[img_assist|nid=6187|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=220|height=220]LONDON, September 29 – Beeston continued their excellent start to their England men’s hockey league premier division campaign with a 5-1 victory over Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday.
Hampstead got off to a steady start and managed to keep Beeston from scoring until David Ames found the net after 25 minutes. Harry Martin added a second ten minutes later and the score was 2-0 at half time.
But minutes after the restart, Ben Arnold chipped in with a third and Martin Jones scored a fourth. By the time Michael Wark hit back for Hampstead in the 65th minute, the result was already a foregone conclusion but it looked as though the match would be something of a rarity – a Beeston win without a Simon Egerton goal.
But then on the 66th minute, the prolific hit-man added another to his impressive tally and keep his team at the top of the table.
Southgate and Surbiton went to toe to toe elsewhere in the league and thrashed out an exhilarating 4-4 draw. Alex Penney and James Tindall hit a brace each to take a point for Surbiton.
Canterbury were in irresistible form as they hit Loughborough for six – cruising to a 6-0 win to stay second. Reigning champions Reading were held to a 1-1 draw away to Cannock.
And in the day’s late game, Brooklands MU secured a 3-1 win over hosts East Grinstead, with Mark Bateman, Sam French and Charlie Brooke scoring their goals.
England men’s hockey league (Saturday, September 29 2012)
Men’s Premier Division: Cannock 1, Reading 1; Canterbury 6, Loughborough Students MHC 0; East Grinstead 1, Brooklands MU 3; Hampstead and Westminster 1, Beeston 5; Southgate 4, Surbiton 4.
Men’s Conference East: Bromley and Beckenham 3, Teddington 0; Cambridge City 3, Holcombe 5; Old Loughtonians 5, City of Peterborough 1; Oxted 5, Indian Gymkhana 3; Wimbledon 7, Richmond 1.
Men’s Conference North: Belper 4, Preston 0; Doncaster 3, Olton & West Warwicks 4; Khalsa (Warks) 2, Bowdon 2; University of Durham 4, Leek 3; Wakefield 1, Sheffield Hallam 2.
Men’s Conference West: Bristol Firebrands 1, Whitchurch 3; Cardiff & UWIC 1, University of Birmingham 0; Cheltenham 1, Guildford 1; Fareham 1, University of Exeter 5; Havant 0, Team Bath Buccaneers 5.