ROUND-UP: Men's Hockey League

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East Grinstead secured the fourth and final play-off spot after beating the University of Exeter 2-0 in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Simon Faulkner gave the home side the lead in the 46th minute with a goal from free play before Ross Stott cemented the win with another goal in the same fashion just one minute later.

The win confirms that East Grinstead will join Surbiton, Hampstead & Westminster and Beeston in the end of season play-offs on 13-14 April at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London.

Table toppers Surbiton ended their season with another win, this time at Wimbledon.

Tom Sorsby gave the away side the lead in the 63rd minute and Dave Beckett secured the points with a goal from open play in the last minute.

Second-placed Hampstead & Westminster were also victorious, winning 2-1 at Brooklands MU.

Kei Kaeppeler gave the away side the lead in the ninth minute before David Flanagan hit back for Brooklands in the 44th. But Will Calnan secured the victory with a goal from open play in the 57th minute.

Elsewhere, Reading had play-off hopes heading into the weekend, but although they beat Holcombe 3-1 East Grinstead’s victory meant Reading miss out on the play-offs.

Matt Richards scored a brace for Reading and Fred Newbold also found himself on the scoresheet. Matthew Symonds scored for Holcombe in the 47th minute, but it wasn’t enough.

Beeston also secured three points on the final day of the season after winning 3-1 at bottom of the table Sevenoaks.

Gareth Griffiths gave the away side the lead in the 16th minute before Ali Taylor hit back for Sevenoaks in the 45th. Alex Blumfield regained the lead for Beeston in the 48th minute and Joe Sharp sealed the points with a goal from open play in the 53rd.

Men’s Conference East

Brighton & Hove versus Teddington ended 1-1 in the Men’s Conference East as both teams clinched the point they needed to secure Division One hockey for next season.

Robbert Schenk gave the home side the lead in the 25th minute before Charlie Brooke equalised for Teddington on 58 minutes.

City of Peterborough will have to go through play-offs to secure their Division One spot for next season, despite winning 2-1 at Cambridge City.

Ben Read and Ross Ambler both scored for City of Peterborough and Brennan Alexander Parker was on the scoresheet for Cambridge City.

Elsewhere, Old Georgians versus Canterbury ended 2-2, Richmond won 5-2 at Old Loughtonians and Oxted won 3-1 at home against Southgate.

Men’s Conference North

Preston secured seventh place and a spot in the Division One play-offs with a 0-0 draw against Belper in the Men’s Conference North on Sunday.

Doncaster missed out on a chance to finish seventh as they lost 3-1 at home against Loughborough Students.

Fergus Gibson gave the away side the lead in the 29th minute before Ed Greaves added a quickfire brace with goals coming in the 32nd and 34th minutes to make it 3-0.

Matt Gibson scored a consolation for the home side in the 62nd minute but it was in vain as Doncaster were condemned to defeat.

Elsewhere, the University of Durham won 7-1 at home against Alderley Edge with Max Van Laak scoring a hat-trick, and Leeds won 7-2 at home to Bowdon.

A hat-trick from Adam Laitt helped the University of Nottingham win 7-1 at home to Sheffield Hallam.

Men’s Conference West

Fareham secured seventh place and their spot in the Division One play-offs with a 2-0 win at home against Oxford Hawks in the Men’s Conference West.

Niall Stott scored a brace to secure the win for the home side with both his goals coming from open play in the 48th and 62nd minutes.

The University of Bristol missed out on a chance to finish seventh as they lost 5-1 away at the University of Birmingham.

Christopher Way scored four goals for the home side and Cuthbert Shepherd added another to seal the win for the side who finished in sixth place.

Thomas Minall scored a consolation for the University of Bristol in the 25th minute.

Elsewhere, Olton & West Warwicks won 8-3 at home against Havant, Cardiff & Met beat Isca 3-2 and Team Bath Buccaneers were 3-1 victors at Chichester.


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

Men’s Conference East: Brighton & Hove 1, Teddington 1; Cambridge City 1, City of Peterborough 2; Old Georgians 2, Canterbury 2; Old Loughtonians 2, Richmond 5; Oxted 3, Southgate 1.

Men’s Conference North: Doncaster 1, Loughborough Students 3; Leeds 7, Bowdon 2; Preston 0, Belper 0; University of Durham 7, Alderley Edge 1; University of Nottingham 7, Sheffield Hallam 1.

Men’s Conference West: Chichester 1, Team Bath Buccaneers 3; Fareham 2, Oxford Haws 0; Isca 2, Cardiff & Met 3; Olton & West Warwicks 8, Havant 3; University of Birmingham 5, University of Bristol 1.