Hockey: Hounslow take five twice to go top

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HOUNSLOW powered their way to the top of the PizzaExpress National League First Division by scoring 10 goals in their two weekend matches.

Rob Thompson, the Great Britain striker, and Rob Crutchley bagged two goals apiece in the 5-1 win at Firebrands in a re-arranged fixture on Saturday and also during yesterday's demolition of Slough at Feltham School.

Nick Gordon was also on target at Firebrands and he created the opening goal in the match with Slough, against whom Dave Hacker scored the odd goal in five.

Hounslow moved above previous leaders, East Grinstead, on goal difference despite the Sussex side's 3-0 win against Neston, the Dutch striker Bram van Asselt scoring his second hat-trick of the season.

Sean Kerly displayed his predatory instincts for Canterbury with two goals against Teddington, but it was not enough to prevent a 3-2 victory by the visitors courtesy of Andy Billson (2) and Jason Laslett. Guy Gisbourne, meanwhile, propelled Southgate to a 4-3 win over Surbiton with two penalty strokes, the second controversially awarded three minutes from time when Surbiton had been reduced to nine men.

Jon Molloy had given Surbiton the lead from a penalty corner in the eighth minute. Rupert Welch scored Southgate's other goals, with Molloy and David Francis completing the scoring for Surbiton.

Richmond, who drew 2-2 with Brooklands on Saturday, lead the Second Division table ahead of Reading, who were 2-0 winners at Warrington, and Barford Tigers, who defeated Brean 2-1.

Michelle Andrews scored both goals for the Australian Institute of Sport in their 1-0 victories over England on Saturday and yesterday at Oakham School, Leicester.

In yesterday's match, England's Kath Johnson missed from a second-half penalty stroke and Sarah Bamfield and Tracy Willmore also wasted good chances.