Forsyth blitz sinks Beeston

Surbiton's Alan Forsyth. Credit Simon Parker - 480x320
Four goals from Alan Forsyth helped Surbiton overcome title rivals Beeston 5-4 in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Surbiton, the reigning champions, opened up a 4-1 lead early in the second half. Beeston battled back to within one goal in a dramatic final few minutes, but couldn’t catch their rivals.

Forsyth’s first goal of the afternoon came in the second minute, but Beeston pulled level on 24 minutes through a field goal from Lucas Garcia Alcalde.

Lewis Prosser scored for Surbiton on 27 minutes to retake the lead and Forsyth made it 3-1 at half-time with his second field goal on 34 minutes.

He added another six minutes after the restart to put his side 4-1 ahead, only for Beeston to score through Mark Gleghorne and Marius Gemmel on 53 and 59 minutes respectively and close the scoreline to 4-3.

Forsyth scored his fourth goal on 64 minutes and, although Beeston had the final word with a 67th minute strike from Sam Ward, it wasn’t quite enough.

Elsewhere, Wimbledon secured their first league win of the season with a 4-3 victory over Holcombe.

Phil Roper, Iain Lewers and Ed Horler helped Wimbledon to a 3-0 lead, only for Holcombe to hit back with Barry Middleton, Richard Lane and Nick Bandurak scoring. But a 57th minute Lewers penalty stroke proved decisive.

Reading came away from Brooklands MU with a 3-2 win with Duncan Riddell, Stuart Loughrey and Richard Mantell scoring their goals while Peter Flanagan and David Flanagan scored for the hosts.

Hampstead and Westminster had a late Michael Watt goal to thank for a 2-2 draw with East Grinstead. Chris Cargo had scored early to put Hampstead ahead, while Chris Griffiths and Simon Faulkner scored for East Grinstead.

And in Saturday evening’s match, Canterbury won 3-2 against Sevenoaks, with Patrick Brookson, Craig Boyne and Nathan McGuire scoring their goals. Ali Taylor and Tom Samuel scored for Sevenoaks.

Men’s Conference North
Bertie Mortimer scored twice as the University of Nottingham continued their great form in the Men’s Conference North.

His two goals combined with others from Ollie Rogerson and Edward Iffla as they won 4-3 over Cannock, for whom Callum Stacey scored two and Dylan Shirley one.

The University of Durham remain second after drawing 1-1 with third-placed Loughborough Students. Richard Jackson gave Durham the lead on 14 minutes, and it took Loughborough until the 64th minute to draw level, Laurie Bowden scoring.

In other Conference North action Bowdon had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Leeds, with each team scoring a goal in the last three minutes of a close match.

Doncaster were 3-1 winners over Sheffield Hallam, while Deeside Ramblers won by the same margin at Preston.

Men’s Conference East
Two goals from Euan Gilmour helped leaders Cambridge City continue their unbeaten run in the Men’s Conference East with a 2-1 win at Brighton and Hove. Joe Naughalty pulled one back late for the hosts, but it was not enough.

Three goals in the final five minutes led to a dramatic ending, with Oxted winning 5-4 at Old Georgians. Robbert Schenk scored three times for Oxted, while James Tindall claimed two for Old Georgians.

Tim Davenport scored a hat-trick for Teddington as they won 7-3 over Old Loughtonians. Richmond were 4-1 winners at West Herts, while Southgate beat hosts Chichester 1-0.

Men’s Conference West
The University of Exeter stay top after another high scoring round of games in the Conference West, as they came from behind to defeat Fareham 5-4.

Trailing 3-1 at the break, second half goals from Conor Caplan, Ben Cooke, Ed Matts and Sam Hopper turned the game, Tom Watson also on target for Exeter in the win.

A second half brace from Jack Pritchard saw Cardiff & Met go second as they came from behind to win an entertaining game 5-4 at Cheltenham.

Olton & West Warwicks lost ground after a 4-4 draw at Clifton Robinsons, Rory Thorburn and Chris Beck both struck two as both team led twice.

The University of Birmingham were back to winning ways coming from two down to win 5-2 at home to Isca, Tom Poustie netting two, whilst a Ben Stevenson doubled helped Team Bath Buccaneers win 6-2 against Havant.

* The above photo shows Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth, who scored four goals in their win over Beeston. Credit: Simon Parker.

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