[img_assist|nid=6187|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]LONDON, October 9 – Beeston cemented their dominance of the England men’s hockey league premier division with a dramatic win over East Grinstead on Sunday.
Goal machine Simon Egerton had put Beeston ahead from a penalty corner on 12 minutes before Will Arthur restored parity for East Grinstead.
Craig Boyne hit back for Beeston only for Mark Pearn to level things up again after 57 minutes. The game looked to be heading for a draw but then Egerton rattled the ball home with the last stroke of the game to pinch it for Beeston and make it four wins in a row.Second-placed Canterbury took another win, this time against bottom-placed Surbiton. But Canterbury didn’t have it all their own way and have the heroics of Diccon Stubbings to thank for the points after he saved a James Tindall penalty stroke to keep the score at 2-1.
Reading claimed their second win of the campaign to end the day in third place after recording a 3-2 win over struggling Southgate.
Darren Cheesman opened the scoring for Reading after just four minutes and Richard Mantell doubled the advantage from a penalty corner. Southgate rallied and struck back through George Scott and Callum Burden before Simon Mantell hit the winner.
A Peter Jackson hat-trick helped Cannock to a 4-3 victory against Loughborough Students and in the other game of the day, Hampstead & Westminster ran out 3-1 winners over Brooklands having gone one down after three minutes.
Wimbledon still lead the Men’s Conference East after their 2-2 draw with Holcombe yesterday. But Bromley and Beckenham did all they could to close the gap, thrashing City of Peterborough 6-0.
Phil Roper was at the double as he hit the mark twice in Sheffield Hallam’s 5-3 win over Belper. The result keeps them two points ahead of Bowdon in the Men’s Conference North.
Tim Davenport’s brace had a hand in keeping Team Bath Buccaneers at the top of the Men’s Conference West as they outscored Bristol Firebrands 4-2.
Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 7 2012):
Men’s Premier Division: Beeston 3, East Grinstead 2; Brooklands MU 1, Hampstead and Westminster 3; Loughborough Students MHC 3, Cannock 4; Reading 3, Southgate 2; Surbiton 1, Canterbury 2.
Men’s Conference East: City of Peterborough 0, Bromley and Beckenham 6; Indian Gymkhana 5, Cambridge City 5; Richmond 2, Oxted 2; Teddington 3, Old Loughtonians 2; Holcombe 2, Wimbledon 2 (played Saturday).
Men’s Conference North: Bowdon 4, Doncaster 1; Leek 2, Khalsa (Warks) 2; Olton & West Warwicks 3, University of Durham 1; Preston 4, Wakefield 5; Sheffield Hallam 5, Belper 3.
Men’s Conference West: Guildford 1, Fareham 1; Team Bath Buccaneers 4, Bristol Firebrands 2; University of Birmingham 0, Havant 3; University of Exeter 2, Cheltenham 2; Whitchurch 0, Cardiff & UWIC 1.