[img_assist|nid=6260|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=68|height=100]LONDON, October 13 – With the top three teams in the England men’s hockey league premier division all missing from the schedule on Saturday, the teams below them had a great chance to play catch up.
East Grinstead were the main benefactors, moving up to fourth spot with a 1-1 draw at Hampstead and Westminster, courtesy of a goal from Rick Gay.
But Hampstead are level on points with East Grinstead, thanks to a penalty stroke scored by Will Naylor.
The other two games played in the premier division on Saturday boasted seven goals each. They resulted in big wins for both Surbiton and Southgate – their first victories of the season.
Surbiton beat Cannock 6-1 with Rob Moore and Alexander Penney both hitting a brace. Southgate put seven past Brooklands MU with no reply with Dan Shingles hitting the target three times.
A slender win for Bowdon kept their status as leaders of the conference north intact.
They ran out 3-2 winners over Olton & West Warwickshire thanks to David Egerton’s second goal of the game four minutes from time.
Cardiff and UWIC picked up their fourth win of the campaign to go top of the Investec conference west.
Their 2-1 win came about through goals from Richard Howson and Mark Whatling and was enough to steal the lead from Team Bath Buccaneers who could only manage a 3-3 draw with University of Exeter.
In the conference east Wimbledon stay top after a comfortable 4-1 win over Indian Gymkhana. Ben Hawes scored two goals to put his side into a very strong position at the top, two points ahead of Holcombe who battled back from 1-2 down to beat City of Peterborough 4-3.
England men’s hockey league (October 13 2012):
Premier Division: Hampstead and Westminster 1, East Grinstead 1; Southgate 7, Brooklands MU 0; Surbiton 6, Cannock 1.
Conference East : Holcombe 4, City of Peterborough 3; Indian Gymkhana 1, Wimbledon 4; Old Loughtonians 4, Bromley and Beckenham 3; Oxted 2, Teddington 2; Richmond 5, Cambridge City 3.
Conference North: Khalsa (Warks) 2, Belper 2; Leek 5, Sheffield Hallam 3; Olton & West Warwicks 2, Bowdon 3; Preston 4, Doncaster 2; Wakefield 2, University of Durham 2.
Conference West: Bristol Firebrands 0, Guildford 4; Cardiff & UWIC 2, Fareham 1; Havant 3, Cheltenham 3; University of Birmingham 4, Whitchurch 3; University of Exeter 3, Team Bath Buccaneers 3.