Investec Women’s Tier One Championships – 10 Feb 2019
SURBITON 0–1 BUCKINGHAM
Squad: Grace Lawes (GK); Darcy Bourne, Issy Carey, Tamera Cookman, Alice Klugman, Tasmin Cookman, Hannah Denison (Capt.), Zoe Allchurch, Stephanie Addison, Peggy Winterborn, Maddie Long, Emily Guckian, Francesca Rowley, Stevi Fisher-Norton, Autumn Brown, Fifi Robinson.
Umpires: Ann Hopkins and Andy Poulain
Report written by Chris Gittens
After a tough IWHL Premier Division clash on Saturday at Stowe School, which saw Buckingham emerge with a 2-1 win, Surbiton looked to the future with a very young and exciting side for the Investec Women’s Cup on Sunday at Sugden Road
With only 5 adult players in the team and only 4 players surviving from the league fixture the previous day, Surbiton lined up with an average age of less than 18 for the clash with a strong Buckingham team including 11 colts players. This featured the U15 trio of Maddie Long, Tamera Cookman and Tasmin Cookman, all making their 1st XI debuts.
The game started brightly with Surbiton’s young side creating opportunities and causing Buckingham problems with their speed going forward. Surbiton thought they had broken the deadlock when Maddie Long controlled a good ball into the circle and tucked it away neatly past the Steph Tirrell, the Buckingham goalkeeper, only for the umpire to disallow the effort moments later.
Both sides had opportunities in the remainder of the game, going close but not quite finding the opening they needed. Twice more Surbiton thought they had scored only for the umpire to once again disallow the goal.
With 10 minutes remaining in the game, Buckingham managed to find space on their right hand side after a cross field overhead and Madeleine Newlyn fired home to make it 1-0. Surbiton pushed hard for an equaliser with Darcy Bourne going close off a penalty corner but Buckingham held on to win the game.
Despite the result, there is a huge positive to take from the game for Surbiton. The performances of a number of young players was excellent showing the vast amount of potential they have to play at the very highest level moving forward.
Player of the Match: Fifi Robinson