Surbiton 7 Brooklands Manchester University 1
Surbiton will go into next week’s eagerly anticipated top of the table clash against Hampstead & Westminster at Paddington Recreation Ground with a three point lead after they scored seven goals against Brooklands Manchester University for the second time this season on Saturday and Hampstead saw a run of five successive wins ended with a 1-0 defeat at Beeston on Sunday.
Under the Sugden Road floodlights, Surbiton took the lead after just three minutes, David Goodfield finishing off a well worked move. Alan Forsyth doubled the lead in the 17th minute, again from open play before converting Surbiton’s third penalty corner four minutes later, spinning round to beat Brooklands goalkeeper, Robert Turner after James Royce forced a save.
Surbiton were rampant just before half time as Tom Sorsby ran down the left before unleashing a vicious shot past Turner to give the home supporters something to talk about over their half time cup of tea and to leave Brooklands to think about how they could improve their performance in the second half.
To their credit, Brooklands’ defence held out twelve minutes from the end, Forsyth shooting past the right post and both James Royce and Zach Wallace forcing saves from Turner as Willie Marshall also became an attacking threat.
That threat became reality as Marshall touched the ball in from short range in the 58th minute to put Surbiton 5-0 up. Zach Wallace added a third goal six minutes later and Forsyth missed out on a hat-trick after Hayden Beltz set up a goalscoring chance which was duly put away but disallowed after an umpire consultation.
With three minutes to play, Ben Boon, who has had a habit of snatching late goals this season, finished from the left of the circle to score Surbiton’s seventh goal, but in the penultimate minute, Surbiton’s hopes of keeping a clean sheet for the first time in twelve matches were dashed as Brooklands’ Sam Perrin scored a late consolation goal and in the process became the fourth Brooklands player to score a 69th minute goal in the league this season.
Hampstead lost out to Adam Dixon’s 25th minute penalty corner conversion as they went down to only their second league defeat of the season at Nottingham Hockey Centre. Beeston boosted their chances of becoming the third team to qualify for the playoffs.
Fourth placed East Grinstead had to settle for a 2-2 home draw with Reading which allowed Holcombe to close to within two points after their 3-1 win at Sevenoaks which all but confirms Sevenoaks’ relegation from the top flight, Sevenoaks trail the University of Exeter by eight points with only nine points now available.
Exeter seem likely to compete in the Promotion Tournament as Wimbledon beat them 4-0 at home to ease their relegation worries. Reading’s draw at East Grinstead saw them join Brooklands on 18 points but both teams should finish in mid-table, too far adrift of the playoff places but safe from the Promotion Tournament.
Scorers: David Goodfield 3-F, Alan Forsyth 17-F, 21-PC; Tom Sorsby 35-F, William Marshall 58-F, Zach Wallace 64-F, Ben Boon 67-F
Squad: Harry Gibson (GK); Luke Taylor, Ben Boon, Jonathan Gall (Capt.), Zach Wallace, James Royce, Alan Forsyth, Brendan Creed, David Goodfield, Sam Spencer, James Gall.
Subs: Scott Evans (5 mins), Tom Sorsby (7), Hayden Beltz (7), Tim Atkins (8), William Marshall (8).
Cards: Green: Tom Sorsby (41 mins).
Brooklands Manchester University:
Scorer: Sam Perrin 69-F
Squad: Henry Pymm, Dan Vincent, Russell Anderson, Thomas Russell, Aidan Khares, Stefan Ray-Hills (Capt.), David Flanagan, Richard Slater, Keenan Horne, Mike Shaw, Robert Turner (GK).
Subs: Sam Perrin (7 mins), Stephen Murray (7), Andrew Jackson (8), Alex Humphreys (9), Hamish McKittrick (9).
Cards: Green: Richard Slater (57 mins).
Match Official: Ray Strudwick
Umpires: Lee Barron and Mark Everard