Men’s Hockey League Premier Division – 25 November 2017

SURBITON 22 WIMBLEDON

Scorers: Gareth Furlong 20-PC, Luke Noblett 29-PC
Squad: Lewis Prosser, Luke Noblett, Chris Grassick (Capt.), Arjan Drayton Chana, Willie Marshall, Zach Wallace, Gareth Furlong, Alan Forsyth, Sam Spencer, Nicholas Parkes, Taylor Seager-Green (GK).

Subs: Dave Bartram (5″), Rob Farrington (6″), Adam Buckle (9″), Morgan Males (11″). Sub not used: Harry Gough.

Umpires: Mark Everard and Paul Walker

Match Official: Derek Rutherford

Surbiton Men went back to the top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division following a 2-2 draw with local rivals Wimbledon on a bitterly cold evening at Sugden Road.

Beeston failed to regain top spot on Sunday afternoon when they lost 4-1 at home to Brooklands Manchester University.

Surbiton were without five players heading to India for the Odisha Hockey World League Final tournament, whilst Wimbledon were without two players. Wimbledon included former Surbiton player, Ben Tibble in their squad.

Wimbledon took the lead in the sixth minute, Simon Mantell scoring from open play. By half time, Surbiton had turned the game round thanks to their penalty corner routine.

Gareth Furlong equalised in the 20th minute with Luke Noblett putting Surbiton ahead 2-1 nine minutes later, both goals seeing the ball rebounding off the backboard.

Wimbledon’s second half equaliser also came courtesy of a penalty corner, leading goalscorer, Ed Horler salvaging a point in the 53rd minute with his seventh goal of the campaign.

As the temperature dropped the pitch ran the increased risk of freezing. Thankfully play was able to continue to the end but neither side was able to find a winner.

Surbiton lead Beeston by a point and are five points ahead of third placed Reading, 4-3 winners at Holcombe. Hampstead & Westminster dropped to fourth after a 1-0 defeat at East Grinstead. Wimbledon are up to sixth above Holcombe on goal difference.

Eighth placed Brooklands extended the gap between themselves and the bottom two clubs, Sevenoaks and Canterbury, to six points with victory at Beeston. Sevenoaks were held to a 3-3 home draw by Canterbury.