Beeston beat East Grinstead in Men's Premier Division

Beeston scorer Marius Gemmel. Credit David Kissman - 480x320
Beeston remain just two points behind leaders Surbiton after a 5-2 home victory over East Grinstead in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Beeston were second and their opponents third going into this round of games and it was the hosts who struck first through Marius Gemmel’s 29th minute penalty corner.

Gareth Andrew doubled Beeston’s lead with a wonderful reverse stick volley just before the break and it was three when Sam Ward found the top corner from a penalty stroke seven minutes after the restart.

Gareth Griffiths scored 12 minutes later to put the game beyond doubt before Liam Ansell pulled one back for the visitors.

Gemmel (pictured) grabbed his second less than a minute later before Simon Faulkner’s consolation for East Grinstead rounded off the scoring.

Surbiton stay top but were made to work hard for the three points after a 5-3 home win over Reading.

Ed Carson opened the scoring for the visitors after ten minutes but the leaders took control from there, Alan Forsyth netting twice to become the division’s leading marksman with 12 goals, while David Goodfield and Luke Taylor were on target to make it 4-1.

Reading fought back, James Carson and Ben Boon cutting the lead, before Arjan Drayton Chana settled any nerves scoring a fifth for Surbiton in the last minute.

Holcombe moved third after a 3-0 victory at home to Brooklands MU. Robert Field and Daniel Edwards put the hosts two up at half time before Barry Middleton completed the scoring on 44 minutes.

Hampstead & Westminster ran out convincing 6-1 winners over Sevenoaks. Josh Kelly scored twice with Rupert Shipperley, Harry Martin, Matt Guise-Brown and Michael Watt all on the scoresheet, Andrew Ross pulling one back for the visitors.

Meanwhile, Wimbledon made it three consecutive wins after a 2-1 home victory over bottom side Canterbury.

Ed Horler and Simon Mantell scored for the hosts with Michal Nowakowski last minute penalty corner proving to be just a consolation for Canterbury.

Men’s Conference North
Bowdon’s 4-2 win over visitors Preston was enough for them to leapfrog former leaders the University of Nottingham in the Men’s Conference North.

Goals from Daniel Campbell, Oliver Stoddart, Ben White and Thomas Ainsworth gave Bowdon a crucial win and they are now level on points with Nottingham, who lost 2-1 at the University of Durham, Rory Patterson and Elliot Dowley scoring for the North East side.

Loughborough Students are fourth - just one point off the top of the table – after winning 4-0 against Cannock. Murray Collins scored two, with Matthew Ramshaw and Tom Crowson scoring the others.

Elsewhere Sheffield Hallam secured a 3-2 win at Leeds to climb off the bottom of the table, while Doncaster won 2-0 at home against Deeside Ramblers.

Men’s Conference East
Cambridge City went top of the Men’s Conference East after an impressive second half showing helped them to a 4-2 win at former leaders Southgate.

A brace from Euan Gilmour saw his impressive tally for the season move to 13, whilst Scott Perry and Brennan Alexander Parker were both on target for the visitors.

Oxted moved second after a 4-0 win over Old Loughtonians, Sam Driver and Chris Webster amongst the scorers.

A James Tindall double helped Old Georgians to a 3-1 win over Chichester, whilst Richmond came from behind twice to win 3-2 at Brighton & Hove, Jordan Hussell scoring two.

Meanwhile West Herts remain without a league point after a 7-2 loss at Teddington, Tim Davenport with a pair of goals for the hosts.

Men’s Conference West
Two goals each from Ed Matts and Conor Caplan helped the University of Exeter maintain their great start to the season in the Men’s Conference West.

The pair both scored in the first half at Clifton Robinsons and then scored again after the break. With Ben Cooke also on the scoresheet, they won 5-0 and extended their lead to four points at the top of the table.

Second-placed Cardiff & Met were on track to beat third-placed University of Birmingham, but they conceded a last-minute goal and had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

Elsewhere, Olton & West Warwicks and Fareham battled out a thrilling 4-4 draw with Tom Mallett scoring twice for Olton, while Martin Gough similarly scored two goals for Fareham.

Goals from Muhammad Arshad and Matthew Cox helped Havant to a 2-1 win over visitors Cheltenham, while Isca and Team Bath Buccaneers drew 1-1. 

* The above photo shows Beeston scorer Marius Gemmel in action against East Grinstead. Credit: David Kissman.

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