Bees weather the storm and go top of the league!

Adam Dixon fires home at reverse stick shot for the Bees. Photo c/o David Kissman

England Hockey Men’s Premier League 

Beeston 4 – 2 Hampstead & Westminster

21st November, Nottingham Hockey Centre

Article – England Hockey.

Mark Gleghorne hit a brace as Beeston overtook Surbiton at the top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division after a 4-2 triumph at home to Hampstead & Westminster on Saturday.

Gleghorne opened the scoring from a short corner after just four minutes, but Chris Cargo levelled for the visitors nine minutes later.

Penalty corner specialist Gleghorne had his second of the afternoon and sixth of the season on 23 minutes, before Adam Dixon doubled the Beeston lead soon after.

Toby Roche reduced the arrears before the break but Hampstead could not find another break through, Sam Ward wrapping up the points for the hosts with the final play.

A Nicholas Bandurak hat trick helped Holcombe inflict the first defeat of the season on defending champions Surbiton as they ran out 4-2 winners in their home clash.

Alan Forsyth put Surbiton ahead on 31 minutes but they failed to hold that lead through to the break thanks to Bandurak’s first of the afternoon.

That would prove crucial as the 24-year-old completed his hat-trick after the break, with veteran Barry Middleton also on target.

Arjan Drayton Chana hit a late consolation but it was not enough to prevent Surbiton’s first defeat.

Simon Faulkner converted a hat trick of penalty corners as East Grinstead defeated Canterbury 6-1.

Kieran Mulholland, Chris Griffiths and Rob Cope were all on target, Craig Boyne pulled one back for Canterbury who are yet to score a point this term.

Andrew Ross scored a hat-trick as Sevenoaks picked up their first win of the campaign with a 3-1 victory over Brooklands MU, David Flanagan had levelled for the visitors.

Reading were back to winning ways after a 3-2 home win over Wimbledon, James Carson scoring the winner seven minutes from time.

The hosts led twice through Dale Hutchinson and Stuart Loughrey, but equalisers from Alistair Brogdon and Ed Horler were in vain after Carson’s field goal secured the points.