Surbiton inflict shock defeat on leaders Beeston

[img_assist|nid=6260|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=68|height=100]ENGLAND, March 3 – A brace of goals from James Tindall helped Surbiton secure a shock 5-1 win over league leaders Beeston in the England men’s hockey league premier division on Sunday.

It took just two minutes for Tindall to find the net and Rob Schilling soon added another to stun Beeston. Alex Penney rubbed salt into the wounds on 18 minutes as he slotted home from a penalty corner.

Adam Dixon did pull one back for Beeston, but an own goal and a second from Tindall made it 5-1 to the home side. It could have been more had James Royce’s penalty flick not been saved by George Pinner in the Beeston goal.

Beeston, suffering only their second defeat of the campaign, are still perched on top of the table with a 12-point lead. Meanwhile, the win for Surbiton puts them within a point of the play-off places.

East Grinstead haven’t given up on making the play-offs, although they sit four points behind Cannock and Canterbury.

Mark Pearn starred in their latest game, a 3-3 draw with Loughborough Students. Ian Sloan struck twice for Loughborough in the first half and when Oliver Ward knocked in the third on 48 minutes it looked to be all over.

But Pearn went on to score a hat-trick in the final ten minutes of the game to rescue a point for his side.

Canterbury eased to victory over Hampstead and Westminster courtesy of two Liam Foster goals and Reading beat Brooklands MU 3-1. And in the other game in the Premier Division, Cannock beat Southgate 3-2 having trailed 2-0 early on.

It’s tight at the top of the Conference East with Wimbledon and Holcombe both winning and amassing 32 points thus far.

In the Conference North, Oliver Stoddart helped lowly Wakefield beat Belper by hitting all the goals in a 4-0 win. Bowdon lead the league by a point and have a game in hand over Sheffield Hallam.

In the Conference West, University of Exeter leapfrogged Guildford into top spot after beating them 2-1.

Men’s Hockey League (March 3 2013):

Premier Division: Southgate 2, Cannock 3; Hampstead and Westminster 0, Canterbury 3; Loughborough Students 3, East Grinstead 3; Surbiton 5, Beeston 1; Reading 3, Brooklands MU 1.

Conference East: Oxted 0, Wimbledon 1; Richmond 4, Teddington 1; Holcombe 5, Bromley and Beckenham 2; Indian Gymkhana 3, City of Peterborough 0; Old Loughtonians 2, Cambridge City 1.

Conference North: Olton and West Warwickshire 3, Sheffield Hallam 3; Leek 0, Bowdon 3; Preston 3, University of Durham 3; Wakefield 4, Belper 0; Khalsa 3, Doncaster 2.

Conference West: University of Birmingham 3, Team Bath Buccaneers 1; University of Exeter 2, Guildford 1; Whitchurch 2, Cheltenham 1; Bristol Firebrands 3, Fareham 4; Havant 3, Cardiff and UWIC 3.