After the South Africa captain, Wayne Graham, had forced a penalty corner in the 59th minute, Reading, exploiting the new substitution rule, brought Osborn on for the strike and then immediately took him off again.
Southgate's Bill Waugh was another striker on form, converting three penalty corners in their 5-1 home win against Bournville. Hounslow's England World Cup trio - Jon Potter, Simon Hazlitt and Bob Crutchley - were on target for the London side against Trojans at Southampton, with debutant Martin Le Huray also scoring in a comfortable 4-0 win.
The Welsh captain, David Hacker, scored the winner for Canterbury in their 3-2 victory over Stourport as last season's champions, Havant, drew for the second consecutive week in a goalless game against Indian Gymkhana.
Promoted Surbiton, with goals from Jon Molloy and Simon Tinkler, won 2-1 at Slough to maintain their 100 per cent record while the other league newcomers, Guildford, lost for the second week in a row, going down 2-1 at home to Cannock.
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