[img_assist|nid=6143|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=220|height=205]READING, September 23 – East Grinstead gained some revenge for their defeat to Reading in last season’s Championship final when they beat them 5-4 in the England men’s hockey league premier division on Sunday.
Reading held a slender lead at half time with goals from Darren Cheesman and Richard Mantell helping them to a 2-1 advantage. Mark Pearn scored the solitary goal for East Grinstead.
But just a few minutes after the restart a shot deflected in off the Reading keeper to level up the scores, and East Grinstead then claimed the next three goals with Ashley Jackson, Andy Piper and Rick Gay all getting in on the action.But Reading came back again with Cheesman bagging his second and Richard Mantell finding the target for a second time. But East Grinstead managed to hold on for the win.
Beeston are top of the table following their comprehensive 7-1 win over Canterbury, while third in the table are Loughborough Students who came through today with a narrow 2-1 victory over Surbiton.
Hampstead and Westminster got their first win of the season under their belts with a 2-1 win over Southgate, and Cannock won 3-1 at Brooklands with Dave Harris scoring two.
England men’s hockey league (September 23 2012):
Men’s Premier Division: Beeston 7, Canterbury 1; Brooklands MU 1, Cannock 3; Reading 4, East Grinstead 5; Southgate 1, Hampstead and Westminster 2; Surbiton 1, Loughborough Students 2.
Men’s Conference East: City of Peterborough 2, Cambridge City 2; Indian Gymkhana 1, Holcombe 1; Oxted 3, Old Loughtonians 2, Teddington 3, Wimbledon 4 (played Saturday).
Men’s Conference North: Bowdon 3, Preston 0; Doncaster 2, Sheffield Hallam 3; Khalsa (Warks) 1, University of Durham 3; Leek 4, Wakefield 3; Olton & West Warwicks 1, Belper 2.
Men’s Conference West: Bristol Firebrands 0, University of Exeter 4; Havant 2, Fareham 6; Team Bath Buccaneers 4, Cardiff & UWIC 1; University of Birmingham 1, Cheltenham 1; Whitchurch 1, Guildford 4.