Hockey: Pearn puts Reading in last four

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Reading, the HA cup holders, who last weekend won their first National League title, moved majestically into the semi-finals with a 5-2 win against Old Loughtonians. Mark Pearn collected a hat-trick with Scott Ashdown scoring twice. Matt Sutton and Nick Thompson replied for the Old Boys .

An inquiry is certain to follow Teddington's 6-4 win in extra-time against Cannock. The match official ordered two periods of 15 minutes each way rather than the seven and a half minutes each in the rules. With the game ending 3-3 after normal time, Nick Conway gave Teddington the lead five minutes into extra time. Simon Organ equalised three minutes later before Teddington took control with late goals from Danny Haydon and Andy Billson.

Stephane Port bundled the ball over the line for St Albans' winning goal against non National League Chelmsford in borrowed time. With the Essex club having had the better of the first half and leading at the interval by a Rob Hawkins goal, St Albans made all the running in the second half. Glen Webster put them level in the 48th minute from their ninth penalty corner before the overtime winner.

At Surbiton the home side crushed neighbours Guildford 5-1 with Simon Tinkler and Mark Owen both scoring twice after Jon Molloy had started their roll in the fourth minute. Ian Jennings got Guildford's consolation but it was the goalkeeping of Surbiton's New Zealander Grant McMinn which was crucial.

Slough duly claimed their fifth women's National League title when they beat the defending champions, Hightown, 3-1 at Liverpool on Saturday.

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