[img_assist|nid=6498|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=96]MANCHESTER, November 12 – League leaders Beeston dropped their first points of the season when they were beaten 3-2 at Brooklands Manchester University on Sunday.
Still top of the table, Beeston’s lead is now three points after a dramatic game – and on a day of drama across the England men’s hockey league.
It looked to be business as usual for Beeston when they were award a penalty stroke and Simon Egerton stepped up to take it. But Brooklands keeper Chris Scott made a fantastic save to keep the game scoreless.
A double from Charlie Brooke and a goal from Phil Dutoy were enough for Brooklands to take the win 3-2.
Bottom club Surbiton earned a draw against Hampstead and Westminster. After 65 minutes Hampstead were leading 2-1, but lost keeper Ian Scanlon to a yellow card and Tim Pinnock went on to equalise for Surbiton.
Canterbury could have gone level on points with Beeston but also suffered a shock loss to Southgate thanks to goals from Dan Shingles and Simeon Bird.
Cannock were leading East Grinstead 3-0 after two Dave Harris penalty strokes gave them the advantage. But Rick Gay led an East Grinstead fight back with two goals and they ended up winning 5-3. In the other premier game of the day, Reading and Loughborough Students drew 2-2.
Bowdon led the conference north at the start of the day but Sheffield Hallam beat them 3-1 to leapfrog into first place.
The conference west is tight at the top at the moment but Exeter sit in first place on goal difference after their 1-1 draw with Havant. In the conference east, Holcombe went top with a 4-0 win over Richmond as former leaders Wimbledon lost to 3-2 at home to Bromley and Beckenham.
Men’s Hockey League (November 11 2012):
Men’s Premier Division: Brooklands MU 3, Beeston 2; Cannock 3, East Grinstead 5; Hampstead and Westminster 2, Surbiton 2; Reading 2, Loughborough Students MHC 2; Southgate 2, Canterbury 1.
Men’s Conference East: Old Loughtonians 4, Indian Gymkhana 1; Oxted 3, Cambridge City 5; Richmond 0, Holcombe 4; Teddington 7, City of Peterborough 3; Wimbledon 2, Bromley and Beckenham 3.
Men’s Conference North: Belper 1, University of Durham 1; Khalsa (Warks) 4, Preston 2; Leek 3, Doncaster 2; Sheffield Hallam 3, Bowdon 1. Sat: Wakefield 0, Olton & West Warwicks 1.
Men’s Conference West: Bristol Firebrands 2, University of Birmingham 3; Fareham 5, Cheltenham 2; Guildford 1, Cardiff & UWIC 0; University of Exeter 1, Havant 1; Whitchurch 2, Team Bath Buccaneers 1.