Reading's Simon Mantell gets to the ball ahead of East Grinstead's Niall Stott. Reading won the premier league clash 3-2 (c) Ian WoodIt was a tough weekend at the top in the England Hockey League with men's leaders East Grinstead losing their first premier league game of the season and Canterbury being knocked off top position in the women's league.
Reading did the damage on Sunday at Sonning Lane in what became a battle of the penalty corners. Richard Mantell punched in three for the home side, answered by corners from Gareth Carr and Glenn Kirkham for East Grinstead.
Three wins in a row has now pushed Reading into fourth place in the division.
East Grinstead still have a clear lead over Beeston at the top of the table after beating the Midlanders 5-1 in Nottingham on Saturday. Although the Bees closed the gap back to five points with a 6-2 home win over Brooklands MU on Sunday.