Relegation-threatened Canterbury showed they won’t be going down without a fight when they scored a 5-2 shock win over top of the table Wimbledon in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.
Tom Bean scored twice and Michael Farrer, Sam Barrett and James Oates (pictured) were also on target for Canterbury, who moved out of the relegation zone on the back of the win.
Ian Sloan and Chris Gregg got the consolation goals for Wimbledon who are now guaranteed to finish top despite the defeat.
The play off finalists are now all confirmed with Wimbledon, Holcombe, Surbiton and Hampstead and Westminster all securing a berth.
Hampstead and Westminster snatched the final place with a hard fought 5-4 defeat of Reading.
Stephen Dowds and Richard Alexander put the visitors two up but Reading came back through Ben Boon and Montgomery Jefferson before taking the lead through Ajai Dhadwal.
In a breathless finale to the first half, Michael Watt levelled the scores for Hampstead, making it 3-3.
Second half goals from Samuel French and another for Watt sealed the win for Hampstead but Andy Watts also found the target for Reading.
Loughborough Students took their first point of the campaign with a 2-2 draw against third-placed Surbiton but it’s not enough to keep them in the league.
Liam Ansell hit a double for Surbiton and for Loughborough, Seb Ansley and Matthew Ramshaw found the net.
Ashley Jackson scored a brace as East Grinstead beat Holcombe 4-1. Martin Scanlon and Simon Faulkner were also on the score sheet for East Grinstead and Nick Bandurak pulled one back for Holcombe.
Beeston’s chances of making the top four were extinguished as they were held to a 0-0 draw against Brooklands Manchester University who are fighting for their lives.
Men’s Conference East
The top two in the Men’s Conference East look set to battle it out to the wire for top spot as both Teddington and Sevenoaks recorded wins on Sunday.
Leaders Teddington came from two goals down inside 10 minutes to win 6-4 at home to Southgate.
Matt Daly and Andrew Pett both hit a brace to take their respective goal tallies for the campaign to 23 and 18, with Richard Gear-Evans and Tim Davenport also on target.
Sevenoaks remain level on points and reduced the gap to just a single goal with a 6-2 win at West Herts, Andrew Ross scoring a hat trick for the visitors.
A late Tom Rhodes goal secured three points for Oxted as they defeated bottom side Wapping 3-2 at home, the visitors now six points adrift with two games to go.
Elsewhere, two goals apiece from Charlie Ellison and Joe Naughalty saw Richmond draw 2-2 with Brighton and Hove, whilst Cambridge City edged out Indian Gymkhana 4-3.
Picture supplied by Simon Parker.