ROUND-UP: Men's Hockey League

Adam Dixon, Beeston scorer, in action against Hampstead and Westminster. Credit David Kissman - 480


Surbiton extended their lead at the top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division to three points after an impressive 7-1 victory at home against Brooklands Manchester University, while title rivals Hampstead & Westminster lost at Beeston on Sunday.

David Goodfield scored from open play after just three minutes, and Alan Forsyth added a quick brace of goals on 17 and 21 minutes before Tom Sorsby added another in the 35th to leave the score 4-0 at half time.

William Marshall slotted in from open play in the 58th minute, and Zach Wallace and Ben Boon added goals for the home side in the 64th and 67th minutes before Sam Perrin scored a last-minute consolation for the away side.

Beeston cemented third spot and dealt a blow to Hampstead & Westminster with a 1-0 victory at home.

GB captain Adam Dixon scored the only goal of the game for the home side when he found the net from a penalty corner in the 25th minute.

East Grinstead versus Reading ended 2-2 on Saturday as both sides looked to close the gap on the teams above them in the table.

Rob Cope opened the scoring for East Grinstead in the 20th minute from free play to leave it 1-0 at half time.

Simon Faulkner doubled the home side’s advantage from a penalty corner in the 47th minute.

Matt Richards hit back for Reading in the 49th before levelling the affair in the 56th with a goal from a penalty stroke.

Elsewhere, Wimbledon eased fears of a relegation battle as they won 4-0 at home against the University of Exeter.

A brace from Ed Horler and goals from Eugene Malthouse and Phil Roper were enough to seal all three points for the home side.

Goals from Harry Trusler (2) and Ross Hetem proved too much as bottom of the table Sevenoaks lost 3-1 at home against Holcombe. Tim Warrington scored a consolation for the home side.

Men’s Conference East

Old Georgians secured the Conference East title with a 4-0 win at Old Loughtonians on Sunday.

Goals from James Albery, Tom Watson, Mat Ming and James Tindall helped them secure a 13th win in 15 games this season, giving them an unassailable lead of 12 points with three games left.

Canterbury were 3-1 winners at bottom of the table Cambridge City. Teague Marcano (2) and Tom Bean scored the goal for the away side and Alex Drummond got the only goal of the game for Cambridge.

Richmond moved within one point of a top six spot with a 3-1 home victory versus Southgate.

Simon Mantell scored a brace and Scott Wall scored the other for the home side. John Sterlini scored a consolation for the away side in the 44th minute.

Elsewhere, Oxted won 4-3 at Brighton & Hove and the City of Peterborough won 3-2 at home against Teddington.

Men’s Conference North

Bowdon came from behind at half time to win 5-1 at home against Alderley Edge and maintain their position at the top of the Men’s Conference North.

James Warburton gave the away side the lead in the sixth minute before Alderley Edge responded in the second half with goals from Elliot White, Ben White (2), David Egerton and Oliver Stoddart.

Loughborough Students cemented their position in the top six with a 3-1 at home against Belper.

Fergus Gibson and Roman Harvey-Kelly (2) scored the goals for the home side, Sam McCambridge was on the scoresheet for Belper.

Elsewhere, the University of Durham won 5-1 at home against Sheffield Hallam, Preston versus the University of Nottingham ended 1-1 at full time and Doncaster’s match at Leeds was abandoned due to a hail storm.

Men’s Conference West

Olton & West Warwicks closed the gap at the top of the Men’s Conference West to four points with a 5-2 win at Isca.

Goals from Harry Sherlock (2), Martin Ebbage, Timothy Idoine and Peter Jackson were enough to seal all three points for the away side. Jon Wright and Tom Whitworth scored the goals for Isca.

Havant dropped two points at the top of the table as they drew 2-2 at the University of Bristol.

George Cairns opened the scoring for the home side in the 25th minute before two goals in one minute from Ethan Hoddle and Federico Bertoni gave Havant the lead.

Kincaid Ingram sealed a point for the University of Bristol when he netted an equaliser in the 57th minute.

Elsewhere Oxford Hawks won 6-2 at Chichester, Fareham ran out 5-0 victors at home against the University of Birmingham and Team Bath Buccaneers beat Cardiff & Met 2-1.

RESULTS:

Men’s Premier Division: Beeston 1, Hampstead & Westminster 0; East Grinstead 2, Reading 2; Sevenoaks 1, Holcombe 3; Surbiton 7, Brooklands Manchester University 1; Wimbledon 4, University of Exeter 0.

Men’s Conference East: Brighton & Hove 3, Oxted 4; Cambridge City 1, Canterbury 3; City of Peterborough 3, Teddington 2; Old Loughtonians 0, Old Georgians 4; Richmond 3, Southgate 1.

Men’s Conference North: Bowdon 5, Alderley Edge 1; Loughborough Students 3, Belper 1; Preston 1, University of Nottingham 1; University of Durham 5, Sheffield Hallam 1.

Men’s Conference West: Chichester 2, Oxford Hawks 6; Fareham 5, University of Birmingham 0; Isca 2, Olton & West Warwicks 5; Team Bath Buccaneers 2, Cardiff & Met 1; University of Bristol 2, Havant 2.