1 May 2017 Men’s 2nd XI Cup Final
SURBITON 3–1 SOUTHGATE
Scorers: Bartram 26-PC, Marshall 39-PC, 65-PC
Squad: Sheridan, Marshall, Bartram, Hildreth, Lowrey, Evans, Blumfield, Mugridge, Reeves (GK, Capt.), Hitch, Fulker. Subs: Miller (12′), Town (20′), Newton (23′), McGeachie (26′), Buckle (67′).
Umpires: James Barnes and Matthew Simpson
Surbiton Men’s Second Team won the England Hockey 2nd XI Cup for the first time since 2005-06, beating the cup holders, Southgate 3-1 at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Monday morning.
Dave Bartram, who had previously caused the Southgate defence problems, opened the scoring in the 26th minute, following up after Willie Marshall’s shot was saved by Southgate goalkeeper, Chris Baker, to find the backboard form Surbiton’s fourth penalty corner.
Marshall doubled Surbiton’s lead from their eighth penalty corner four minutes into the second half and then earned a 3-0 lead with five minutes left, drag-flicking the ball into the top left corner from penalty corner number eleven.
Southgate’s reply also came from a penalty corner, Lum Chau scoring what proved to be a consolation goal with three minutes remaining.
Surbiton’s failure to score from open play was due to excellent defence in the circle after Southgate had been caught out by defence splitting moves into the 23 metre area. Nick Town was particularly unlucky not to connect in the circle.
Aaron Blumfield forced a fine save from close range and Surbiton’s goalkeeper and captain, Paul Reeves also made some excellent saves although his defence restricted Southgate’s scoring chances.
Southgate’s best chances to score came from their penalty corner awards, Matt Sherdian blocking one effort with his stick.
Scott Evans displayed some excellent possession skills with everyone playing their part in the cup victory.