Sam Ward and Stuart Pilgrim both scored twice as Beeston swept aside Brooklands Manchester University 7-1 in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.
Beeston had scored four by the break and it only got worse for Brooklands after the restart, despite Phil Dutoy scoring a consolation. As well as Ward and Pilgrim’s goals David Ames, Gordon McIntyre and Adam Dixon.
Surbiton held on to second spot in the table after a goal in each half was enough to record a 2-0 victory over Hampstead and Westminster.
Matt Daly opened the scoring from a penalty corner on 18 minutes and then Dave Beckett wrapped up the points six minutes from end, making it 2-0.
Cannock took their second win of the season with a 2-1 defeat of struggling Canterbury. Nick Bandurak and Hardeep Jawanda gave them a 2-0 lead and although Kwan Browne pulled one back for Canterbury in the final minute, it was too little, too late.
The match between Wimbledon and Reading was abandoned with the score at two-nil to Reading, after the floodlights failed just as Wimbledon were preparing for a penalty corner.
Tom Carson and Richard Mantell scored Reading’s first half goals, but it remains up to the league committee whether the result will stand.
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Team Bath Buccaneers and Cardiff both had 100 per cent records going into their NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Conference West showdown, but it was the Buccaneers who made it five wins from five with a 2-0 win. Goals came from Tim Davenport and Shaun Baker.
Fareham are third in the league and beat Guildford 4-1 with James Seager bagging a brace. James Astley was also on target twice as his Cheltenham side beat Whitchurch 3-1. University of Birmingham beat University of Exeter 3-2 and Barford Tigers prevailed with a 3-1 score line against Indian Gymkhana.
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Ben White’s hat-trick led the way for Bowdon as a dominant display saw them beat Deeside Ramblers 7-1.
David Egerton chipped in with a brace as Bowdon took their third win of the season and retain top spot in NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Conference North.
There was a another hat-trick hero in the South Yorkshire derby between Sheffield Hallam and Doncaster as Liam Ansell showed his skill in front of goal in Hallam’s 5-2 win.
University of Durham were also big winners, beating Leek 6-2. Olton and West Warwicks inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Loughborough Students and Wakefield beat Belper 2-1.
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Holcombe smashed 11 unanswered goals past West Herts as they went clear at the top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Conference East.
Gareth Andrew bagged four goals, while Dan Coultas hit a hat-trick, James Stedman scored two and there were single strikes from Stefan Vehrle-Smith and David Appleton.
Chichester Priory Park tasted their first defeat of the campaign with a 2-1 loss to Bromley and Beckenham.
Chichester had taken the lead on 18 minutes through Connor Mclaughlin but late goals from Ali Falconer and Jamie Batten stole the win for Bromley.
There was another late winner in the game between Old Loughtonians and Brighton and Hove as Mike Burney’s 66th minute goal clinched a 3-2 victory for Brighton.
Oxted were another team who left it late to take something from their game, Huw Jones’ 70th minute strike tying their game with Cambridge City at 3-3.
* The photo shows Beeston’s Stuart Pilgrim scoring against Brooklands Manchester University. Credit Josh Dixon.
NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 11 2014):
NOW: Pensions Men’s Premier Division: Beeston 7, Brooklands Manchester University 1; Surbiton 2, Hampstead and Westminster 0; Wimbledon 0, Reading 2 (aban 60 mins); Canterbury 1, Cannock 2.
NOW: Pensions Men’s Conference West: University of Birmingham 3, University of Exeter 2; Whitchurch 1, Cheltenham 3; Team Bath Buccaneers 2, Cardiff and Met 0; Guildford 1, Fareham 4; Barford Tigers 3, Indian Gymkhana 1.
NOW: Pensions Men’s Conference North: University of Durham 6, Leek 2; Deeside Ramblers 1, Bowdon 7; Doncaster 2, Sheffield Hallam 5; Wakefield 2, Belper 1; Loughborough Students 1, Olton and West Warwicks 3.
NOW: Pensions Men’s Conference East: Old Loughtonians 2, Brighton and Hove 3; Oxted 3, Cambridge City 3; Richmond 2, Teddington 1; Holcombe 11, West Herts 0; Bromley and Beckenham 2, Chichester Priory Park 1.