Men get points on the board while ladies are edged out

Men’s Premier Division

Two first half goals from Robbie Gleeson and Chris Proctor gave Beeston a 2-1 win over East Grinstead; Liam Ansell scored for East Grinstead.

Stephen Lawrence picked up his remarkable 400th cap for the Bees and was presented with a gift from the club before the game.

Stephen Lawrence notched his 400th appearance for the Bees against East Grinstead. Griff presents Stephen with a special shirt.

Elsewhere, Surbiton are the only team with a 100% record in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division after thumping hosts Brooklands MU 12-0 on Sunday.

Luke Taylor, Alan Forsyth and Ben Boon all scored two to put Surbiton up 6-0 at the half.

Forsyth added two more goals and Taylor completed his hat-trick after the break with Rob Farrington, Sam Spencer and David Goodfield also scoring for Surbiton.

Samuel Ward scored a hat-trick for Old Georgians in their 3-3 draw with Wimbledon on Saturday.

Wimbledon went ahead twice in the game; first through Phil Roper and then Ed Horler, but Ward’s goals ensured Old Georgians stayed in touch before Jack Waller found the back of the net for Wimbledon in the dying seconds to salvage a point.

Last season’s champions Hampstead & Westminster went third with a 6-1 win over Holcombe.

Matt Guise Brown opened the scoring with two first half efforts before Kei Kaeppeler and Hywel Jones joined the scoresheet for the London outfit.

Holcombe’s Barry Middleton scored but Samuel French quickly hit back before Marc Edwards added the sixth goal for Hampstead & Westminster.

The University of Exeter capitalised on a first half lead to finish with a 3-0 away win over Reading; James Ferguson, Sam Hooper and George Carson were the scorers.

Investec Women’s Premier Division

Alice Wills’ 57th minute strike proved decisive for Holcombe as they snatched a 3-2 win at Beeston.

Candice Manuel scored two goals for the eventual winners before Beeston’s Ali Eadie and Lauren Burrell drew Beeston level.

Wills’ strike helped Holcombe stay fourth as Beeston are still without a win and lie bottom of the table.

Two goals in the final five minutes helped Hampstead & Westminster beat plucky rivals Clifton Robinsons 3-2 and remain top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

The London outfit looked to be heading for their first defeat of the season until late strikes from Grace Balsdon and Jo Leigh helped them hit back.

The visitors from Bristol had taken the lead after 17 minutes through Catherine Macaulay, and although Melanie Wilkinson levelled on 32 minutes Clifton Robinsons retook the lead with Phoebe Richards scoring from open play on 36 minutes.

However, Balsdon’s 65th minute goal from a penalty corner and Leigh’s 67th minute field goal proved the difference.

Surbiton kept pace at the top with a 2-1 win over East Grinstead.

Emily Gucklan and Darcy Bourne’s first half field goals gave the reigning champions a half time lead. East Grinstead got one back through Ellie Rayer but couldn’t find the equaliser as Surbiton stay second on goal difference.

Buckingham scored three second half goals to stay undefeated, beating the University of Birmingham 3-1.

Rafaela Brandao-Lee opened the scoring for University of Birmingham in the 18th minute but two goals in four minutes from Kitty Higgins and a clincher from Natasha James gave Buckingham all three points.

Bowdon Hightown overtook hosts Loughborough Students with a 2-1 victory.

Beth Peers gave the hosts and newly promoted team a 45th minute advantage. Aine Curran levelled two minutes later before Sian French put Bowdon Hightown ahead in the 69th minute.

Investec Women’s Conference North

Timperley beat Alderley Edge 2-1 while Pendle Forest prevailed against Beeston’s second team by the same scoreline.

Elsewhere, Sutton Coldfield were in fine form on the opening day of the Investec Women’s Conference North, securing a resounding 9-0 victory over Cannock.

Emma McCabe found the net five times for Sutton Coldfield while Charlotte Cross and Vicky Woolford both scored twice each to go top of the table.

The University of Nottingham beat Fylde 3-0 with two goals coming from Jordan Homann.

In a Yorkshire derby, two goals from Leah Davis gave Wakefield the spoils over Doncaster as the game finished 2-1.

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