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Investec Women’s Premier Division
Leaders Surbiton went five points clear with a 3-1 triumph over Beeston.
The game saw all four goals scored inside the first 20 minutes with Jenna Woolven scoring two in quick succession to get the visitors off to a quick start.
Lauren Burrell pulled one back only three minutes later with a field goal for Beeston before Olivia Chilton restored the two-goal cushion for Surbiton.
Elsewhere, Slough secured their first win of the season at the expense of high-flying Holcombe, holding on to an early lead to win 2-1 in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.
Slough went 2-0 up inside the first 15 minutes thanks to a double from Emma Onien, both from penalty corners.
They held on into the second period, but saw their lead halved when Steph Elliott scored for the visitors on 44 minutes and set up a tense final 25 minutes.
But Slough held on, and jumped up to seventh in the table while Holcombe drop to fourth.
Buckingham secured a convincing 4-0 win over a struggling Canterbury side to jump into second spot with other results going their way.
First half goals from Eloise Laity and Zoe Shipperley were added to in the second period by Natasha James and Phoebe Richards for the travelling side.
East Grinstead beat Clifton Robinsons with Lucy Holder’s 25th minute goal being the only score of the game.
Elsewhere, bottom of the table Bowdon Hightown took a point from a 2-2 draw with the University of Birmingham. Amelia Andrew gave the visitors an early lead before Rosie Bailey restored parity. Amy Costello put the University of Birmingham back in front, before Aine Curran found the goal in the 41st minute for the home side.
Men’s Premier Division
A hat-trick from Alan Forsyth helped Surbiton beat Beeston and go top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division table.
The reigning champions moved top of the pile following their 5-3 win, with former leaders Hampstead and Westminster and third-placed Holcombe battling out a goalless draw.
Beeston took the lead with Robbie Gleeson scoring after five minutes, and they went two-nil ahead with Elliot Hibell scoring from a 19th minute penalty corner.
James Royce pulled one back for Surbiton on 22 minutes, and Forsyth’s first made it 2-2 before Hibell added another and give Beeston a 3-2 lead at half time.
But Forsyth scored again on 37 and 65 minutes, and Ben Boon’s 68th minute strike helped ensure the win.
East Grinstead secured a 3-2 victory over bottom of the table Sevenoaks.
Sevenoaks went 1-0 up in the eighth minute from an Ali Taylor goal. Dominic Bowden drew East Grinstead level in the 14th minute from a penalty corner.
Simon Faulkner gave the home side the lead in the 18th minute before Tom Chandler scored for Sevenoaks in the 37th minute to make the score 2-2. Finally, Liam Ansell hit the winner for East Grinstead in the 47th minute after he bagged from a penalty corner.
Elsewhere, Brooklands MU clinched their first victory of the season with a 3-1 win at the University of Exeter on Sunday.
Goals from David Flanagan, Henry Pymm and Mike Shaw for Brooklands were enough to secure all three points for the away side. James Carson scored the only goal for the University of Exeter.
Reading sealed victory at home to Wimbledon, narrowly winning 1-0. The only goal of the game came in the 46th minute when Jatinder Bachu found the net from open play.