ROUND-UP: Men's Hockey League

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Great Britain stars Sam Ward and James Carson both hit hat-tricks as Old Georgians powered to an 8-0 win over the University of Durham in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Carson netted his first on 10 minutes and made it 3-0 on 28 minutes, just after brother Tom had nabbed the second.

And there was no let-up for Durham as James Tindall made it 4-0 soon after the restart. Ward went on make it three before Carson completed his hat-trick in the final minute of play.

Ben Boon bagged a brace as Surbiton made it two wins from two with a 5-2 win at Beeston.

Surbiton held a slender 2-1 lead going into half time with Rob Farrington and Jonathan Gall finding the net. Lucas Alcalde was on target for the home side.

But Luke Taylor made it 3-1 on 44 minutes from a penalty corner and Boon’s two goals in three minutes put the game out of Beeston’s reach, although Adam Dixon did score a consolation.

East Grinstead also have a perfect record. Louis Gittens scored a goal in each half for them as they beat the University of Exeter 6-2 on the road.

Ben Mackey and Gittens gave the visitors the edge at the break and although Archie Winter and Max Lowery found the target for Exeter, East Grinstead had too much for them and goals from Gittens, Simon Faulkner, Simon Whait and Barney Bithell put the result beyond doubt.

Holcombe are also on maximum points and showed great resolve to come back from a goal down to beat Oxted 3-1. Timothy Guise-Brown tucked home from a penalty corner on the half-hour mark but Sam Hooper soon had Holcombe level when he also converted from a penalty corner.

Hooper was on the mark again on 52 minutes and Barry Middleton increased the lead with three minutes left on the clock.

Wimbledon claimed their first win of the season as a goal apiece from Liam Ansell and Phil Roper helped them to a 4-1 defeat of Brooklands Manchester University. Rory Patterson and Ben Francis completed the scoring for Wimbledon with David Flanagan bagging for Brooklands.

Men’s Division One North

Cardiff & Met handed out an 8-0 drubbing to hosts Deeside Ramblers and threw out a major statement for their rivals on the opening day of the season.

Ioan Wall and Jack Pritchard scored two each while others came from Alf Dinnie, Ellis Robson, William Raymond and Charles Hunte as Cardiff took top spot in the early table.

Elsewhere Bowdon also kept a clean sheet, winning 4-0 over Sheffield Hallam at home with Joe Higson and Simon Egerton scoring two each.

Olton & West Warwicks enjoyed a 4-2 away win over City of Peterborough, with their goals coming from Josh Brown, Chris Beck, Harry Lankfer and Harry Sherlock.

The University of Birmingham were two-nil up on the University of Nottingham at half time after goals from Matthew Simonds and Daniel Jowett, but their rivals hit back after half time with Ben Stevenson scoring on 56 minutes and Tom Rhodes equalising four minutes from the end.

A goal from Gareth Andrew gave Cambridge City an early lead over visitors Loughborough Students, but goals from Owen Williamson, Matthew Nelson and Fabio Reinhard saw Loughborough take the win.

Men’s Division One South

Three second half goals proved enough for Canterbury to battle back from behind and take a 3-1 victory over Sevenoaks in Division One South on Sunday.

After a goalless first half Sam George had given Sevenoaks the lead on 44 minutes.

But Tom Bean’s 48th minute strike levelled the game, and goals on 69 and 70 minutes respectively by Thomas Degiovanni and Conor Annand gave the visitors the win.

Team Bath Buccaneers had first half goals from John Jackson and George Carson to thank for their 2-0 win over hosts Old Cranleighans.

Goals from Andy Watts and Jack Biggs helped Oxford Hawks to a 2-0 lead at the break, but not before Brighton & Hove hit back with two goals in three minutes to level things. However, the Hawks took the win thanks to Watts’ bagging his second goal two minutes later.

Elsewhere Southgate were 3-2 winners at Havant with John Sterlini, Charles Hamilton and Alex Williams scoring their goals. Teddington beat Reading 1-0, with Phil Lewis scoring the only goal of the game.

Men’s Conference East

London Wayfarers ran out 8-6 winners from a high-scoring and entertaining clash at Spencer in the Conference East.

Phil Ball scored a hat-trick, Alex Penney and Jamie Sones scored two each and Tom Boon added the other for the Wayfarers.

There won’t be many other times where Spencer score six goals and lose, with their strikes coming courtesy of a Neil Hamilton hat-trick and others from Kyle Good, Tim Lewis and Chad Conlon.

Two goals from Jordan Hussell and others from Jack Clee and Scott Wall were enough for Richmond to win 4-0 over Old Loughtonians.

Elsewhere Harleston Magpies won 2-1 over West Herts, St Albans and Wapping drew 1-1 and Bromley and Beckenham and London Edwardians played out a goalless draw.

Men’s Conference West

Two goals each from Alex Boxall and Alex Beckett helped Fareham to a 6-1 win at Cardiff University in the Conference West, while their other goals came from Niall Stott and Chris Davey.

The University of Bristol also enjoyed a good away win, beating hosts Khalsa Leamington 4-0 with Josh Hallett claiming two of their goals.

All matches in the Conference West were away wins, with Plymouth Marjon winning 3-2 at Ashmoor, Isca running out 3-1 victors at Cheltenham and Harborne beating Chichester 2-1.

Men’s Conference North 

Sam Dixon scored twice as Belper beat Timperley 5-0 in the Men’s Conference North.

Their other goals came from Morgan Sign, Chris Powell and David Ebbage and puts them top of the early table.

A brace of goals from Tim Shelley helped Doncaster to a 4-1 win over Preston, other strikes coming from Haris Davenport and Alex Kerly.

Luke van Bentum also scored two goals as Didsbury Northern beat hosts Leeds 3-0, their other strike coming from Anthony Symondson.

The University of Durham will be pleased with a clean sheet from their 3-0 win over Barford Tigers, while the University of Birmingham seconds and Lichfield couldn’t muster any goals from their encounter.


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