EHL Roundup 11 October 2010

Beeston stay top after Ward-ing off Canterbury

Men’s Premier Division leaders, Beeston, continued their 100% start to the season with a 5-3 win over Canterbury. The game was a tale of two scorers; Matthew Botha hit a hat-trick for the visitors, but that performance was eclipsed by Sam Ward’s, he scored all five of Beeston’s goals – including two in the last six minutes – to claim the victory. East Grinstead also made it four wins out of four after a 4-2 win at third placed Hampstead. Two early Danny Hall goals helped EG on their way; although Hampstead fought back, they could not get on level terms and Mark Pearn’s 68th minute goal clinched the points. The top two have now established a five point gap at the top of the table and meet in an early season showdown next Sunday in Sussex. 

Results at the top of the Women’s Premier Division did not follow the early season form book. Leaders, University of Birmingham, took their 100 % record to EuroCanterbury, but it was the home side that ran out 2-0 winners with Susannah Townsend and Natasha Brennan on target. That result moved EuroCanterbury up to second and Birmingham dropped down to third. Leicester takes over the top spot but could only manage a point from the short trip to promoted Cannock, the score ending 2-2. Leicester’s Becky Herbert cancelled out Ele Watton’s opener for the home side, and though Leicester took the lead through a 45th minute Lauren Turner goal, Latasha Webb restored parity just a minute later. It was a good result for Cannock and will lift some of the Morris Ground gloom resulting from their men’s team’s poor start to the season. 

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