Wimbledon inflict Beeston’s first defeat

[img_assist|nid=8716|title=Goal|desc=Wimbledon’s Ali Brogdon celebrates after scoring in their 3-2 win over Beeston Photo: David Kissman|link=node|align=right|width=220|height=269]In-form Wimbledon became the first team this season to beat leaders Beeston in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division, winning 3-2 at Highfields on Sunday.

Newly promoted Wimbledon took the lead when Johnny Kinder guided the ball home in the 21st minute. Chris Proctor pulled one back for Beeston just four minutes later, but Kinder restored Wimbledon’s lead before the break with a goal on 31 minutes.

Ali Brogdon forced the ball in to make it 3-1 to Wimbledon with four minutes to go. Sam Ward narrowed the deficit for Beeston in the final minute but it was too little too late and Wimbledon held out.

East Grinstead left Sheffield Hallam with a 5-3 win, courtesy of a brace from David Cordon and goals from Niall Stott, Andy Bull and Mark Pearn. Sheffield Hallam’s scorers were Liam Ansell, William Root and Gavin Byers.

Just behind East Grinstead are Reading who looked to be heading for a loss after finding themselves 3-0 down to Canterbury. Michael Farrer, Ross Gilham-Jones and Ben Allberry had given Canterbury the lead but then Tom Carson pulled one back for the visitors.

Canterbury did score another through an own goal but strikes from Chris Cargo, Richard Mantell, Darren Cheesman and a last-gasp Jonty Clarke shot saw Reading take a 5-4 win.

Surbiton stay fourth after a 2-0 victory over Hampstead and Westminster – James Gall and Geoff Mccabe both on target.

In the other game of the day, Cannock beat Loughborough Students 3-2. Martin Ebbage and Robbie Smith had put Cannock in front before goals from Loughborough’s Chris Griffiths and Dominic Bowden levelled the scores.  Nick Bandurak hit the winner for Cannock with minutes remaining.

Southgate still lead the NOW: Pensions Conference East after a narrow 2-1 win over third-placed Teddington. Simeon Bird and Rick Gay grabbing the goals for them.

Brooklands are still top of the NOW: Pensions Conference North but the standout result of the day was Leek’s 7-0 win over Deeside Ramblers. Ben White and Richard Cordon both bagged a brace with James Gough, Ed Stanhope and Tobies Mueller also getting in on the action.

NOW: Pensions Conference West leaders Team Bath Buccaneers needed a late goal to beat Havant in a 3-2 contest. Tim Davenport and Jack Betenson had already scored for Bath but James Speke and Craig Duffy’s goals for Havant tied the game. But Betenson poked home with three minutes remaining to snatch victory.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 24 2013):

NOW: Pensions Premier Division: Beeston 2, Wimbledon 3; Cannock 3, Loughborough Students 2; Canterbury 4, Reading 5; Hampstead and Westminster 0, Surbiton 2; Sheffield Hallam 3, East Grinstead 5.

NOW: Pensions Conference East: Brighton and Hove 0, Old Loughtonians 2; Bromley and Beckenham 4, Richmond 2; Cambridge City 2, Holcombe 4; Oxted 3, St. Albans 0; Teddington 1, Southgate 2.

NOW: Pensions Conference North: Bowdon 3, Belper 1; Khalsa (Warks) 4, West Bridgford 4; Leek 7, Deeside Ramblers 0; Olton & West Warwicks 1, University of Durham 1; Wakefield 0, Brooklands MU 3.

NOW: Pensions Conference West: Cardiff & Met 3, Cheltenham 1; Guildford 1, University of Exeter 6; Havant 2, Team Bath Buccaneers 3; Indian Gymkhana 5, Fareham 0; Isca 1, University of Birmingham 2.