Late strike helps Surbiton beat East Grinstead

Surbiton's Alan Forsyth. Credit Simon Parker - 480x320
A late strike from Alan Forsyth helped leaders Surbiton secure a 3-2 win at East Grinstead in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Andy Piper had given East Grinstead an early lead only for goals from Will Marshall and Nick Parkes to put the visitors ahead.

Ross Stott made it 2-2 at half time with a 30th minute field goal and the match looked to be heading for a draw until Forsyth’s 65th minute winner from open play.

Beeston leap-frogged East Grinstead after beating hosts Sevenoaks 4-2. Mark Gleghorne’s tenth minute goal gave them an early lead and Sam Ward secured a second-half hat-trick to help the Bees to victory.

Peter Flanagan’s 31st minute strike from a penalty corner gave Brooklands MU the lead at half time, but second-half strikes from Ben Arnold, Simon Mantell and Ed Horler helped Wimbledon hit back to win 3-1.

Saturday evening’s action saw Holcombe beat hosts and Kent rivals Canterbury 5-1. Nick Bandurak scored four goals and Richard Lane added another, while Michal Nowakowski scored Canterbury’s only goal.

And Hampstead & Westminster were 3-2 winners at Reading with Matt Guise Brown scoring two and Toby Roche one, while Ben Boon’s two goals were in vain.

Men’s Conference North
The University of Nottingham suffered their first league defeat of the season as Doncaster won 3-0 thanks to goals from Travis Cresswell, Daniel West and James Gunthorpe.

Although the University of Nottingham are still top of the table, their lead was cut to three points as Bowdon ran out 6-4 winners at the University of Durham and climbed above them into second spot in the table.

Two goals each from Ollie Stoddart and Archie Phillips plus others from Ben White and Rob Baxter proved enough for the win. Richard Jackson scored two and Jack Waller and Jack Turner also scored for the University of Durham, but it wasn’t enough for the win.

Elsewhere Preston let a 4-1 half time lead slip and had to be content with a 4-4 draw at home against Loughborough Students, with Murray Collins’ 67th minute goal giving the visitors a share of the points.

Sheffield Hallam secured their first league win of the season, beating Cannock 3-1 with Will Hearne, Josh Darlington and Billy Root their scorers. And Deeside Ramblers and Leeds fought out a 2-2 draw.

Men’s Conference East
Trailing by two goals early in the second half, leaders Southgate battled back to win 3-2 at Old Loughtonians in the Men’s Conference East.

Lewis McLennan and Elliot Smith had given the hosts a 2-0 lead, but Southgate hit back with Alex Williams scoring twice and Jonny Maunder once to take the win.

Second-placed Cambridge City had to settle for a 2-2 draw with third-placed Oxted. After Robbert Schenk had given Oxted an early lead, Scott Perry scored for Cambridge to make it 1-1 at half time. Kieran Gilmore put Cambridge in front on 55 minutes, but Chris Webster’s late goal ensured a draw for Oxted.

Elsewhere, Matt Daly scored twice as Teddington beat hosts Chichester 4-2. Phil Lewis and Richard Gear-Evans scored Teddington’s other goals, while Ollie Baxter found the goal twice in six minutes for Chichester.

Brighton and Hove were 3-0 winners at West Herts, while Old Georgians won 1-0 at Richmond.

Men’s Conference West
Two goals in the last four minutes helped Cardiff and Met battle to a 4-3 win over bottom of the table Isca in the Men’s Conference West.

Goals from Jack Pritchard and Jon Wright had made it 1-1 at half time before the game sparked into life after the break.

Ronan Taggart put Cardiff ahead on 38 minutes, only for Wright to score his second for Isca and when Rick McCollum scored on 56 minutes, Isca led 3-2. But late goals from Ieuan Davies and Ioan Wall helped the home side snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Leaders the University of Exeter were 3-1 winners over Team Bath Buccaneers, Duncan Scott (2) and Sam Hooper scoring their goals.

Two from Cuthbert Shepherd and others from Jack Clee and Eddie Way helped the University of Birmingham won 4-1 over hosts Cheltenham, while elsewhere Clifton Robinsons won 2-1 at Fareham and Havant were 1-0 winners over Olton and West Warwicks.

* The above photo shows Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth who scored a late winner against rivals East Grinstead. Credit: Simon Parker.

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