[img_assist|nid=6187|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]NOTTINGHAM, October 21 – Beeston went yet another week unbeaten as they recorded their fifth straight win in the England men’s hockey league premier division on Sunday, beating Surbiton 7-2.
Simon Egerton showed his class with another hat-trick, including two penalty strokes to take his tally for the season to 14.
Although the result never looked in doubt, Surbiton did look capable of scoring goals and could have had more if it hadn’t been for Alex Penney’s penalty stroke hitting the frame of the goal.
Canterbury, level on points with Beeston but having played a game more, sit second in the table but kept the pressure on the leaders with a convincing win over Hampstead and Westminster.
Cannock, third in the table, met Southgate who are second from bottom. Despite their position in the table, Cannock have a habit of conceding goals and today was no different as they shipped four although they still managed to win the game 5-4.
Reading slipped to fourth in the league after losing 3-2 to Brooklands. A Nick Giles goal with six minutes remaining won it for the home side.
Loughborough Students hauled themselves up the table and are now level on points with East Grinstead after their victory over them today.
East Grinstead were leading 2-1 at half time but despite EG’s Glenn Kirkham notching a hat-trick and Loughborough having Chris Griffiths sent off, Loughborough took a 5-4 victory.
Wimbledon still lead the conference east after their narrow win over Oxted on Saturday. Chris Gregg, Ben Hawes, Chris Rich and Johnny Kinder all got on the score sheet in a 4-3 win.
Bowdon survived a late scare to keep their place at the head of the conference north as they faced Leek.
Mark Daniel and Alex Humphries had given them a two-goal lead after half an hour but then with 12 minutes remaining, Daniel O’Neill pulled one back. That resulted in a nervy end to the game but Bowdon held on for the win.
Team Bath Buccaneers were celebrating their return to the top of the conference west after beating University of Birmingham 3-1.
Cardiff slipped down to second following a shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of Havant who move from ninth up to seventh.
Premier Division: Beeston 7, Surbiton 2; Brooklands MU 3, Reading 2; Cannock 5, Southgate 4; Canterbury 6, Hampstead and Westminster 1; East Grinstead 4, Loughborough Students MHC 5.
Conference East : Bromley and Beckenham 1, Holcombe 3; Cambridge City 1, Old Loughtonians 4; City of Peterborough 5, Indian Gymkhana 2; Teddington 3, Richmond 2. Sat: Wimbledon 4, Oxted 3.
Conference North: Belper 3, Wakefield 3; Bowdon 2, Leek 1; Doncaster 3, Khalsa (Warks) 3; Sheffield Hallam 5, Olton & West Warwicks 2; University of Durham 4, Preston 0.
Conference West: Cardiff & UWIC 0, Havant 2; Cheltenham 3, Whitchurch 0; Fareham 2, Bristol Firebrands 2; Guildford 0, University of Exeter 2; Team Bath Buccaneers 3, University of Birmingham 1.