[img_assist|nid=6187|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]LOUGHBOROUGH, November 4 – Simon Egerton hit a hat-trick to keep Beeston at the top of the England men’s hockey league premier division as they took their latest win of the campaign with a 5-3 score line against Loughborough Students on Friday evening.
He struck twice inside the first half hour to give Beeston a 2-1 lead before rounding off another fine performance with his third in the second half. He now leads the top scorers in the league with 17 goals, having notched 10 more than second-placed James Tindall.
Beeston still have a perfect record for the season, winning all seven of their league games. Despite the loss, Loughborough still sit in fourth place.
Canterbury are keeping Beeston in their sights though, and are only three points behind them in the table. They kept the pressure on by beating East Grinstead 4-2 on Saturday thanks to goals from David Mathews, Chris Sleeman, Stuart Goodman and Liam Foster.
In the only other Premier game of the weekend, Surbiton and Reading shared the spoils after a 2-2 draw.
On Sunday, there was only one game in the league and it was a conference east fixture which pitted Richmond against Bromley & Beckenham.
After going into the break goalless, the deadlock was broken after 51 minutes when Jon Smedley found the backboard to put Bromley ahead. They went on to win 2-0, with James Grannell grabbing the other.