ROUND-UP: Men's Hockey League

Old Georgians Ed Carson and Exeter's Dan Jackson in action. Credit Andrew Smith. - 480


Two goals each from James Albery and Ed Carson helped Men’s Hockey League Conference East champions Old Georgians secure a 4-2 victory over Premier Division outfit the University of Exeter on day one of the promotion play-offs on Sunday.

The University of Exeter went ahead after 11-minutes with Tom Brookes striking from open play, but Old Georgians led at the halfway point. Goals from James Albery and Ed Carson gave them a 2-1 advantage.

Albery got his second of the day with a 49th minute penalty stroke before Sam Hooper got one back for the University. But seven minutes later Carson found the net for his brace and Old Georgians held on to win.

Conference West winners Havant were 4-1 winners over Bowdon.

Havant opened up a first half lead against Bowdon, goals from Federico Bertoni and Miguel Rodrigues put them 2-0 ahead.

Matt Steventon’s goal for Bowdon threatened to make a game out of it early in the second half but two goals in the last four minutes put the game out of reach, handing the three points to Havant.

Fareham and Preston went face-to-face in the first of three round-robin fixtures to determine who would retain a place in Division One after the league restructure.

Preston’s Steven Masterson put the North side up after ten minutes but were pegged back only five minutes later through Jamie Rawlings’ penalty stroke effort.

The game had to wait another 35 minutes for signs of life, Richard Mantell’s 51st minute strike giving Fareham the lead, only for William Penrose to extend it nine minutes later with the game ending 3-1.

Another win would see Fareham retain a Division One place next weekend with Preston and City of Peterborough fighting for the last spot.

* The above photo shows Old Georgians’ Ed Carson and Exeter's Dan Jackson in action. Credit Andrew Smith.

RESULTS:

Men’s Hockey League Promotion Tournament: Bowdon 1, Havant 4; University of Exeter 2, Old Georgians 4.

Men’s Hockey League Division One Play-offs: Fareham 3, Preston 1.