SURBITON shot to the top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Premier Division with a thrilling 6-2 win over Beeston on Saturday.
Both sides were undefeated going into the game and it was visiting Beeston who took the lead through Richard Lawrence on 19 minutes. Matt Daly and then Rob Schilling struck back for Surbiton before David Ames equalised for Beeston.
It was still 2-2 up to the 56th minute when Rob Moore tipped the game in Surbiton’s favour and a furious end to the game saw Alan Forsyth score twice and Daly add a sixth.
East Grinstead are second on goal difference after they beat Brooklands Manchester University 5-2.
Ashley Jackson swept home a penalty stroke just five minutes in and further goals from his brother Wesley Jackson, Mark Pearn and a Mark Gleghorne double completed the win. Richard Slater notched Brooklands’ goals.
Goalless after their first two matches, Reading blasted in five as they beat Canterbury 5-3.
Jonty Clarke and Dan Shingles both scored in the second minute. After Jack Clee had made it three on ten minutes – and Clarke had missed a penalty stroke – Canterbury finally got off the mark as Harry Roberts pulled Canterbury back to 3-1.
James Spain’s 26th minute strike narrowed the gap further, but a second Clarke goal and another from Tom Carson made it 5-3, rendering Ben Hare’s 60th minute goal a consolation.
Two early goals proved to be the undoing of Hampstead and Westminster as they lost 3-2 to Cannock.
Ben Stoney found the goal for Cannock three minutes in and Peter Jackson doubled up five minutes later. Hardeep Singh Jawanda made it three on the half hour mark and despite scoring through Andy Hayward and Oliver Didham, Hampstead and Westminster couldn’t nick a point.
Exactly the same thing happened in the game between Southgate and Wimbledon. Wimbledon were 3-0 up after 19 minutes thanks to Phil Roper, Chris Gregg and Ali Brogdon but Giulio Ferrini and Rick Gay pulled two back for Southgate.
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Newly-promoted Chichester Priory Park have made a dream start to life in the NOW: Pensions Conference East, and they made it three wins from three with a superb 7-2 win over Teddington. Matt Cox scored a hat-trick.
There are four teams tied on six points in the league and one of them, Bromley and Beckenham , prevailed 4-1 over Old Loughtonians as Peter Dobson hit a brace.
Holcombe kept their perfect start going with a 3-1 defeat of Cambridge City. Barry Middleton’s second-half brace added to the opening goal from Gareth Andrew.
Second half strikes from Charlie Ellison, Jesse Gatt, Euan Corbett and Tom Groombridge claimed three points for Richmond who beat Brighton 3-1.
A late Christopher Coleman goal nabbed a draw for Oxted at West Herts. The hosts looked set for a 1-2 win before Coleman struck in the dying minutes of the game.
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Deeside Ramblers took their first win of the campaign with a 4-1 result at bottom club Leek. Bart Ryan-Beswick was their star with two second-half goals.
Goals from Josh Barras, Joe Morrison and Travis Cresswell handed Doncaster a 3-0 victory over Yorkshire rivals Wakefield.
Bowdon’s Ben White scored two goals before being sent off for a second bookable offence in a 2-2 draw at home to Loughborough Students.
University of Durham’s game against Sheffield Hallam and Olton and West Warwicks’ trip to Belper both ended goalless.
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Cardiff and Met stamped their authority on the NOW: Pensions Conference West with a 9-2 win over University of Birmingham. Luke Hawker and Rhys Gowman scored a brace each.
As well as Cardiff, Team Bath Buccaneers also have a 100 per cent record and they also put on a thrilling show, beating Whitchurch 7-1. Tim Davenport was in top form, hitting five goals.
Josh Gordon was another hot-shot, scoring a hat-trick for Fareham. His goals saw Fareham beat Indian Gymkhana 6-2.
A late leveller from Maciej Walkowiak earned a point for Guildford against University of Exeter, who took the lead in the fourth minute through Edward Matts before the game ended 2-2.
Tom Cole also hit a late winner for Cheltenham. Their game against Barford Tigers was tied at 1-1 until Cole slammed home with four minutes left.
* Photo of Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth celebrating a goal against Beeston is by Peter Savage.
NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, September 27 2014):
NOW: Pensions Premier Division: Hampstead and Westminster 2, Cannock 3; Southgate 2, Wimbledon 3; Surbiton 6, Beeston 2; Brooklands Manchester University 2, East Grinstead 5; Reading 5, Canterbury 3.
NOW: Pensions Men’s Conference East: Richmond 3, Brighton and Hove 1; Teddington 2, Chichester Priory Park 7; West Herts 2, Oxted 2; Old Loughtonians 1, Bromley and Beckenham 4; Holcombe 3, Cambridge City 1.
NOW: Pensions Men’s Conference North: University of Durham 0, Sheffield Hallam 0; Belper 0, Olton and West Warwicks 0; Bowdon 2, Loughborough Students 2; Leek 1, Deeside Ramblers 4; Doncaster 3, Wakefield 0.
NOW: Pensions Men’s Conference West: Cheltenham 2, Barford Tigers; University of Exeter 2, Guildford; Cardiff and Met 9, University of Birmingham 2; Team Bath Buccaneers 7, Whitchurch 1; Fareham 6, Indian Gymkhana 2.