Bees lose to East Grinstead but hang on to top spot

England U21 International, Josh Pavis watching the Bees defend a penalty corner. Photo c/o Phil Kielthy

England Hockey Men’s Premier League

East Grinstead 2 – 1 Beeston

East Grinstead Hockey Club, Sunday 23rd October

Two goals from Great Britain ace Ashley Jackson helped East Grinstead snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and beat league leaders Beeston 2-1 in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Jackson’s goals helped his side move up to second in the table on goal difference, just one goal behind Beeston.

Tom Sorsby gave Beeston the lead with a goal after 17 minutes, and that was the only score until Jackson fired home from a penalty stroke on 58 minutes.

And he clinched the win from a trademark penalty corner ten minutes later to take the win.

In Sunday’s other top flight clash, home side Hampstead and Westminster and Wimbledon fought out a 2-2 draw.

Rupert Shipperley put the hosts ahead after just seven minutes, only for Simon Mantell to level five minutes before half time from a Wimbledon penalty corner.

Jonny Codling retook the lead two minutes into the second half, only for Gordon McIntyre to level again with five minutes left.

Holcombe ran out 5-3 winners at Canterbury in the Kent derby match on Saturday to finish the weekend third – with a game in hand.

Sam Ward and Harry Trusler put Holcombe 2-0 ahead, only for Canterbury to fight back with two goals from Cale Cramer. Barry Middleton took back the lead for Holcombe, and made it 4-2 with his second on 44 minutes.

Gareth Andrew scored on 58 minutes for Holcombe, and although James Oates pulled one back for Canterbury with two minutes left it wasn’t enough.

Two goals ahead early in the match, Surbiton had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Reading.

Liam Ansell and David Goodfield scored for Surbiton, before Ben Boon and Andy Watts secured a point for Reading.

Brooklands MU beat hosts Loughborough Students 3-1 with Dave Flanagan scoring twice and Benedict Van Woerkom once. Elliot Smith claimed Loughborough’s only goal.

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