[img_assist|nid=995|title=|desc=Rachel Clift (l, Olton & WW) and Jess Wood (Cannock) fight it out (c) Andy Smith|link=popup|align=right|width=251|height=177]Men’s England Hockey League leaders East Grinstead dropped four points at home over the weekend, with last-minute goals producing 3-3 draws in both matches at Saint Hill. Meanwhile, second-placed Beeston narrowed the gap on the leaders with a 3-2 win against Hampstead and Westminster at Highfields.
On Saturday, East Grinstead’s snatched a late draw against Manchester side Bowdon with the equaliser coming from GB player Niall Stott. The stick was in the other hand on Sunday when Canterbury finished a 70th-minute PC through Liam Foster, his second corner goal of the day, to earn the bottom side a morale-boosting draw.
Other goals in East Grinstead’s Sunday match came from, Dave De Prez (2 FG) and Mats Grambusch (FG) for the home side, and a Matthew Botha PC for Canterbury. Saturday’s grandstand PC finish by Stott came after a Danny Hall double for East Grinstead and Ole Keusgen, Simon Egerton and Ali Brogdon strikes (all open play) for the visitors.
Beeston’s winner was scored in the 63rd minute by England’s Adam Dixon. Earlier, two goals from Matt Taylor (Beeston) and goals from Ian Roberts and another England international Dan Fox had levelled the scores at the 56-minute mark.
At the top of the women’s league, leaders Canterbury had a chance to open up a gap on Leicester, who were away on European indoor duties. The Kent side, however, dropped three points at Reading on Sunday (losing 1-0) after knocking over Clifton 3-0 at Polo Farm the day before. Leicester are now two points behind Canterbury ahead of next Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash in Kent.
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