[img_assist|nid=6104|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=220|height=54]ENGLAND, September 15 – Beeston and Reading showed a ruthless streak in front of goal as they got off to imperious starts in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.
Beeston travelled to Cannock and opened the scoring early on with Simon Egerton notching his first of the season from a penalty corner after five minutes.
And Egerton went on to score three more goals for the visitors as they ran out 8-2 winners.
Another man on form was Richard Mantell of Reading who expertly tucked away a hat-trick of penalty corners as his side ran out 7-3 winners over Hampstead and Westminster.
Loughborough Students took the lead in their match against Southgate after just 43 seconds – Owain Dolan Gray getting his name on the score sheet.
Southgate were resilient in response and equalised through George Scott after 21 minutes. A Loughborough goal from David Bowden and a Southgate goal for Matthew Grinham kept the game level as it finished a 2-2 draw.
Canterbury beat Brooklands MU 4-2 with four different players getting in on the action. Liam Foster opened the scoring after five minutes before Kwan Browne, Devohn Teixeira and David Mathews added to the tally.
East Grinstead came back from three goals down to win 4-3 as they took on Surbiton. Surbiton looked to be cruising to victory after a first-half hat-trick from James Tindall gave them a commanding lead.
But a Mark Pearn goal sparked East Grinstead back into life and he pounced again in the 63rd minute to claim the winner.
Results (Saturday, September 15 2012):
Men’s Hockey League Men’s Premier Division: Cannock 2, Beeston 8; Canterbury 4, Brooklands MU 2; East Grinstead 4, Surbiton 3; Hampstead and Westminster 3, Reading 7; Loughborough Students MHC 2, Southgate 2.
Men’s Hockey League Men’s Conference East: Bromley and Beckenham 5, Indian Gymkhana 4; Cambridge City 3, Teddington 1; Holcombe 4, Oxted 2; Wimbledon 6, City of Peterborough 1.
Men’s Hockey League Men’s Conference North: Belper 1, Leek 0; Preston 3, Olton & West Warwicks 4; Sheffield Hallam 4, Khalsa (Warks) 2; University of Durham 2, Doncaster 1; Wakefield 1, Bowdon 4.
Men’s Hockey League Men’s Conference West: Cardiff & UWIC 4, Bristol Firebrands 2; Cheltenham 4, Team Bath Buccaneers 0; Fareham 1, Whitchurch 1; Guildford 5, Havant 2; University of Exeter 1, University of Birmingham 3.