Beeston roll on but Hampstead get a scare

[img_assist|nid=6556|title=|desc=Holcombe HC|link=none|align=right|width=93|height=100]CHATHAM, November 18 – England men’s hockey league premier division leaders met the leaders of conference east as Beeston travelled to Holcombe in the fourth round of the men’s cup on Sunday.

Stephen Lawrence got Beeston off to a flying start, finding the target just six minutes in. The signs looked ominous when Joe Sharp put them two goals up three minutes later but Holcombe stabilised and held steady for the remainder of the game and the game ended 2-0.

Cannock, third in the Premier Division, entertained another Conference East side in struggling City of Peterborough. The difference in quality showed as Dave Beckett led the scoring with his brace in a 7-1 drubbing.

Hampstead and Westminster survived a scare to come through their tie as 3-2 victors over conference north side Belper.

David Ebbage put the underdogs in front after two minutes but the prolific Will Naylor levelled the scores a minute later. Straight after the restart, Dave Edmonds put Hampstead 2-1 up with just four minutes on the clock.

The hard-fought encounter was finally decided by an Andrew Smith goal in the final minute of a dramatic game.

The only other Premier Division side in the round were Surbiton who hosted Preston. James Tindall and James Royce bagged a brace each as they put in a devastating display to win 8-0.

The day’s top scorer was Lorne Barnard of Oxted who chipped in with four goals as they beat St Albans 6-2.

The only game not completed was the tie between Sheffield University Bankers and Oxton. They played 10 minutes of their clash before it was decided that the pitch was unplayable. The postponed game will take place next Sunday.

EHB Men’s Cup (Sunday, November 18 2012):

Bromley and Beckenham 3, Norwich City 0; Cannock 7, City of Peterborough 1; Doncaster 2, West Hampstead 0; Hampstead and Westminster 3, Belper 2; Holcombe 0, Beeston 2; St Albans 2, Oxted 6; Surbiton 8, Preston 0.