Bees drop first points of campaign at Hampstead

Beeston’s goal scorer, Chris Proctor,  against Hampstead & Westminster

Article courtesy of England Hockey. Photo courtesy of David Kissman. 

Beeston came out second best after a close affair, losing 2-1 away at Hampstead & Westminster on Sunday.

Rupert Shipperley opened the scoring for Hampstead in the fifth minute when he scored from open play, and Matt Guise-Brown doubled the home side’s advantage in the 31st minute from a penalty corner.

Beeston hit back in the 44th minute when Chris Proctor scored from open play, although it was in vain as the home side held out to secure all three points.

Elsewhere, in-form Holcombe bagged another five goals as they defeated visitors Reading in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

The league top scorer Nick Bandurak scored another brace to take his tally for the campaign to eight – twice as many as the next player in the scoring tables.

He opened the scoring in the 15th minute from open play before adding his second via a penalty stroke in the 33rd.

Daniel Webster then added a third for the home side when he finished a chance from a penalty corner in the 42nd minute. Harry Trusler scored another shortly after when from open play, and Tom O’Keefe finished off the scoring in the 61st minute from open play.

Last season’s champions Surbiton produced a strong performance at East Grinstead, winning 4-0.

The first goal came in the fourth minute when James Royce tapped home from a penalty corner. Alan Forsyth then doubled Surbiton’s advantage in the 49th minute, finishing a chance from open play.

Arjan Drayton Chana gave his side a three-goal cushion when he scored from free play in the 57th minute, and Forsyth scored his second of the day in the 68th minute, finishing from open play to top off the win for the away side.

Sevenoaks and Brooklands Manchester University played out a 1-1 draw to secure their first points of the campaign.

Brooklands took an early lead in the fourth minute when Peter Flanagan scored following a penalty corner.

Duncan Parnis scored the equalising goal for the home side in the 22nd minute when he bagged from open play to secure a share of the spoils.

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