A hat-trick of penalty corners from Kiwi international Andy Hayward played a massive part in Hampstead & Westminster’s storming 5-1 win over Canterbury that maintained their 100 per cent start in the Premier League.
Richard Hildreth and Dave McLean got the other goals, and new H&W keeper Harry Gibson proved his mettle with a heap of fine stops to leave the Maida Vale side second, but only behind on goal difference to Beeston.
PHC Chiswick got off to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Milton Keynes in South Division 3A.
A new clutch of recruits saw Alex Earnshaw score the game’s only goal in the 10th minute and MK finished with 10 players after player of the match Becky Smith looked like she’d been lasso-whipped Indiana Jones style with a high stick.
PHC Chiswick men’s seconds also claimed a victory over Spencer Titans, 4-2.
Ian Freeland and Chris Henderson both hit a brace, and both provided assists for the other.
Stand out performances from keeper Daniel Horne and Edwin Wilson made sure of victory.
PHC women’s fourths edged a 3-2 victory over Ashford, and the only bum note of the day was a 2-0 loss sustained by the female fifths who lost to Winchmore & Enfield thirds.