EHL Round Up

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The form book went out the window this weekend in many of the divisions highlighting the competiveness of the EHL. Of the eight teams topping the EHL divisions heading into the weekend, just two recorded victories, Chelmsford and Buckingham, with East Grinstead earning a draw, the remainder all lost.

Leicester returned to the top of the Women’s Premier Division having scored six past bottom side Brooklands Poynton. Vanessa Hawkins and Lauren Turner each scored two to help their side to their fourth win of the season and in a mirror image record, condemn Brooklands Poynton to their fourth defeat. EuroCanterbury fell from the top spot, down to fourth, after a 2-0 home loss to Reading; former Old Loughtonians player Rebecca Halle scored both for the away side. The win moved Reading up in to seventh place and out of the relegation places. Jo Turnbull scored twice for University of Birmingham to set them on the way to a 4-0 win over Bowdon Hightown, they moved up into the second spot as a result. Slough travelled to Clifton on Saturday and came back along the M4 with three points in the bag after Louise Bevan’s goal sealed the points. The win means that they remain on the same points as University of Birmingham, but lie third with an inferior goal difference. Olton & WW went unbeaten in three games, picking up seven points in the process, by beating local rivals Cannock 6-3 at home. Cannock, promoted through the playoffs last season, drop two places to eighth in the table level on points with Clifton, in ninth.

 

East Grinstead held a three point lead at the top of the Men’s Premier Division on Saturday morning; they had increased that lead by a point by the evening. Their trip to Bowdon ended in a 3-3 draw which needed two goals in the last ten minutes from Gareth Carr and Danny Hall to rescue the point. Bowdon had, in fact, held a 3-0 lead in the 48th minute when David Egerton had netted from a penalty corner. Ashley Jackson, returning from a stint in Holland and then Commonwealth games activity, started the comeback with a penalty corner strike just a minute later. Bowdon had thought they had snatched the three points when the ball hit the back of the net on the final whistle, but the goal was disallowed. Beeston suffered a surprise 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Hampstead & Westminster to allow East Grinstead to make ground despite failing to win. Goals in either half from Stephan Vehrle-Smith and Will Naylor secured the points for the away side, they moved into third as a result. Surbiton produced their third win of the season on the day they officially opened their new pitch. The 5-3 win over Loughborough Students, thanks to goals from Nick Cooper (2) and Tim Pinnock (3), moved them into fifth tied on points with Bowdon. Reading moved up into sixth thanks to a 3-1 win over Canterbury. Chris Cargo served as the home side’s hero scoring twice, in the last two minutes, to secure the win. Cannock were able to move off of the bottom spot, capitalising on Canterbury’s loss, having earned a point in a 1-1 draw with Brooklands MU. Robert Smith cancelled out a Charlie Brooke opener, with five minutes remaining, to rescue a share of the spoils for the Staffordshire side.

 

Bromley and Beckenham stunned Indian Gymkhana in Men’s Conference East with a 4-2 win away from home. It was the first loss of Gymkhana’s season though they were fortunate no other sides were able to fully capitalise on the opportunity. Southgate and Holcombe, in second and third, were both held to 1-1 draws away from home. Oxted moved away from the relegation places thanks to a 5-1 win over bottom side Sevenoaks.

 

Third met first in Men’s Conference North on Saturday, as Sheffield Hallam Civica hosted Durham University. It was the palatinates that came out victors usurping Sheffield Hallam Civica from the top spot. Daniel Coultas scored all three of his side’s goals to register their fifth win of the season, whilst condemning Sheffield Hallam Civica to their first defeat. Doncaster, who were in second, suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Belper and, as a result, dropped to third.

 

Team Bath Buccaneers went top of Men’s Conference West after Tim Davenport’s two goals helped defeat his former club, Havant, 4-3 at home. University of Exeter fell from first, losing their first game of the season 1-0 against Guildford, Tom Batchelor supplying the only goal of the game. Cheltenham’s 7-3 win over Stourport meant they rose into fifth place, leaving Stourport without a win in six.

 

Women’s Conference East remains tight at the top with both Chelmsford and Surbiton winning again on Saturday. Chelmsford maintained the lead thanks to a 3-0 win over Cambridge City, Kat Hales rounding off the scoring, whilst Surbiton’s 1-0 win hosted as part of their new pitch celebration came courtesy of a Helen Grant goal. At the bottom, Dereham’s loss at home against St Albans leaves them without a point in the first third of the season having scored just four goals and conceding 32.

 

Sutton Coldfield’s 10-0 demolition of Aldridge & Walsall meant that they leapfrogged Wakefield Bradford into first place in Women’s Conference North. Jane Sixsmith, Vicky Woolford and Charlene Mason each bagged hat-tricks on their way to victory. Wakefield Bradford suffered their first defeat of the season at Loughborough Students, with Holly Brown’s seventh minute opener proving the only goal of the game. Beeston’s 2-1 loss at Doncaster leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table, four points adrift of safety.

 

Buckingham and Isca University kept pace with each other in Women’s Conference West, both scoring twice in victories. Buckingham conceded only their second goal of the season when Clare Whitworth got a goal back for Exe in the 70th minute, but the goals from Emily Court and Lauren Thomas were enough to secure the win. Goals in either half from Emily Masson and Amy Sheehan earned the win for Isca University over Staines, they continue to trail Buckingham on goal difference. Like Dereham, Worcester have found the going tough in the EHL, since their promotion, and a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Team Bath Buccaneers sees them foot the table without a point, and five points from safety.

 

The EHL takes a break this weekend, but keep an eye out for our sides competing in the EuroHL – Beeston, Reading, and East Grinstead are all taking part in the first round. Click here to keep up to date with the latest scores and information, as well as live streams for the games. Also, the England Hockey website will let you know when, and on which Eurosport TV channel, the English team’s games are on.

 

Due to the fact that there is no EHL activity, the EHL Newsletter will also take a break for a week, the next issue will be released on Monday 8 November.

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