Bees slip to 2nd in the league after Brooklands defeat
November 27, 2017
Simon Hujwan makes a save for the Bees against Brooklands. Photo c/o David Kissman
England Hockey Men’s Premier League
Beeston 1 – 4 Brooklands
26th November, Nottingham Hockey Centre.
Beeston – Marius Gemmel (PC59)
Brooklands – Sam Perrin (FG7), Oliver Clarke (PC32), Alex Humphreys (FG69) (FG70)
Squad – Simon Hujwan 1, Mark Wadsley 3, Ollie Willars 4, Kyle Marshall 5, Robbie Gleeson 6, Gareth Griffiths 7, Joe Sharp 8, Gareth Andrew 10, James Albery 11, Lucas Garcia Alcalde 15, Stephen Lawrence 16, Richard Lawrence 17, Marius Gemmel 18(65) , Lucas Ward 19, James Blackwell 20, Chris Proctor 21
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A point was enough for defending champions Surbiton to go into the winter break back at the top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division as Beeston fell to a dramatic home defeat on Sunday.
The southwest Londoners had to settle for a point for the second week in a row after they were held 2-2 at home by local rivals Wimbledon.
Simon Mantell put the visitors ahead early before Gareth Furlong and Luke Noblett ensured the hosts had the lead at the break. But Ed Horler converted a penalty corner midway through the second to see the points shared.
That was enough though for Surbiton to reclaim first place as Beeston fell to a surprise 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Brooklands MU.
The visitors were two up at half time, Sam Perrin diving to turn in the opener on seven minutes before Oliver Clarke deflected home a penalty corner to double the lead.
Beeston hit back through Marius Gemmel but Brooklands MU goalkeeper Chris Scott made a string of fine saves to keep the hosts at bay before Alex Humphreys (pictured) capped off the impressive victory with a brace in the final minute.
Elsewhere in Saturday’s top-flight action, Reading moved third after claiming all three points in an entertaining 4-3 victory at Holcombe.
Robert Field opened the scoring inside the first 60 seconds for the hosts but, in a lively start, goals from Tom Carson and Lee Morton ensured Reading were in front after just nine minutes, a lead they would hold till the break.
Two goals in three minutes after the restart – Ben Boon’s ninth of the season and a Richard Mantell penalty corner – put the visitors in control and, despite a second half fight back from the hosts, Nicholas Bandurak netting his 12th of the campaign and a late Dan Webster effort, it was Reading that took the points.
East Grinstead picked up their first victory in five outings after a slender 1-0 home win over Hampstead & Westminster.
Simon Faulkner’s ninth of the season was the game’s only goal two minutes before half time, ending the visitors’ four game unbeaten streak.
Meanwhile the division’s bottom two, Sevenoaks and Canterbury, played out an exciting 3-3 draw in the all-Kent clash.
Sam Barrett and Michal Nowakowski had put Canterbury two up, but a brace from Duncan Parnis and one from Mike Barber looked to have given Sevenoaks the points.
However, 29-year-old Australian international Craig Boyne would have the last say, his goal three minutes from time earned Canterbury a share of the spoils, a draw doing neither side many favours in their respective battles against relegation.