Hockey: Fareham seven points clear

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FAREHAM MOVE into the South Premier mid-season break seven points ahead of the pack of Wimbledon, Winchester and Beckenham although the Kent club have two games in hand, writes Bill Colwill.

Against Winchester, after Tom Miller had given them the lead in the 15th minute, Fareham were hit by two penalty-corner strikes from Andy Watson before the evergreen Colin Bradbury scored the first of his two penalty- stroke goals as the teams went into the interval on terms. Fifteen minutes into the second half Bradbury gave his side the lead, but Winchester were back on terms through Richard Penrose before Jim Moseley struck the winner with a powerful drag flick at a penalty corner.

Wimbledon moved into second place with a creditable 5-1 win against Old Whitgiftians. Paul Giles scored twice, with one each coming from John Neal, David Alford and Gareth Nicholls.

The surprise result of the day was the 4-1 home defeat of Beckenham by Maidenhead.

In the Premier Holidays East League, Cambridge University suffered their second successive defeat, going down 4-3 to Peterborough Town. They now head Ipswich and Peterborough on goal difference.

Robinsons lead in the West of England and South Wales Premier from Bath Buccaneers, whom they beat 4-2.

There was also a change of leadership in the DTZ Midland Premier, in which Edgbaston beat Shrewsbury 2-1 and moved above Harborne, who were held to a goalless draw at Hampton in Arden.

In the North, Formby were held to a 2-2 draw by Southport but retain the lead a point ahead of Sheffield Bankers.