Beeston boost play-off hopes with victory over Holcombe

Beeston’s play-off hopes were boosted with a 1-0 victory at home to Holcombe, who they leapfrogged into third spot.

Lucas Ward scored the winner for the home side with a goal from open play in the 27th.

Elsewhere, East Grinstead stretched their unbeaten run to five matches as they inflicted Hampstead & Westminster’s first loss of the season, beating them 5-3 in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

The victory leaves East Grinstead fifth in the table and within just a point of third spot.

Liam Ansell gave the home side the lead in the second minute with a goal from a penalty corner but the lead was short-lived as Rupert Shipperley equalised for Hampstead a minute later.

Simon Faulkner regained the lead for East Grinstead in the fifth minute from a penalty stroke before Dominic Bowden doubled their advantage in the 16th minute.

Sam French hit back for the away side after 41 minutes and Toby Roche added their third three minutes later.

Toby Wilson sealed the victory for the home side in the 66th minute with a goal from open play.

Surbiton extended their lead at the top of the table with a 5-3 victory at bottom of the table Sevenoaks.

A brace from Alan Forsyth and goals from Sam Spencer, Arjan Drayton Chana and Jonathan Gall were enough to secure all three points. Tim Warrington and Chris Barker scored two consolation goals for the home side.

Elsewhere, Reading secured three points with a 4-2 victory at home against the University of Exeter.

Charlie Ellison, Lee Morton (2) and Ciaran O’Connell scored the goals for the home side while George Carson and James Ferguson were on the scoresheet for the University of Exeter.

Brooklands Manchester University secured a 5-2 victory at Wimbledon.

David Flanagan (2), Thomas Lush, Thomas Russell and Richard Slater were the scorers for the away side, while Ben Roe and Chris Gregg scored the goals for the home side.

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