 3-1 home winners over Reading, leapfrogging their opponents in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Gleghorne (pictured) struck 14 times last season and had two in the first 19 minutes on Sunday, converting a sixth minute penalty corner before firing home a penalty stroke.

The 32-year-old had a chance for his hat-trick on 51 minutes when the hosts were awarded a second penalty stroke, but his effort was stopped by Reading goalkeeper Tommy Alexander.

Gleghorne was not to be denied though, converting a penalty corner eight minutes from time, and despite a last-minute consolation from Ben Francis, Beeston move second in the table.

Surbiton are top and hold the division’s only 100% record after a 2-1 home victory over Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday night.

The hosts were made to work for their points and were behind at the break thanks to Rupert Shipperley’s second goal of the campaign.

Surbiton rallied in the second half, James Gall tying the game on 54 minutes before the league’s leading scorer Luke Taylor secured the points with a penalty stroke with three minutes to play.

Holcombe started their double-header weekend with three points after a 3-2 home win over Sevenoaks on Saturday.

Nicholas Bandurak scored two and Robert Field was also on target, with Mike Barber and Andrew Ross pulling goals back for the visitors.

There was no such joy on Sunday though as they went down 5-1 at East Grinstead in their rearranged fixture from the opening day.

A goal apiece for David Condon, Chris Griffiths, Wesley Jackson, Tony Wilson and Simon Faulkner secured the win for the hosts, while Richard Lane was on target for Holcombe.

Brooklands MU made it back-to-back wins with a 4-1 victory at bottom club Canterbury.

Scoreless at the break, three goals in three minutes from Thomas Russell, Brynn Cleak and David Flanagan put the visitors in control, before Russell grabbed his second with nine minutes to go.

Mike Nowakowski struck a late consolation for the hosts, who are yet to secure a point this term.

Men’s Conference North
The University of Nottingham still hold the only 100% record in the Men’s Conference North. Bertie Mortimer converted a penalty corner in each half to secure the points in a 2-0 victory at Sheffield Hallam.

The University of Durham also remain unbeaten after a comprehensive 9-1 win at home to bottom of the table Preston, Richard Jackson scoring a hat-trick.

Bowdon are back to winning ways after a 3-2 victory over Doncaster, Oliver Stoddart netting two.

Harry Lankfer scored a brace as Leeds inflicted Loughborough Students’ first defeat of the season, running out 2-1 winners, whilst Cannock claimed a 2-1 win over Deeside Ramblers on Saturday evening.

Men’s Conference East
A whopping 40 goals were scored in five games in the Conference East this weekend and 11 of those went to leaders Oxted who thrashed West Herts on Sunday.

Robbert Schenk hit a hat-trick and Tom Rhodes two in the 11-0 rout, meaning Oxted extend their perfect start to the season with three-from-three.

There were 11 goals at St George’s College as well as Teddington edged out Old Georgians 6-5. James Tindall scored a hat-trick for the hosts to take his season's tally to seven but Matt Daly (3), Andy Pett (2) and Tim Davenport sent Teddington home from the thriller with the points.

Chichester rallied late but it was not enough to beat Brighton & Hove, the visitors winning 3-2 thanks to a brace from Joe Naughalty, who is also on seven goals for the campaign.

Unbeaten Cambridge City briefly led the table after their 5-3 win at Old Loughtonians on Saturday, Euan Gilmour firing a hat trick, whilst Southgate beat Richmond 3-2 in the day’s other game.

Men’s Conference West
The Men’s Hockey Conference West is proving to be very competitive, even at this early stage, with Olton and West Warwickshire currently top of the table.

They were defeated last time out but were worthy victors against the University of Exeter on Sunday, winning 4-2 with goals from Chris Beck, Ed James, Oscar Kay and Steve Batten.

Undoubtedly though the game of the day was the battle between Clifton Robinsons and the University of Birmingham, which the latter won 7-3.

Ed Whitworth led the scoring with a brace as Birmingham pulled away in the second half after the score was tied 2-2 at the break.

A Jamie Rawlings double helped Fareham to a 4-3 win against Havant and Isca beat Cheltenham 2-1, Dave King with the winner.

Cardiff and Met were playing in Europe and so Team Bath Buccaneers got a weekend off.

* The above photo shows Mark Gleghorne completing his hat-trick for Beeston. Credit: David Kissman.

* Full results, tables and fixtures from the Men’s Hockey League are available here.