Second half goal blitz helps Wimbledon stun unbeaten East Grinstead

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Wimbledon men dealt East Grinstead their first league defeat of the season as three second half goals powered them to victory in their NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Premier Division clash.

The teams were level at half time after East Grinstead’s Tony Wilson cancelled out Jack Waller’s opener but Wimbledon pulled away after the break.

Goals from Great Britain internationals Phil Roper and Ali Brogdon, the first from a penalty corner, plus a fourth from Henry Weir enabled Wimbledon to pull off the upset.

Waller’s 19th minute strike had given Wimbledon a deserved lead but the visitors were level just three minutes later though Wilson.

The teams traded chances throughout the rest of the first-half but neither side were able to convert as the scores remained level.

If the first-half had been an even affair Wimbledon dominated the second, they came flying out and within ten minutes had opened up a two goal lead.

Roper got his fourth goal of the season from a penalty corner and Brogdon added the third just two minutes later. East Grinstead were unable to rally and get back into the game so it was left to Weir to secure the points by adding Wimbledon’s fourth in the 65th minute.

The result keeps Wimbledon fourth in the league and they will be looking for a third consecutive win when they play Canterbury at home next Sunday.

However, the news was not so good for Wimbledon Ladies as they were unable to add to their two game winning run going down 2-0 away to St Albans.

Wimbledon Ladies will fell hard done by to have come away with nothing from a hard fought match that was decided by a penalty corner in each half by Natasha Humphris.

Wimbledon worked hard and created some good opportunities but were unable to get back into the match as they slipped to their fourth loss of the season.

They stay fifth in the Women’s Conference East and will hope for an improvement when they face Chelmsford at home on Saturday.

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