Victory away from home for the ladies as the men struggle on…

Men’s Premier Division

Old Georgians remain top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division table after securing a narrow 2-1 victory over hosts Beeston on Sunday.

Goals from Tom Watson and Ed Carson were enough for the visitors to take the win, with Beeston’s only score coming from Lucas Ward mid-way through the first half.

That leaves Old Georgians one point ahead of Surbiton, who have a 100% record but have played a game less.

Surbiton maintained their great form with an 8-2 victory at the University of Exeter. There were two goals each for Josh Redstone, Ben Boon and Luke Taylor, while Zach Wallace and David Goodfield also got on the scoresheet.

Max Lowrey and Tom Brooks scored for the hosts.

Holcombe retained third place in the table after a hard-fought 3-3 draw with fourth-placed Wimbledon.

Barry Middleton scored twice while Nick Bandurak added another, while Wimbledon’s goals came from Ben Francis, Ed Horler and Ben Arnold.

Hampstead & Westminster looked to be heading for a draw with Brooklands MU until Matt Guise Brown’s late goal helped them to a 2-1 win. Richard Smith had put them ahead in the 34th minute, only for David Flanagan to level on 39 minutes.

And on Saturday evening East Grinstead were 2-1 winners over Reading thanks to goals from Simon Faulkner and Joe Naughalty, while Andrew Oxburgh scored Reading’s only goal.

Investec Women’s Premier Division

Paige Gillott scored two goals in Beeston’s 2-1 away win over Clifton Robinson. Natasha Marke-Jones had put the home side ahead after eight minutes, before Gillott struck once in each half.

Elsewhere Lauren Hunt sealed a 3-1 victory for the University of Birmingham after Rafaela Brandao-Lee and Coca Hall’s earlier goals. Candice Manuel scored Holcombe’s only goal.

High-flying Hampstead & Westminster dropped their first points of the season in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday, with visitors East Grinstead battling to a dramatic 4-4 draw.

The visitors powered into a 3-0 lead in the first 17 minutes through Ellie Rayer, Sophie Bray and Laura Unsworth, and although Lily Owsley pulled one back for Hampstead & Westminster on 19 minutes East Grinstead still had the upper hand.

Further goals from Jo Leigh and another from Owsley levelled the match at 3-3. Unsworth’s second goal put East Grinstead back in front, before Meg Byas ensured the spoils were shared with a 64th minute goal.

Surbiton are now two points clear at the top of the table after notching up their fifth win in a row, a 2-0 victory at Bowdon Hightown.

Erica Sanders got the reigning champions off to a flyer with a seventh minute field goal before Giselle Ansley doubled the lead with a 20th minute penalty stroke with the score ending 2-0.

Natasha James, Eloise Laity and Alexandra Naughalty all scored in Buckingham’s 3-1 win against Loughborough Students, with Lucy Millington scoring the visitor’s lone goal.

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