ROUND-UP: Men's Hockey League

Chris Proctor scores for Beeston against Brooklands. Credit David Kissman 450

Leaders Surbiton battled back from an early scare to beat the University of Exeter 4-1 and retain top spot in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Keen to bounce back after defeat in the Jaffa Super 6s final, things didn’t start as planned for Surbiton with George Carson putting University of Exeter ahead in the fourth minute.

Scott Evans pulled one back for the hosts eight minutes later before Arjan Drayton Chana found the back of the net either side of the half. Tom Sorsby then wrapped the game up for Surbiton in the 63rd minute.

Hampstead and Westminster kept pace with the leaders with a slender 1-0 victory over Wimbledon.

The game had to wait until the 49th minute for the deadlock to be broken – Matt Guise Brown was on hand to edge the tie in Hampstead and Westminster’s favour.

Reading and Sevenoaks faced off with the latter looking to record their first win of the season.

Sevenoaks drew first blood thanks to Andrew Oxburgh but two goals in as many minutes from Jatinder Bachu and Matt Richards quickly turned the tide in Reading’s favour.

Edward Matts equalised for a battling Sevenoaks but Sam Armitage scored the last and decisive goal as Reading ended as 3-2 victors.

Elsewhere, Beeston hosted Brooklands MU with the game ending as a 1-1 stalemate.

Chris Proctor opened for Beeston in the 66th minute before David Flanagan levelled for Brooklands only two minutes later.

Conference West

University of Birmingham were the spectacle of the day as they beat struggling Isca 13-1 in the Men’s Conference West.

Eddie Way bagged a hat-trick for the Midlands side with Cuthbert Shepherd, Hywel Jones and Tom Poustie scoring twice in the victory to cut their deficit to league leaders Olton & West Warwickshire to two points.

The cut deficit is in part thanks to Oxford Hawks, who produced a shock by beating table toppers Olton & West Warwickshire.

The match was 1-1 at the end of the first half but Oxford Hawks soon ran away with the game, scoring three unanswered goals in the 4-1 win.

In the other Conference West fixture on Sunday, Fareham ran out 5-0 victors over Chichester which sees the sides switch places in eighth and ninth.

The Friday night fixture saw Team Bath Buccaneers topple University of Bristol 3-0 with Ben Stone scoring all three.

Conference North

Bowdon opened up a three-point gap at the head of the Men’s Conference North table thanks to a 3-1 victory over third placed University of Nottingham.

Elliot White and Thomas Ainsworth gave the leaders a 2-0 lead at the half with Oliver Stoddart adding a third shortly after the game’s resumption. Luke Hudson clawed back a goal on 52 minutes but it was a consolation as the game ended 3-1 to Bowdon.

Bowdon lead by three points after the University of Durham’s shock 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Loughborough Students on Saturday.

Sheffield Hallam kept themselves close by in fourth with a 5-0 win over bottom side Alderley Edge.

Elsewhere, Doncaster got the better of Preston in a high scoring game as Doncaster held onto a 3-1 half time lead, eventually beating their cross-Pennine rivals 5-3. Finally, Leeds beat Belper 5-0.

Conference East

Runaway Men’s Conference East leaders Old Georgians produced another fine display, recording a 10-1 victory over Teddington at home.

James Tindall and Nick Cooper racked up three goals each for the hosts. James Albery, Elliott Messem and Matthew Ming added the others in the convincing win.

Oxted overcame Canterbury six minutes from the end thanks to Sam Driver’s 64th minute goal, which helps leave them four points ahead of third-placed Southgate.

Southgate overtook Canterbury into third place with a resounding 4-1 win over bottom club City of Peterborough while Josh Smith and Karan Sofat scored twice each in Richmond’s 6-2 win over Cambridge City.

Elsewhere, a mid-table clash between Old Loughtonians and Brighton & Hove ended with the former taking the spoils 3-1.


* The above photograph shows Chris Proctor scoring for Beeston against Brooklands MU. Credit David Kissman.


RESULTS:

Men’s Premier Division: Beeston 1, Brooklands Manchester University 1; Reading 3, Sevenoaks 2; University of Exeter 1, Surbiton 4; Wimbledon 0, Hampstead & Westminster 1.

Conference West: Fareham 5, Chichester 0; Oxford Hawks 4, Olton & West Warwickshire 1; University of Birmingham 13, Isca 1; University of Bristol 0, Team Bath Buccaneers 3.

Conference North: Alderley Edge 0, Sheffield Hallam 5; Bowdon 3, University of Nottingham 1; Doncaster 5, Preston 3; Leeds 5, Belper 0; University of Durham 0, Loughborough Students 3.

Conference East: Canterbury 2, Oxted 3; Old Georgians 10, Teddington 1; Old Loughtonians 3, Brighton & Hove 1; Richmond 6, Cambridge City 2; Southgate 4, City of Peterborough 1.