A hat-trick from Ashley Jackson helped East Grinstead beat rivals Surbiton at Saint Hill in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.
The England and GB ace popped up to score on 20 minutes from open play, and Simon Faulkner doubled their lead with another on 34 minutes.
After the break, Jackson added trademark goals from penalty corners on 44 and 68 minutes to ensure that East Grinstead are the only team in the table with a 100 per cent record.
While Surbiton drop to second, Beeston and Hampstead and Westminster both missed their chance to go second as they battled out a 1-1 draw.
Andy Hayward scored from a corner routine to put Hampstead ahead on 23 minutes, only for Sam Ward to level from open play on 58 minutes.
Reading and Southgate also settled for a 1-1 draw in a fiery match which saw six yellow cards shown. Rick Gay put Southgate ahead after just eight minutes from a penalty stroke, but Richard Mantell matched it on 59 minutes from a penalty corner.
Canterbury kick-started their season with a 4-3 win at Brooklands Manchester University.
The home side were 2-0 ahead through Andrew Graham and Peter Flanagan before Canterbury hit back, Kwan Browne and Harry Roberts scoring on 25 and 30 minutes respectively to level at the break.
Ben Hare put them ahead, and Roberts added their fourth on 63 minutes. Aiden Khares pulled one back for Brooklands, but it was not enough.
And in Saturday evening’s match at Cannock, they were beaten 2-4 by visitors Wimbledon, whose goals came from Phil Ball (two), Phil Roper and Michael Hoare.
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Leading three-nil with nine minutes remaining, Team Bath Buccaneers survived a late score to win 2-3 against hosts Guildford in the NOW: Pensions Conference West.
Two goals from Tim Davenport and one from Ben Stone had put them into a comfortable lead, but late goals from Chris Boot and Mohammad Rahman pulled Guildford back within striking distance.
Meanwhile, Cardiff and Met still lead the table after notching up a 5-1 win at the University of Exeter. Third-placed Fareham lost out 1-2 at home against university of Birmingham, while Indian Gymkhana secured their first win of the season, a 2-1 victory over Cheltenham.
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Loughborough Students dropped to second in the NOW: Pensions Conference North after they were held to a 3-3 draw by second-bottom Leek.
Two goals from Paul Dawson and one from Elliot White helped Leek take a point, while Loughborough’s scorers were Luke Taylor (2) and George Lilley.
Bowdon now lead the table after winning 2-0 at Sheffield Hallam, with both their goals coming from Simon Egerton.
And Olton and West Warwickshire are fourth after a 3-2 win over Doncaster, their goals coming from Adam Croutear, Ed James and Tom Mallett. Andrew Appleton and Joe Morrison scored for Doncaster, but it wasn’t enough.
University of Durham were leading three-nil with just nine minutes gone at Wakefield, but they still ended up losing 4-3 with Angus Boulton, Greg Moorhouse, Richard Thomas and Dan Berry scoring for Wakefield.
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Holcombe continued to dominate the NOW: Pensions Conference East with a 6-0 win at Oxted. Gareth Andrew scored twice, while others came from Barry Middleton, Nick Catlin, Harry Trusler and James Stedman.
But Chichester Priory Park are also on a 100 per cent record following their 4-1 win over Old Loughtonians. Ollie Baxter, Andrew Sparshott, Richard Blakesley and Matt Cox scored their goals.
Cambridge City also enjoyed a big win, beating Richmond 5-1 with goals from Ed Perry (2), Keir Dixon, Scott Gilmour and Alistair Wilson.
And West Herts remain third in the table after they beat visitors Bromley and Beckenham 5-1. Max Webster (2), Neal Dolphin, Terry Kynaston and Phil Clay scored their goals.
* Photo shows Ashley Jackson and Mark Gleghorne poised to shoot from a penalty corner for East Grinstead. Credit Ann Needle.
NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 5 2014):
NOW: Pensions Men’s Premier Division: Beeston 1, Hampstead and Westminster 1; Brooklands Manchester University 3, Canterbury 4; East Grinstead 4, Surbiton 0; Reading 1, Southgate 1.
NOW: Pensions Men’s Conference West: Fareham 1, University of Birmingham 2; Guildford 2, Team Bath Buccaneers 3; Indian Gymkhana 2, Cheltenham 1; University of Exeter 1, Cardiff and Met 5; Whitchurch 4, Barford Tigers 3.
NOW: Pensions Men’s Conference North: Deeside Ramblers 3, Belper 2; Loughborough Students 3, Leek 3; Olton and West Warwickshire 3, Doncaster 2; Sheffield Hallam 0, Bowdon 2; Wakefield 4, University of Durham 3.
NOW: Pensions Men’s Conference East: Brighton and Hove 0, Teddington 0; Cambridge City 5, Richmond 1; Chichester Priory Park 4, Old Loughtonians 1; Oxted 0, Holcombe 6; West Herts 5, Bromley and Beckenham 1.