Old Georgians win first ever English men’s title

Old Georgians secured their first ever English Men’s Premier Division title in style with a 5-0 win at East Grinstead on Saturday evening.

The leaders entered the only game of the day in the division knowing they needed two points from their remaining three matches to seal the deal, having let a two-goal lead slip last time out when the trophy was within their grasp.

There was to be no such drama on this occasion and they were quickly two to the good once more courtesy of Tom Carson and Ed Carson.

James Tindall made it three from a penalty corner to all but settle the outcome and the champions weren’t done there.

James Carson added another just after the half-hour mark before Tindall completed his brace as Old Georgians sealed their historic silverware with two games to spare.

Wimbledon took another big step towards joining the champions in next season’s Euro Hockey League with a 5-1 win over Hampstead & Westminster.

Sam Hooper’s early strike was cancelled out by Matt Guise-Brown but the hosts took control thereafter, with Hooper scoring his second and Ed Horler bagging a hat-trick.

Surbiton kept their own European ambitions alive with a comprehensive 7-1 win over Holcombe.

The tone was set within five minutes as Luke Taylor and Gareth Furlong put the home side two up but Tim Guise-Brown halved the deficit.

Jamie Golden restored Surbiton’s two-goal cushion and Taylor’s second opened up a 4-1 lead.

Rob Farrington, Ben Park and Alex Williams added their names to the scoresheet as the hosts stayed five points adrift of Wimbledon with two games remaining – the two teams meet next weekend in a tantalising clash.