EHL Women’s Premier Division
Hannah Cozens’ second half goal helped East Grinstead snatch a 1-0 victory at Surbiton as their good start to the Women’s Hockey League Premier Division continued.
Her 56th minute penalty corner strike proved enough to take a third win, and leaves East Grinstead tied at the top alongside Loughborough Students.
Loughborough have an identical record to East Grinstead after securing a 2-0 win over Buckingham.
First half goals from Lucy Millington and Hannah Grieve earned them the points, with Millington scoring from open play after 18 minutes while Grieve struck from a penalty corner on the stroke of half time.
Eloise Laity, Catherine Macaulay and Claire Thomas were all on target as Clifton Robinsons beat Swansea 3-0.
The result sees the Bristol side occupy fourth place in the table with a game in hand over all three teams above them, while Swansea are yet to record a point or score a goal.
Kate Mccaw hit a goal in each half to guide Hampstead & Westminster to a 3-1 win on the road at Wimbledon.
Grace Balsdon scored Hampstead’s other goal and Lucy Holder grabbed a consolation for Wimbledon.
The University of Birmingham got their first point of the season, holding Beeston to a goalless draw.
EHL Men’s Premier Division
Reigning champions Surbiton gave their hopes of retaining the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division title a big boost with a 7-2 victory over rivals East Grinstead on Saturday evening.
Alan Forsyth’s hat-trick helped them remain top of the table as the only team with a 100% record so far.
Tim Nurse put them ahead from open play after seven minutes, and although Simon Faulkner levelled with a penalty stroke after 16 minutes, Surbiton raced into a 4-1 lead with three goals in seven minutes.
First Forsyth opened his account on 21 minutes, and then Arjan Drayton Chana netter a minute later. Ben Boon added another six minutes later, all their goals coming from open play.
Luke Emmett pulled one back for the visitors shortly before half time, but Surbiton’s defence shut them down after the break and they made sure of the win with Forsyth adding further goals on 46 and 58 minutes, before Luke Taylor’s 68th minute penalty corner shot completed the scoring.
Also on Saturday evening Hampstead & Westminster showed their good form with a 4-1 win over Wimbledon.
Ben Arnold had put the home side ahead with a seventh minute goal, but Rupert Shipperley equalised for Hampstead & Westminster three minutes from half time.
After the break it was all Hampstead, with Shipperley adding a second on 55 minutes before Matt Guise Brown and Mark Edwards added further goals on 59 and 69 minutes respectively.
Old Georgians also enjoyed a convincing victory, beating visitors the University of Exeter 5-1 on Sunday afternoon.
James Tindall put them ahead after 17 minutes, and Tom Carson doubled their advantage from a penalty corner on 25 minutes.
Owen Evans-Evans got Exeter off the mark two minutes before half time, but the second half belonged to Old Georgians with Dan Shingles scoring from open play after 40 and 62 minutes.
Elsewhere Beeston were 3-1 winners over the University of Durham.
It took just four minutes before they led with Adam Dixon firing home from a penalty corner, and Ollie Willars scored in similar fashion seven minutes later.
Henry Croft added one from open play just before half time, and Josh Powell’s 60th minute goal for the visitors was just a consolation.
The game between Brooklands MU and Holcombe was not played.