Hockey: Cannock make light of their absences

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Cannock and Reading began the new Premier League season where they left off - in winning form, making light of the absence of their Great Britain players. Both scored six times in their opening games.

Reading beat Canterbury 6-3 with Richard Mantell scoring twice and his brother Simon, a new signing, also scoring on his League debut. Champions Cannock were 6-2 winners away to Teddington with Andy Brogdon scoring a hat-trick of deflections at penalty corners while Chris Mayer scored two splendidly taken goals and new signing Nicky Thompson finished off a lovely one-two with Brogdon.

The day's surprise result was the 2-0 defeat of Surbiton at Southgate by St Albans with goals from Peter Ellis and Oliver Didham. At Guildford Loughborough Students overcame a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with the Surrey side thanks to goals from Paul Wicken and David Appleton. Andy Whalley and Ian Jennings scored for the home side.

In Division One newly promoted Bowdon started their season with a 4-0 victory over Doncaster. Nottingham, the second promoted side, had a 5-2 win against Southgate with Gary Noseley scoring twice.

The women's double champions Slough bounced back from their 2-4 defeat to Hightown in the opening game of the season with a clinical 5-1 win against Olton and West Warwick with Jane Smith scoring four times. In Philadelphia Great Britain's women opened their American tour going down 0-4 to the United States in a friendly international.