Another thrilling weekend of action saw Beeston claim his first Men’s Premier League win of the season.
Beeston might not have won until the weekend, but an impressive comeback saw them end their drought by beating Oxted 3-1, while the Old Georgians battled Surbiton’s Men’s Premier League at the goal difference as both teams scored six at ease. wins.
Beeston’s return helps them secure their first Men’s Premier League win
When Josh Birtles tacked Oxted in the lead in the 19th minute, it looked like Beeston could add another loss to his record of two draws and two losses this season, but Ben Collinson tied them back before half-time.
Sam Apoola then forced the ball early in the second half to give the hosts the lead before Henry Croft sealed the deal with a late third goal.
At the top of the table, Old Georgians and Surbiton both stayed perfect with big wins over struggling opponents.
The old Georgians were victorious 6-0 over Durham University as they wiped out the absence of top scorer Sam Ward, who is recovering from hand surgery.
James Tindall scored the rout’s first and last goal, with Tom Doran, Ashley Jackson, Chris Proctor and Tom Carson to reclaim first place, just a week after being knocked out by Surbiton.
This week, Surbiton also scored six points, beating winless East Grinstead 6-1 for a fifth straight triumph.
A week after scoring nine in a game for the first time in 15 years, Surbiton went wild again as David Goodfield scored twice while Luke Taylor, Jamie Golden, Ben Boon and Ben Park each reached the target – Jamie Wallace scoring East Grinstead’s lone goal.
Hampstead and Westminster remained unbeaten but lost a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw with Holcombe.
Toby Roche’s 24th-minute strike and Sam French arriving from a penalty just before the hour mark got H&W in check, only for a four-minute volley from Harry Trusker and Nick Bandurak to snatch a point at Holcombe.
And Wimbledon notched their fifth victory of the campaign, but not before being sweated by the University of Exeter, which narrowly missed a first point of the year in a 2-1 loss.
Sam Hooper’s fifth-minute penalty kick gave Wimbledon the lead before Ed Horler followed suit just before half-time to make it 2-0.
But Jake Payton scored for the varsity team to set up a grandstand finish, although they couldn’t find an equalizer.
Beeston 3-1 Oxted
East Grinstead 1-6 Surbiton
Hampstead and Westminster 2-2 Holcombe
Old Georgians 6-0 University of Durham
University of Exeter 1-2 Wimbledon
Division 1 North
Three varsity teams continue to dominate Division One North as students from Loughborough, University of Nottingham and Cardiff & Met all maintained their unbeaten records.
Cardiff and Met lost their first points of the campaign as they drew 2-2 at Olton and West Warwickshire which meant they fell to third place – Loughborough recording a convincing 5-1 victory over Cambridge City and Nottingham doing enough to beat the University of Birmingham 3-2.
Meanwhile, Deeside Ramblers and City of Peterborough played a 4-4 draw, while Bowdon beat Sheffield Hallam 2-0.
Bowdon 2-0 Sheffield Hallam
Deeside Ramblers 4-4 City of Peterborough
Loughborough Students 5-1 Cambridge City
Olton & West Warwicks 2-2 Cardiff & Met
University of Birmingham 2-3 University of Nottingham
Division 1 South
Reading remains dominant in Division One South, with Old Cranleighan the last opponent to cut to the sword in a 7-0 beating.
The leaders have now scored a massive 29 goals in five appearances this season, although second-placed Canterbury also occupied the scorers in a 6-1 win over Southgate.
Other games in the division have been tighter as Brighton & Hove rebounded from last week’s 8-0 loss to Canterbury with a 2-2 draw at Teddington, Sevenoaks sneaked past the Hawks in Oxford 3-2 and Havant lost 3-1 at home to Team Bain Buccs.
Canterbury 6-1 South Gate
Havant 1-3 team swim mouths
Oxford Hawks 2-3 Sevenoaks
Reading 7-0 Vieux Cranleighan
Teddington 2-2 Brighton & Hove
The Old Loughtonians remain the only side to be beaten yet in the Eastern Conference, with a 4-2 win over West Herts.
Elsewhere, Richmond claimed a fourth win on the spin as a lone goal was enough to beat Bromley & Beckenham 1-0 and the London Edwardians also have four out of five wins after beating Indian Gymkhana 2-1.
Wapping and London Wayfarers had a thrilling 3-3 draw, while the division’s other game also scored six goals – Spencer coming out a 4-2 win over Hampstead & Westminster 2s
Indian Gymkhana 1-2 London Edwardians
Old Loughtonians 4-2 West Herts
Richmond 1-0 Bromley & Beckenham
Spencer 4-2 Hampstead & Westminster 2s
Wapping 3-3 London Wayfarers
An undefeated team battle in the Conference Midlands ended with Harborne’s 4-1 victory over the Harleston Magpies and ahead of their opponents in the table.
The Barford Tigers are the new leaders on the points difference after triumphing 6-2 at Khalsa Leamington.
Lichfield and Bedford recorded 3-1 wins over Loughborough Town and University of Birmingham 2 respectively, with St Albans comfortably beating Cambridge University without a 4-1 win.
Harleston Magpies 1-4 Harborne
Khalsa Leamington 2-6 Barford Tigers
Lichfield 3-1 Town of Loughborough
St Albans 4-1 University of Cambridge
University of Birmingham 2s 1-3 Bedford
A top-of-the-table clash marked the weekend’s action in Conference North and nothing could separate leaders Belper from second-placed Didsbury Northern as they played an exciting 3-3 draw to maintain their positions .
At the other end of the table, Alderley Edge triumphed in the battle for winless teams by beating Wakefield 5-2, while Doncaster suffered a first loss of the season to Timperley – 4-2. University of Durham 2s to Preston finished 2-2 and Leeds lost 5-3 to Beeston 2s.
Didsbury North 3-3 Belper
Leeds 3-5 Beeston 2s
Timperley 4-2 Doncaster
Durham University 2s 2-2 Preston
Wakefield 2-5 Alderley Edge
Isca is the new leader of Conference West after winning at the University of Exeter 2s 3-1, but only one point separates the top four.
Table firsts before the weekend, Clifton Robinsons, slide to fourth after being surprisingly held to a 0-0 check by Fareham and they are one point behind the three teams ahead – Isca, Ashmoor (who beat Cheltenham 2-0) and the University of Bristol (which beat Plymouth Marjon 3-1).
In the division’s other game, Chichester edged Cardiff University 3-2 for their second win of the campaign.
Ashmoor 2-0 Cheltenham
Cardiff University 2-3 Chichester
Fareham 0-0 Clifton Robinsons
University of Bristol 3-1 Plymouth Marjon
University of Exeter 2s 1-3 Isca