With Reading firing on half-throttle, it was no surprise when Bobby Crutchley gave the visitors the lead 25 minutes into the game, appearing to catch Simon Mason unawares. Mark Pearn equalised just after the interval after a powerful surge through the Cannock defence by Reading's captain, Jon Wyatt, but the winner came from Simon Organ with two minutes left.
Canterbury, three points behind Cannock in second place, had a comfortable 5-1 victory over Hounslow with Paul Wicken scoring a hat-trick and David Mathews collecting a brace.
Beeston's Australian, Craig Keegan, scored three times in their 6-5 victory away at Teddington, for whom Nick Conway also scored a hat-trick. The discarded England striker Jason Lee went one better for Old Loughtonians, scoring four in their 6-2 win against the bottom club, Doncaster.
The German international Eiko Rott scored on his first appearance for Southgate in their 5-0 win against Barford Tigers.
Guildford are distancing themselves from relegation after a 2-0 win against luckless East Grinstead, who were without their international goalkeeper David Luckes. Injured in national squad training during the week, Luckes will miss England's trip to Malaysia and has been replaced by Cannock's Jimmy Lewis.
Slough, who opened up an 11-point gap at the top of the Women's National League on Saturday with a 4-2 win at Clifton, marched into the quarter- finals of the EHA Cup yesterday by beating Leicester 6-0, Mandy Nicholls scoring three.
It was not a happy weekend for Olton, who lost 3-1 to Sutton Coldfield on Saturday, thanks to two strikes from Jane Sixsmith, and yesterday went out of the Cup following a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw with Loughbrough Students.Reuse content