Goals Galore in the EHL

East Grinstead hosted Brooklands MU and despite their ordinarily resolute defence conceding five goals, had the firepower to outscore their opposition with eight of their own.

East Grinstead player coach Mark Pearn in action for EG during the 2008-09 Slazenger EHL Men's Premier Division campaignSouth African international Gareth Carr and player/coach Mark Pearn (pictured right) scored three-a-piece as the Sussex side recorded their second win of the season in defence of the title. Reading’s defence, marshalled by stalwart GB international Richard Mantell, kept a second clean sheet during their 4-0 away win at University of Exeter.

Hampstead & Westminster scored two late goals at home against Surbiton, but it was too little too late since the away side had raced to a five goal lead via James Tindall’s second in the 57th minute.  Bowdon’s 4-2 win over Loughborough came on familiar ground for coach Amanda Partington, previously coach of Loughborough Students Women, as she recorded her first win for the Cheshire side. Rounding off the Men’s Premier Division Beeston hosted Midlands rivals Cannock, in what is often a tense affair, the game ending in parity; Jamie Parker’s 29th minute PC goal for the home side cancelled out by Nicholas Bandurak’s 51st minute strike.

Slough bounced straight back from their defeat last week to stun Bowdon Hightown with a 4-3 away win. The home side lost just once last season, but with the scores level at half time it was Slough who responded first, racing into a 4-1 lead. It was Jane Smith’s 54th minute penalty stroke that put the away side into the ascendency. Hightown, resilient to the end, scored twice in the last ten minutes, through Sally Walton and Tina Cullen’s second, but were unable to complete the comeback. Slough has further strengthened their side by signing English international goalkeeper Becky Duggan from Trojans this week.

Canterbury's Natalie Seymour challenges with Trojan's Heather Batten during their EHL premier League game at Polo Farm, Canterbury, 26th September 2009Trojans suffered a heavy defeat away at Polo Farm as Canterbury found their scoring sticks in their biggest ever league win. Natalie Seymour (pictured) scored two open play goals and a penalty corner for the home side, with Mel Clewlow (2), Susie Rowe (2), Jenny Hall and Cathy Gilliat-Smith (2) all getting on the scoresheet; Stephanie Farmer offered the only reply for the away side. Leicester’s former GB international Jennie Bimson rounded off the scoring with a penalty stroke in their 3-1 away win at Brooklands Poynton.  Current GB international Alex Danson started the scoring for Reading in their 4-2 win at home to newly promoted University of Birmingham.

Holcombe’s David Mathews netted three during their 6-2 home win over Indian Gymkhana in Men’s Conference East, whilst his former club, Canterbury, had Jess Dowsing to thank for a 67th minute winner in a 3-2 victory at Chelmsford. 

Deeside Ramblers continued their winning start to the Men’s Conference North season by recording a 3-2 win away at Belper, Ali Ghazanfar scoring twice. Sheffield Hallam Civica surprised Durham University with a 5-2 win at Maiden Castle, Steve Andrews’ goal was followed by two each from Will Musgrave and Dan Berry.

Fareham’s James Seager netted a pressure cooker of a late penalty stroke to secure a 3-2 win away at Bournville in Men’s Conference West. Whitchurch condemned Old Georgians to their second defeat of the season in a 4-2 win for the Welsh side in Cardiff. William Blockley enjoyed a brief spell at Reading, at the start of this season, before moving to Guildford where his 27th minute PC goal helped his side to a 1-1 draw at home to Havant.

Ipswich and Chelmsford faced off in Women’s Conference East in a fixture seen in last season’s Premier Division. Those games ended in deadlock, but it was Ipswich who came away with all three points on Saturday thanks to goals from Charlotte Hunnable, Lizzy Aldous (2) and Vanessa Roberts. In their previous campaign Horsham and Sevenoaks came close to relegation, in this, wins against Northampton Saints and Old Loughtonians – respectively – on Saturday saw them remain the only two sides with a 100% record.

Women’s Conference North saw Durham University smash seven past Sheffield Hallam at Abbeydale; whilst Loughborough students beat local rivals Beeston 5-2 at home. Belper’s Alicia Robinson rounded off the scoring for the away side in their 2-0 win away at Doncaster.

Exe’s Linda Webb scored the 63rd minute winner against ex-club Aldridge during their 2-1 win in Women’s Conference West. Barnes HE, Buckingham, and Cannock all recorded back to back victories by winning on Saturday and joining Exe on six points.