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PUBLISHED: 13:01 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:24 24 August 2010

Dave Eakins (L) of Hampstead & Westminster attempts to find a way through the Reading defence   during the EHL Mens Premier division encounter at Paddington Recreation Ground, Maida Vale on Sun Nov 11, 2007

Dave Eakins (L) of Hampstead & Westminster attempts to find a way through the Reading defence during the EHL Mens Premier division encounter at Paddington Recreation Ground, Maida Vale on Sun Nov 11, 2007

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DAVE Eakins scored a hat-trick as Hampstead & Westminster overturned a two-goal deficit to boost their league prospects with a convincing 5-2 victory over Loughborough Students. Loughborough began well and made their territorial advantage count, Simon Fau

DAVE Eakins scored a hat-trick as Hampstead & Westminster overturned a two-goal deficit to boost their league prospects with a convincing 5-2 victory over Loughborough Students.

Loughborough began well and made their territorial advantage count, Simon Faulkner flicking a penalty corner to give them the lead.

A reverse stick strike by Nick Catlin on 16 minutes made it 2-0, but H&W rallied and captain Ed Bevan converted their first corner to halve the gap.

Suddenly Loughborough were the team feeling the heat and Bevan put another corner narrowly wide, but Eakins stepped up to level the scores just before the break.

The second half began evenly, but former Loughborough man Will Naylor edged H&W in front from open play and Eakins then added his second three minutes later from a corner.

Loughborough had opportunities, but it was Eakins who scored the last goal of the game, completing a penalty corner hat-trick four minutes from the end.


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