Beeston go top as Surbiton falter

Beeston's Adam Dixon takes a tumble against Hampstead and Westminster. Credit David Kissman. - 480x320
Mark Gleghorne hit a brace as Beeston overtook Surbiton at the top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division after a 4-2 triumph at home to Hampstead & Westminster on Saturday.

Gleghorne opened the scoring from a short corner after just four minutes, but Chris Cargo levelled for the visitors nine minutes later.

Penalty corner specialist Gleghorne had his second of the afternoon and sixth of the season on 23 minutes, before Adam Dixon doubled the Beeston lead soon after.

Toby Roche reduced the arrears before the break but Hampstead could not find another break through, Sam Ward wrapping up the points for the hosts with the final play.

A Nicholas Bandurak hat trick helped Holcombe inflict the first defeat of the season on defending champions Surbiton as they ran out 4-2 winners in their home clash.

Alan Forsyth put Surbiton ahead on 31 minutes but they failed to hold that lead through to the break thanks to Bandurak’s first of the afternoon.

That would prove crucial as the 24-year-old completed his hat-trick after the break, with veteran Barry Middleton also on target.

Arjan Drayton Chana hit a late consolation but it was not enough to prevent Surbiton’s first defeat.

Simon Faulkner converted a hat-trick of penalty corners as East Grinstead defeated Canterbury 6-1.

Kieran Mulholland, Chris Griffiths and Rob Cope were all on target, Craig Boyne pulling one back for Canterbury who are yet to score a point this term.

Andrew Ross also scored a hat-trick as Sevenoaks picked up their first win of the campaign with a 3-1 victory over Brooklands MU, despite David Flanagan levelling for the visitors.

Reading were back to winning ways after a 3-2 home win over Wimbledon, James Carson scoring the winner seven minutes from time.

The hosts led twice through Dale Hutchinson and Stuart Loughrey, but equalisers from Alistair Brogdon and Ed Horler were in vain after Carson’s field goal secured the points.

And in Sunday's lone Premier Division match East Grinstead won 3-1 against Wimbledon with David Condon, Liam Ansell and Simon Faulkner getting their goals.

Men’s Conference North
The University of Nottingham remain top of the Men’s Conference North despite losing their 100% record after a 1-1 draw at Loughborough Students.

James Hodgkinson’s first half goal looked to have given the visitors the points but Murray Collins converted a penalty corner with the final play of the game to snatch a point for Loughborough.

The University of Durham closed the gap with a 4-0 win at Leeds, Richard Jackson again on target with Torben Nowak, Angus Spittles and Rory Patterson also scoring.

Ben White hit a hat trick as Bowdon beat Deeside Ramblers 6-2 at home, Andrey Hayton with a brace for Deeside.

An Adam Wilson double helped Preston picked up their first points of the season with a 4-1 win at strugglers Sheffield Hallam, whilst Callum Stacey’s fifth of the season saw Cannock defeat Doncaster 1-0.

Men’s Conference East
Cambridge City are the new leaders of the Men’s Conference East after a convincing 7-1 home victory over bottom club West Herts.

Euan Gilmour struck four times to take his tally for the campaign to nine, with Brennan Alexander Parker, Darren Cheeseman and Warren D’Souza all on the scoresheet.

Oxted dropped their first points of the season after falling to a 2-0 home defeat against mid-table Chichester. Polish international goalkeeper Maciej Pacanowski starred, making a string of fine saves that included one from a Sam Driver penalty stroke, Alex Pendle and Ollie Baxter on target at the other end.

John Sterlini (2), Joe Sterlini and Kit Cutter were the scorers as Southgate defeated Brighton & Hove 4-1, whilst a brace from Nick Cooper helped Old Georgians to a 2-0 win at Old Loughtonians.

Meanwhile, Richmond’s home game against Teddington was postponed.

Men’s Conference West
The University of Exeter stay top of the Men’s Conference West on goal difference after a 1-0 win at Cardiff & Met on Saturday, Tom Watson scoring the game’s only goal in the first half.

Olton & West Warwicks scored three goals in the final three minutes to claim a dramatic 3-2 victory at home to University of Birmingham.

Tom Poustie struck twice to put the visitors two up, but David Ebbage and Chris Beck levelled the scores in the dying minutes, before Harry Sherlock struck the winner with 10 seconds to play.

Ben Stevenson and Samuel Anderson both scored two as Team Bath Buccaneers beat Clifton Robinsons 4-1, Stevenson also missed a penalty stroke which would’ve given him a hat trick inside just four minutes.

Despite letting a three goal lead slip, Fareham defeated Cheltenham 4-3, Martin Gough scoring the winner six minutes from time, and elsewhere Inderpal Laly struck in the final minute as Havant won 2-1 at Isca.

* The above photo shows Beeston’s Adam Dixon in action against Hampstead & Westminster. Credit: David Kissman.

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