Surbiton overcome Wimbledon challenge

Surbiton's Alan Forsyth. Credit Tim Reder - 450
Defending champions Surbiton made it four wins out of four in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division after a 2-1 victory at Wimbledon on Sunday.

Surbiton beat Wimbledon to the title in dramatic fashion last season, but the two sides were evenly matched with the scores level at the break.

It was Alan Forsyth who opened the scoring midway through the second half for the visitors with his fourth of the campaign, before Arjan Drayton-Chana doubled the advantage five minutes later.

Johnny Kinder gave the hosts hope when he pulled one back eight minutes from time but Surbiton held on to stay top, whilst last season’s league leaders are yet to win this term.

Robbie Gleeson scored twice as Beeston won 3-0 at Brooklands MU to stay second in the table.

Gleeson gave the visitors the lead after 21 minutes, before Sam Ward converted a penalty corner putting Beeston two up on the stroke of half time.

The points were secured nine minutes after the break, Gleeson grabbing his second of the afternoon as Beeston remain two points behind the leaders.

Michael Watt struck four as Hampstead and Westminster claimed a comfortable 7-0 win over Canterbury.

Star man Watt opened the scoring after just two minutes, before efforts from Matt Guise-Brown and Harry Martin put the hosts in control.

Watt had his hat-trick before the break with two in three minutes and he added a fourth on 40 minutes, before Jonny Gooch scored with a minute to play to seal an impressive three points.

East Grinstead made it back-to-back wins after a 3-1 defeat of Sevenoaks on Saturday.

Chris Griffiths gave East Grinstead the lead but Mike Barker equalised seven minutes later to send the sides the interval all square.

However, two goals in the last ten minutes for Liam Ansell and David Condon wrapped up the points for East Grinstead.

Second half goals from Daniel Webster and Nicholas Bandurak helped Holcombe to a 2-1 win at Reading, despite Ben Boon levelling the game for the hosts with his third of the season.

Men’s Conference North
The University of Nottingham recorded their fourth straight win in the Men’s Conference North with a 3-2 home defeat of Bowdon.

James Hodgkinson, Tom Sorsby and Edward Iffla gave the hosts the points, with Ben White’s brace for Bowdon proving to be a consolation.

Loughborough Students moved second on goal difference after a 3-1 win at Doncaster, Edward Firth and Tendo Kimuli amongst the scorers.

The University of Durham remain unbeaten but were held to a 3-3 at home to Cannock, Callum Stacey’s second of the afternoon four minutes from time giving the visitors a point.

Sam Apoola scored twice to help Leeds claim a 4-2 victory at bottom club Preston, whilst Deeside Ramblers picked up their first points of the campaign with a 4-0 win over Sheffield Hallam.

Men’s Conference East
Oxted preserved their perfect start to the season in the Men’s Conference North after a 5-0 win at Teddington.

Brad Logan opened the scoring after two minutes before second half goals from Sam Driver (2), Timothy Guise-Brown and Robbert Schenk saw the visitors pull clear.

Second half efforts from Euan Gilmour and Darren Cheeseman saw Cambridge City come from behind to maintain their unbeaten start with a 2-1 win over Chichester.

Brighton & Hove edged out Old Georgians 4-3, Joe Naughalty scoring after just 26 seconds and completing another hat trick to make it 10 goals in just four games.

Elsewhere Tyler Sundeen, Simeon Bird and John Sterlini all scored two as Southgate beat West Herts 7-1, whilst Richmond defeated Old Loughtonians 2-1 to register their first win of the season.

Men’s Conference West
The University of Exeter are the new leaders of the Men’s Conference West on goal difference after a 7-2 derby day win at Isca.

Sam Hooper hit a hat trick and James Ferguson a brace, with a goal apiece from Ed Matts and Tom Watson rounding off victory.

Olton & West Warwicks are second after a 2-1 win at Cheltenham, Daniel Sulway scoring the winner seven minutes from time.

Cardiff & Met defeated Fareham 4-2, Rhys Bradshaw and Jack Pritchard securing the points after Fareham had earlier fought back from two down.

A brace from Maciej Janiszewski took his season tally to five as Havant defeated Clifton Robinsons 5-2, whilst University of Birmingham held off a second half rally from Team Bath Buccaneers to win 4-3.

* The above photo shows Surbiton scorer Alan Forsyth. Credit: Tim Reder.

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