Beeston leapfrog Surbiton to lead the Men's Premier Division

Beeston celebrate a goal. Credit David Kissman - 480x320
Sam Ward scored a hat-trick as Beeston beat bottom of the table Canterbury 5-0 in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division to ensure - with Surbiton only managing a draw at Brooklands MU - his side went top of the table.

Lucas Garcia Alcalde and Marius Gemmel also got on the scoresheet as Beeston continued their great form, while Surbiton struggled.

Sam Perrin gave Brooklands the lead after just two minutes before Alan Forsyth pulled Surbiton level on 28 minutes. Forsyth then put his side ahead with a 43rd minute strike, but five minutes later Brooklands hit back with Peter Cornell scoring from open play.

Brooklands thought they had the game won when Aidan Khares scored from a 68th minute penalty corner, only for Arjan Drayton Chana to score a field goal with a minute remaining to salvage a draw.

Elsewhere Hampstead & Westminster are third following their 3-2 win over Holcombe. Josh Kelly and Daniel Edwards traded goals as the sides were level at 1-1 at the break, but two goals from Matt Guise Brown gave the home side the win, despite a second for Holcombe from Richard Lane.

Wimbledon climbed up to sixth in the table after a 7-0 win over strugglers Sevenoaks. Philip Ball scored four times, while other goals came from Iain Lewers, Ed Horler and Ben Arnold.

Saturday evening’s match saw Reading beat East Grinstead 6-1 to move up to fourth. After Tijn van Groesen had given East Grinstead the lead after just two minutes, Reading’s Tom Carson and Ben Boon scored twice each, while Dan Shingles and Duncan Riddell also scored for the hosts.

Men’s Conference North
Ben White’s 43rd minute field goal was enough to give leaders Bowdon a 1-0 win at Cannock in the Men’s Conference North, while former leaders the University of Nottingham won 3-2 over Leeds.

Luke Hudson, Imre Gerrits and Noah Darlington scored all of Nottingham’s goals in a five minute purple patch and, while Harry Lankfer and Tom Roberts scored for the visitors, it was not enough for the win.

Elsewhere the University of Durham won 5-1 at Deeside Ramblers with two goals from Elliot Dowley and others from Jack Waller, Rhys Smith and Torben Nowak.

Matthew Ramshaw scored twice as Loughborough Students won 3-1 over Sheffield Hallam, while Adam Wilson similarly scored a brace for Preston as they won 3-2 over Doncaster.

Men’s Conference East
Brennan Alexander Parker scored a hat-trick as leaders Cambridge City beat Old Georgians 5-2 in the Men’s Conference East. Other scorers were Darren Cheesman and Euan Gilmour.

Oxted remain just one point behind them in second following a 4-2 home win over Richmond. Sam Driver scored twice, while Robbert Schenk and Tom Rhodes were also on the scoresheet for Oxted.

Third-placed Southgate beat fourth-placed Tedding 4-2. Level at half time, two second half goals from Simeon Bird proved the difference for the visitors.

Brighton and Hove also won away from home, beating Old Loughtonians 2-1, while Chichester were comfortable 6-2 winners over bottom of the table West Herts with Ollie Baxter, Alex Pendle and Tim Ehret all scoring twice.

Men’s Conference West
Cardiff & Met had to settle for a draw once again in the Men’s Conference West, as hosts Olton & West Warwicks proved a match for the Welsh side.

Goals from Finlay Geelan and Steven Batten helped Olton lead 2-1 at half time, with Jack Pritchard having scored Cardiff’s only goal.

With five minutes left, Jagdeep Hanspal scored another for second-placed Cardiff, who have now drawn three of their nine games so far.

Elsewhere, leaders the University of Exeter won 3-2 over Havant thanks to goals from Sam Hooper, Ed Matts and Tom Watson, while the University of Birmingham won by the same scoreline, their goals coming from Scott Wall (2) and Jack Clee.

Team Bath Buccaneers moved up to fourth thanks to a 5-0 win over bottom of the table Cheltenham, while Isca were 3-2 winners at Clifton Robinsons.

* The above photo shows Beeston celebrating a goal. Credit: David Kissman.

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