Beeston secure final play-off place

Reading's hopes dashed by surprise loss to Canterbury
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Ames - Beeston

Beeston's David Ames battles for possession with Surbiton's Jonny Gall in the NOW Pensions Premier Division game between Beeston and Surbiton. Photo: Josh Dixon

Beeston secured the final slot in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division play-offs, despite a 4-2 home defeat at the hands of Surbiton on Sunday.

Alan Forsyth scored two penalty strokes for the visitors with Rupert Shipperley and Chris Grassick also on target. James Gall and Adam Dixon scored the goals for Beeston.

Reading’s slim hopes of grabbing the final berth in the play-offs at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London went up in smoke as relegation-threatened Canterbury pulled off the shock of the day, beating them 9-1.

Harry Roberts and Craig Boyne were Canterbury’s heroes, both scoring hat-tricks. Despite the win, they are still second from bottom.

East Grinstead were another team firing on all cylinders and they shot to the top with a 9-0 defeat of Brooklands Manchester University. David Condon, Simon Faulkner, Andrew Piper and Wesley Jackson all scored twice. They lead the league on goals scored, being equal with Surbiton on both points and goal difference.

Cannock pulled further away from the relegation battle with a 3-2 win over Wimbledon. Peter Jackson, who had earlier missed a penalty stroke, scored the winner in the dying seconds.

Hampstead and Westminster’s vital game against Southgate had to be abandoned after 24 minutes due to an injury to a match official.

NOW: Pensions Conference West

Cardiff and Met leapt to the top of the top of the NOW: Pensions Conference West after taking full advantage of a shock defeat for Team Bath Buccaneers.

Bath had not lost all season and were beating Barford Tigers 3-2 at the break after Tim Davenport scored twice in the opening four minutes.

Davenport completed his hat-trick in the second half but Tigers equalised before Shakeel Abbasi made it 5-4.

Cardiff beat Fareham 3-1 with Luke Hawker, Mathew Pacey and Mark Whatling all on target. University of Birmingham beat Whitchurch 2-0 and Guildford won 3-0 against Cheltenham. University of Exeter took a 3-2 victory over Indian Gymkhana.

NOW: Pensions Conference North

Sheffield Hallam scored seven goals for the second day running with a 7-1 defeat of Deeside Ramblers on the Sunday. Will Hearne led the scoring with a double. Despite the defeat, Deeside are now safe from the drop.

Bowdon were also big winners, beating Doncaster 5-0. Simon Egerton hit a brace and it could have been more but David Egerton missed a penalty stroke.

Ed James scored a hat-trick in Olton and West Warwicks’ 6-2 defeat of Belper and Adam Clark also scored three in Loughborough Students’ 5-1 win over Wakefield. Leek came from 2-0 down to beat University of Durham 3-2.

Leek and Belper now have two games left to decide who faces automatic relegation or relegation play-offs with both teams too far adrift of eighth-placed Deeside Ramblers.

NOW: Pensions Conference East

Teddington’s relegation fears deepened with a 9-2 loss at home to Oxted. Chris Porter and Dafydd Charles scored two each and Robbert Schenk hit three.

It’s tight at the bottom of the division with five teams caught up in a fight against the drop. Brighton edged closer to safety with a 2-1 win over West Herts and Chichester Priory Park lost 4-2 to Richmond, who now climb out of the bottom two.

Old Loughtonians slip to second from bottom after losing 3-2 to Bromley and Beckenham.

Holcombe continued their unbeaten season, prevailing 2-1 against Cambridge City. Dan Coultas and Stefan Vehrle-Smith scored their goals.


NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, March 1 2015):

NOW: Pensions Men's Premier Division: Beeston 2, Surbiton 4; East Grinstead 9, Brooklands Manchester University 0; Wimbledon 2, Cannock 3; Canterbury 9, Reading 1; Southgate v Hampstead and Westminster abandoned.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference West: Guildford 3, Cheltenham 0; Barford Tigers 5, Team Bath Buccaneers 4; Whitchurch 0, University of Birmingham 2; Fareham 1, Cardiff and Met 3; Indian Gymkhana 2, University of Exeter 3.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference North: Olton and West Warwicks 6, Belper 2; Sheffield Hallam 7, Deeside Ramblers 1; Doncaster 0, Bowdon 5; Leek 3, University of Durham 2; Loughborough Students 5, Wakefield 1.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Bromley and Beckenham 3, Old Loughtonians 2; Brighton and Hove 2, West Herts 1; Richmond 4, Chichester Priory Park 2; Cambridge City 1, Holcombe 2; Teddington 2, Oxted 9.