ROUND-UP: Men's Hockey League

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Reigning champions Surbiton boosted their bid for another Men’s Hockey League Premier Division title with a 2-0 victory at second-placed side Hampstead & Westminster on Sunday.

Goalless at half time, the game sprung in to life mid-way through the second half as the division’s top scorer Alan Forsyth gave the away side the lead with a goal from open play in the 57th minute.

Zach Wallace sealed all three points for the league leaders with another goal from free play in the 63rd minute.

Beeston missed out on an opportunity to close the gap on second and cement third place as they fell to a 6-4 defeat at Reading.

Chris Proctor fired Beeston into a 3-0 lead with a hat-trick in the first half before Stuart Loughrey responded with two goals for reading to leave it 3-2 at the break.

Elliot Hibell extended the away side’s lead with a goal from a penalty corner in the 41st minute before goals from Lee Morton and Peter Scott (2) gave Reading the lead.

Loughrey completed his hat-trick in the 65th minute and sealed the points for the home side.

Elsewhere Wimbledon performed well at home, winning 1-0 against fourth place East Grinstead.

Jonny Codling scored the only goal of the game in the 46th minute from open play.

Brooklands MU came out on top after a thrilling 6-4 win at home against bottom of the table Sevenoaks.

Keenan Horne, Stefan Ray-Hills, Sam Perrin, Leo Watton and David Flanagan (2) were all on the scoresheet for the home side.

Tim Warrington (2), Duncan Parnis and Andrew Oxburgh were the goal scorers for Sevenoaks as they still look for their first win of the season.

The University of Exeter secured another point as they look to retain their place in the Premier Division for next season with a 2-2 draw at home against Holcombe.

Archie Winter and Sam Hooper were the goal scorers for the home side, Conor Caplan scored a brace for Holcombe as the sides had to settle for a point a piece.

Men’s Conference East

Southgate secured a top six spot in the Men’s Conference East with a 6-4 win at home against Old Loughtonians.

Alex Williams, John Sterlini (2), Robert Schilling and Jonny Maunder all found themselves on the scoresheet for the home side.

Maciej Janiszewski (2), Andrew McGregor and William Smith were the goal scorers for Old Loughtonians.

Brighton & Hove took a step closer to securing a top six spot with a 2-1 win at home against Richmond.

Rob Cornell and Joe Naughalty scored for the home side, Scott Wall scored a consolation for Richmond.

Elsewhere, Oxted won 3-1 at home against Cambridge, Canterbury won 3-1 at Teddington and Old Georgians versus Peterborough ended 2-2.

Men’s Conference North

Bowdon took a big step towards securing the Men’s Conference North title with a 3-0 win at Doncaster on Sunday.

Thomas Ainsworth gave the away side lead in the 21st minute with a goal from free play before Oliver Stoddart added a brace to seal all three points for the league leaders.

Loughborough Students moved up to third in the table with a 8-1 victory at Preston.

A hat-trick from Ronan Harvey-Kelly, a brace each from Evan Kimber and Nick Page and a goal from Murray Collins was enough to secure all three points for the away side.

David Greenough scored a consolation for Preston in the 63rd minute.

Elsewhere, Belper won 4-1 at Alderley Edge, Sheffield Hallam secured a 1-0 win at home against Leeds and the University of Durham won 4-0 at the University of Nottingham.

Men’s Conference West

Cardiff & Met sealed a place in the top six and a spot in Division One for next season with a 4-2 win at home against the University of Bristol in the Men’s Conference West.

Rhys Gowman (2), Ellis Robson and Ieuan Davies scored the goals that seal the win for the home side.

Thomas Minall and Josh Hallet were on the scoresheet for the University of Bristol as their hopes for a place in the top six took a blow.

Elsewhere, Havant took a step closer to securing the Men’s Conference West title with a 4-3 win ay the University of Birmingham.

Oxford Hawks won 4-3 at home against Team Bath Buccaneers, Olton secured a 2-1 victory at home against Fareham and Chichester won 4-0 at home against Isca.


Men’s Premier Division: Brooklands Manchester University 6, Sevenoaks 4; Hampstead & Westminster 0, Surbiton 2; Reading 6, Beeston 4; University of Exeter 2, Holcombe 2; Wimbledon 1, East Grinstead 0.

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

Men’s Conference North: Alderley Edge 1, Belper 4; Doncaster 0, Bowdon 3; Preston 1, Loughborough Students 8; Sheffield Hallam 1, Leeds 0; University of Nottingham 0, University of Durham 4.

Men’s Conference West: Cardiff & Met 4, University of Bristol 2; Chichester 4, Isca 0; Olton & West Warwicks 2, Fareham 0; Oxford Hawks 4, Team Bath Buccaneers 3; University of Birmingham 3, Havant 4.