Story – England Hockey

Table-topping Surbiton were 7-1 winners at Beeston, with Luke Taylor scoring five and others coming from Alan Forsyth and David Goodfield. Adam Dixon scored Beeston’s consolation in the last minute.

Trailing at half time, Reading hit back to secure only their second league victory of the season and maintain their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Leo Watton’s goal had given fellow strugglers Brooklands MU the lead after five minutes of their clash at Sonning Lane.

But second half goals from Oscar Allen (2) and Peter Scott ensured Reading took the victory and will now go into the final weekend of the regular season with hopes of survival.

At the other end of the table the fight for home advantage in the play-offs will also not be decided until next weekend, with second-placed Hampstead & Westminster and third-placed Wimbledon both taking 6-1 victories.

Hampstead & Westminster are in the driving seat following their 6-1 win at East Grinstead which leaves them two points ahead of Wimbledon.

East Grinstead’s Luke Emmett gave them the lead in the opening minute, but Matt Guise Brown hit a hat-trick, while other Hampstead goals came from Kei Kaeppeler, Chris Cargo and Will Calnan.

Meanwhile for Wimbledon Ed Horler and Ronan Harvey-Kelly both scored two, while Phil Roper and Ben Arnold also put their names on the scoresheet.

Old Georgians were 5-2 winners at relegation-threatened university of Exeter, with Tom Carson and Sam Ward scoring two goals each, Ashley Jackson the other.