Hawes hat-trick get’s Wimbledon’s promotion ball rolling

[img_assist|nid=7637|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]ENGLAND, APril 7 – A hat-trick from Ben Hawes gave Wimbledon the advantage after the first round of games in the Men’s Hockey League promotion tournament as they beat Cardiff and UWIC 1-4.

It was Cardiff who took the lead through Mark Whatling after 12 minutes as he hit home from a penalty corner, but Richard Alexander equalised for Wimbledon just two minutes later. Hawes hit his first from a penalty stroke and added two more after the break to put his side in the driving seat.

Sheffield Hallam pulled off a great win against the side from the Premier Division as they secured a 3-0 victory with goals from David Goodfield, Rhys Gowman and Phil Roper. They are now second on goal difference.

Investec Men’s Hockey League (April 7 2013):

Promotion Tournament: Southgate 0, Sheffield Hallam 3; Cardiff and UWIC 1, Wimbledon 4.