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Hockey: Hampstead men bounce back with win

PUBLISHED: 17:05 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:05 28 November 2018

Hampstead & Westminster's Richard Smith celebrates his goal (pic Robert Cotterill)

Hampstead & Westminster's Richard Smith celebrates his goal (pic Robert Cotterill)

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Hampstead & Westminster got back to winning ways in the Premier Division in their last match of 2018.

Hampstead & Westminster's Sam French (pic Robert Cotterill)Hampstead & Westminster's Sam French (pic Robert Cotterill)

Having lost their unbeaten record at East Grinstead, they defeated struggling University of Exeter 2-0 at Maida Vale to keep the pressure on leaders Surbiton.

Richard Smith fired them in front from a short corner on 10 minutes and the hosts created a string of chances in a dominant display.

The visiting keeper made several fine saves, though, and Hampstead needed Toby Reynolds-Cotterill to pull off a double save at the other end and Marc Edwards to clear off the line before half time.

More opportunities went begging in the second half, but Hampstead sealed the points on 64 minutes when Sam French finished off from another corner.

Surbiton’s loss to Beeston leaves Hampstead in second place on goal difference going into the winter break. They now focus on their indoor campaign, bidding for a Super 6s finals spot.

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