Hockey: Mathews bags goals and bans

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David Mathews, England's leading scorer in the recent World Cup, returned to League action yesterday for Canterbury with three goals in their surprising 5-4 win at Cannock. In addition to his haul, Mathews collected two temporary suspensions.

In the only other Premier game of the day, Southgate came from behind on three occasions for a 3-3 draw with Teddington, their equaliser coming in the last second from Adrian Simmons at a penalty corner. Southgate, still without a win, look doomed for relegation. It might have been so different had they converted the numerous opportunities that went begging. James Webber scored twice for Teddington, his second, a reverse stick shot after moving left across the circle, was one of the best seen this season.

In a women's Premier double-header, the only team to score maximum points was Sutton Coldfield, 2-1 winners at Chelmsford on Saturday and yesterday 2-0 at home to Doncaster. Sutton have now moved six points clear of the bottom club Doncaster. Slough's lead at the top was cut to one point following their 1-1 home draw with Canterbury.

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