Thursday, October 28, 2021

England Hockey round-up: Hampstead & Westminster sides continue unbeaten runs

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The men’s Premier Division saw Old Georgians, Hampstead & Westminster and Surbiton maintain their 100 per cent records in contrasting styles on Sunday.

University of Exeter came close to ending their run of 11 matches without a win before H&W turned the tide to come from 3-1 down and prevail 4-3 at home.

After former Exeter student Matt Ramshaw had opened the scoring, the west country side rallied with three goals before the Londoners’ comeback, a double from Matt Guise-Brown and Rupert Shipperley at the death sealing the points.

Surbiton maintained their winning start – three from three – with a late show against University of Durham.

Last week saw Oxted produce a last quarter turnaround to beat Durham. A week on and Surbiton scored three in the last 14 minutes through Rob Farrington, Ben Park and Luke Taylor.

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Old Georgians racked up a sizzling 7-0 win over East Grinstead, the Surrey side making it 16 goals from three games thus far and staying top on goal difference.

EG endured a tough afternoon, their plight made worse by being forced to put an outfield player in goal following an accidental injury to goalkeeper Sam Lloyd, who was motionless on the ground for around a minute before being helped off the field and taken to hospital. Sam Ward netted four times.

Meanwhile, Beeston rallied three times to finish 3-3 with Brooklands MU, summer signing Kai Aichinger scoring with three minutes left to give the Bees their first point of the season.

Oxted’s good start to the season came undone at home to Wimbledon as a Duncan Scott hat-trick contributed to a 6-0 victory for the south Londoners.

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Hampstead & Westminster women are also on a roll in the Vitality Premier Division, racking up their fourth win from four and the only team with an unblemished record.

Lucy Hyams’ first strike of the season from a 17th minute corner on Saturday was enough to see Hampstead record the win and stay at the top of the table.

Behind them, three teams are on six points with East Grinstead now second in the table after beating Beeston 2-1 with goals from Chloe Palmer and Ellie Rayer.

Wimbledon beat Swansea 4-1 on the road, while a late Buckingham goal from Jo Day gave Buckingham a share of the points at Surbiton in a 2-2 draw.

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