Holcombe up to third in English Premier Division

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Holcombe moved third in the English Hockey League Premier Division after a 3-0 victory at home to Brooklands MU. Robert Field and Daniel Edwards put the hosts two up at half time before Barry Middleton completed the scoring on 44 minutes.

Beeston remain just two points behind leaders Surbiton after a 5-2 home victory over East Grinstead on Saturday. The Bees were second and East Grinstead third going into this round of games and it was the hosts who struck first through Marius Gemmel’s 29th minute penalty corner.

Gareth Andrew doubled Beeston’s lead with a wonderful reverse stick volley just before the break and it was three when Sam Ward found the top corner from a penalty stroke seven minutes after the restart.

Gareth Griffiths scored 12 minutes later to put the game beyond doubt before Liam Ansell pulled one back for the visitors.
Gemmel grabbed his second less than a minute later before Simon Faulkner’s consolation for East Grinstead rounded of the scoring.

Surbiton stay top but were made to work hard for the three points after a 5-3 home win over Reading. Ed Carson opened the scoring for the visitors after ten minutes but the leaders took control from there, Alan Forsyth netting twice to become the division’s leading marksman with 12 goals, while David Goodfield and Luke Taylor were on target to make it 4-1.

Reading fought back, James Carson and Ben Boon cutting the lead before Arjan Drayton Chana settled any nerves scoring a fifth for Surbiton in the last minute.

Meanwhile, Wimbledon made it three consecutive wins after a 2-1 home victory over bottom side Canterbury. Ed Horler and Simon Mantell scored for the hosts with Michal Nowakowski last minute penalty corner proving to be just a consolation for Canterbury.