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Hockey: Kerly confirms Canterbury's quality; HOCKEY

SEAN KERLY, with a 63rd-minute goal, capped another fine Canterbury display as they beat Brooklands 7-0 yesterday to go into the mid-season break two points ahead of Cannock at the top of the Premier Division. Stuart Humphries, who opened the scoring in the second minute, went on to complete his hat-trick, with David Mathews, Danny Laslett and Mark Hollingworth completing the scoring.

Bobby Crutchley returned to something like his old form with four goals in Cannock's 6-0 win against Bournville. Justin Pidcock and Chris Mayer were the other scorers. Third-placed Southgate scrambled home 3-2 against lowly Teddington with goals from Calum Giles, Duncan Woods and Paul Livesey. Teddington replied through their captain, Brett Garrard, and Jon Hauck.

Beeston, who moved into fourth place on Saturday after their 1-0 victory over Reading, held on to their position following yesterday's 1-1 draw at East Grinstead, where their Scottish Under-21 international James McBlane was dismissed for dissent. Craig Keegan had given the visitors the lead just before the interval, with Ben Payne responding eight minutes into the second-half.

Reading got the better of Guildford with a 5-1 win, taking advantage of a hesitant Guildford defence and an out-of-touch Ian Jennings, who only managed one penalty corner success from seven efforts.

Scott Ashdown scored after 48 seconds with an unstoppable reverse-stick shot, after Kevin Priday had saved well from the New Zealand centre-forward Ken Robinson, who made his first Reading appearance on Saturday. Jennings equalised for Guildford, but Reading dominated the exchanges after that.