Beeston hit six, but other play-off places are tight

[img_assist|nid=6187|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]ENGLAND, March 10- Beeston are 14 points ahead of Surbiton at the top of the England Men’s Hockey League Premier Division thanks to a stunning 6-0 win over struggling Southgate.

Simon Egerton put the visitors ahead after 11 minutes and Southgate just couldn’t respond, leaking five more goals.

Southgate are now second from bottom and need to put a run together to pull themselves out of danger.

The whole league is very tight below Beeston and it’s anybody’s guess as to who might claim those other three play-off spots with only three points separating Surbiton in second and East Grinstead in sixth.

Surbiton didn’t do their chances any harm with a 5-2 win away to fellow play-off hopefuls Reading. Richard Springham had blasted the home side ahead inside six minutes but Surbiton turned the game on its head, James Gall leading the scoring with a brace.

Cannock had the chance to go second as they faced Hampstead and Westminster but after falling 0-1 down within two minutes, they went on to lose 1-2. Will Naylor hit both the goals for the visitors.

Canterbury are the team that are keeping Cannock out of the top four but they only keep them at bay on goal difference after losing 2-3 to East Grinstead – Andy Piper scoring the winner.

At the bottom of the table, Peter Flanagan earned a victory for Brooklands MU with two goals against Loughborough Students in a 3-2 win.

Cardiff and UWIC hold their lead at the head of the Conference West thanks to a 3-1 win over Cheltenham although they are looking over their shoulder at University of Exeter who are just one point behind.

In the Conference East, Chris Gregg was on target twice as Wimbledon edged a 3-2 win over Old Loughtonians. They only lead by the narrowest of margins though, having 23 in the goal difference column compared Holcombe’s 22.

Bowdon are still favourites to finish top in the Conference North despite being held to a 4-4 draw by University of Durham.

Men’s Hockey League (March 8 2013):

Conference West: Cardiff and UWIC 3, Whitchurch 1.

Men’s Hockey League (March 9 2013):

Conference North: University of Durham 5, Wakefield 1.

Men’s Hockey League (March 10 2013):

Premier Division: Reading 2, Surbiton 5; Canterbury 2, East Grinstead 3; Beeston 6, Southgate 0; Brooklands MU 3, Loughborough Students 2; Cannock 1, Hampstead and Westminster 2.

Conference East: City of Peterborough 3, Oxted 2; Teddington 3, Holcombe 6; Cambridge 5, Bromley and Beckenham 5; Wimbledon 3, Old Loughtonians 2; Richmond 3, Indian Gymkhana 1.

Conference North: Leek 1, Olton and west Warwickshire 1; Belper 1, Doncaster 1; Wakefield 2, Khalsa 2; Bowdon 4, University of Durham 4. Sheffield Hallam v Preston postponed.

Conference West: Guildford 1, Team Bath Buccaneers 1; University of Exeter 4, Whitchurch 2; Cardiff and UWIC 3, Cheltenham 1; Fareham 1, University of Birmingham 6; Bristol Firebrands 0, Havant 8.