Men's Cup Springs Some Shocks

The draw has been made for the last eight of the Men’s Cup after round four saw some more surprise results.

Dave Seddon scored a 76th minute Golden Goal for Brooklands MU to secure a 3-2 victory against the Cup holders Reading.  Their reward for the victory is another home tie, this time against Olton & West Warwicks who had Tom Pickersgill to thank as they won 2-1 away at Chelmsford from the England Hockey League (EHL) Conference East.  Olton & West Warwicks are going strong in the Midlands Premier League with ten wins from ten and they are now the only team from outside the England Hockey League remaining in the competition.

Old Loughtonians were also the cause of another EHL Premier Division team going out as they won at home to 2008 finalists Bowdon.  With the scores level at half time, Chris Steward’s 39th minute goal was enough to send Old Loughtonians to the last eight where they will now make the short journey to take on Hampstead & Westminster who narrowly made it past Brighton & Hove.  The Londoners had David Eakins to thank after they were two minutes away from going out to the team from the South Regional Premier League; but goals in the 68th and 81st minutes from Eakins were enough to put his side through.

Beeston captain David Griffiths holds aloft the Men's Cup for the first time in their history as they beat Bowdon 4-3 in the 2008 Cup FinalBeeston remain on course for their third successive Cup final as they defeated Fareham 10-0 thanks to four goals from Martin Jones and three from Chris Seddon.  They will now play Doncaster at home after they narrowly made it past Maidstone from the South Regional Premier League.  Maidstone had led through a 32nd minute Chris Bassano-Harper goal but Owen Leask struck with seconds remaining to send the game into extra time where Doncaster’s Jonathan Redfern scored to send his team through.

Sevenoaks held their nerve in their match against University of Cambridge to avoid an upset and book their place in the last eight.  Goals from Robbie Hemmingway, Craig Acquate and Andy Whalley were enough for a 3-1 victory to end the students’ Cup run.  Sevenoaks will play hosts to the winners of Belper and University of Birmingham after their match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Full details of the Men’s Quarter Draw can be seen below.

Men’s Cup Quarter Final Draw – Ties to be played Sunday 7 March 2010

Beeston v Doncaster
Brooklands MU v Olton & West Warwicks
Hampstead & Westminster v Old Loughtonians
Sevenoaks v Belper or University of Birmingham