Mark Gleghorne slots home his and Beeston’s third goal in the game. Photo c/o David Kissman
England Hockey Men’s Premier League
Beeston 3 – 1 Reading
8th October, Holcombe Hockey Club
Article – England Hockey.
Mark Gleghorne hit a hat-trick as Beeston ran out 3-1 home winners over Reading, leapfrogging their opponents in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.
Gleghorne (pictured) struck 14 times last season and had two in the first 19 minutes on Sunday, converting a sixth minute penalty corner before firing home a penalty stroke.
The 32-year-old had a chance for his hat-trick on 51 minutes when the hosts were awarded a second penalty stroke, but his effort was stopped by Reading goalkeeper Tommy Alexander.
Gleghorne was not to be denied though, converting a penalty corner eight minutes from time, and despite a last-minute consolation from Ben Francis, Beeston move second in the table.
Surbiton are top and hold the division’s only 100% record after a 2-1 home victory over Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday night.
The hosts were made to work for their points and were behind at the break thanks to Rupert Shipperley’s second goal of the campaign.
Surbiton rallied in the second half, James Gall tying the game on 54 minutes before the league’s leading scorer Luke Taylor secured the points with a penalty stroke with three minutes to play.
Holcombe started their double-header weekend with three points after a 3-2 home win over Sevenoaks on Saturday.
Nicholas Bandurak scored two and Robert Field was also on target, with Mike Barber and Andrew Ross pulling goals back for the visitors.
There was no such joy on Sunday though as they went down 5-1 at East Grinstead in their rearranged fixture from the opening day.
A goal apiece for David Condon, Chris Griffiths, Wesley Jackson, Tony Wilson and Simon Faulkner secured the win for the hosts, while Richard Lane was on target for Holcombe.
Brooklands MU made it back-to-back wins with a 4-1 victory at bottom club Canterbury.
Scoreless at the break, three goals in three minutes from Thomas Russell, Brynn Cleak and David Flanagan put the visitors in control, before Russell grabbed his second with nine minutes to go.
Mike Nowakowski struck a late consolation for the hosts, who are yet to secure a point this term.