EHL Roundup 15th November 2010

Three games in the Men’s Premier Division on Sunday were taken to the wire with points changing hands in the final 3 minutes of regulation time 

Ashley Jackson in possession, splashing water during the 2010 ABN AMRO Champions Trophy in Melbourne, AustraliaEast Grinstead, however, was not one of those sides as they romped home to a 5-1 win over Surbiton. The away side were three up by half time thanks to an Ashley Jackson hat-trick, unusually for the drag flick specialist all three came from open play. Dave De Prez added a fourth in the second half to seemingly put the game beyond doubt, Five minutes later Tim Pinnock pulled a goal back for the home side, but when Darren Cheesman struck in the 57th minute the points were secured for table topping East Grinstead. Surbiton remain in fourth despite the defeat. 

Beeston’s Andrew Monte was one of those last gasp heroes, scoring his second in the 67th minute to nudge the Nottingham side to a 2-1 victory over Bowdon. The veritable ‘six pointer’ result meant that Beeston kept to within four points of the leaders and extended their lead in second place, over Bowdon, to six points. Reading moved up two places, to fifth, thanks to a 3-0 home win over Hampstead & Westminster with Jonty Clarke Jonty Clarke Readingand Iain Mackay providing two of their side’s goals. Canterbury and Cannock, the bottom two sides, remained status quo after their 4-4 draw. Canterbury, at the foot of the table, was forced to equalise twice in the second half in order to earn a share of the points; Liam Foster struck the decisive goal in the 68th minute. Loughborough Students left it even later to claim a share of the spoils at home against Brooklands MU. Dave Flanagan scored Brooklands’ third in the 56th minute and, leading in to the final moments of the game, looked to have sealed their third win of the season. However, James Osborn’s dramatic 70th minute equaliser put paid to those hopes to earn the first draw of Loughborough’s 2010-11 campaign. 

The last few weeks have seen plenty of ups and downs in Women’s Premier Division and this week sees EuroCanterbury top the table, the third different leader in the last 3 weeks. EuroCanterbury took the top spot courtesy of a convincing 5-1 win over Cannock, during the game they registered five different scorers on the score sheet with former GB and England international Canterbury's Mel Clewlow (right) gets past a dispairing challenge from University of Birmingham's Kirsty Dawson during their EHL Premier League game at Polo farm, 22nd NovemberMel Clewlow rounding off the scoring in the 67th minute. Slough dropped from the top spot to fourth, as a result, having lost 1-0 at home to Bowdon Hightown. It was a game that upset the form guide with Slough having lost just once this season and having won three in a row, however, Hightown’s victory saw them pick up their first back to back wins of the season thanks to Kayleigh Humphrey’s second half goal. Leicester moved up into second at the expense of Slough having kept a clean sheet away from home in a win that saw Emma Clarke’s 61st minute goal seal the victory at Clifton. University of Birmingham were able to move up into third thanks to a 2-1 win over Reading with goals in either half from Tina Evans and Liz George. 

Brooklands Poynton served up a shock at home against Olton & WW. The bottom placed side had failed to register a win this season heading into the game but having raced into a 3-0 lead at half time, were able to hang on for the win. Natalie Wray scored twice before the break after Katie Maltman had opened the scoring in the 7th minute, but when, in the second half, Denise Marston-Smith and Lucilla Wright scored the Manchester based side were forced to cling on to the narrow one goal victory to take the points. The win draws them to within a point of Reading, in ninth, and just two points from the safety of eighth place currently occupied by their defeated opposition.