Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division – 29 September 2018
SURBITON 1–0 CLIFTON ROBINSONS
Scorer: Izzy Petter 11-F
Squad: Grace O’Hanlon (GK); Giselle Ansley, Sarah Evans (Capt.), Georgie Twigg, Hannah Martin, Emily Atkinson, Ella Burnley, Emily Defroand, Erica Sanders, Susie Catlin, Robyn Collins.
Subs: Holly Payne (10″), Jo Hunter (11), Izzy Petter (11), Phoebe Willars (12), Olivia Chilton (17).
Umpires: Lelia Sacré and Cathy Wright
Match Official: Ray Strudwick
Surbiton Ladies opened up a two point gap at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after beating Clifton Robinsons 1-0 to become the only team with maximum points after two games.
Clifton had won 1-0 at Canterbury on the opening day of the season and were captained by former Surbiton player Hannah Coulson.
Both teams forced saves in the early minutes, Surbiton captain Sarah Evans’s shot saved well by visiting goalkeeper, Sarah Ellis. Erica Sanders displayed excellent possession skills while trying to find an opening in the Clifton defence, whilst Coulson and Georgie Twigg had a battle in midfield.
The only goal of the game came in the eleventh minute, Holly Payne crossing from the left for Izzy Petter to turn in from short range shortly after coming on from the subs bench.
Olivia Chilton and Hannah Martin both forced saves in the first half but a Clifton defence which had proved solid the previous week held firm. Aileen Davis and Alexandra Ogilby worked hard in the Clifton defence after half time as Martin shot past the right post and Chilton contrived to strike the left post with thirteen minutes remaining.
Surbiton also failed to convert eight penalty corner opportunities having scored twice from set pieces the previous week.
Clifton also battled to try and snatch an equaliser but Surbiton goalkeeper Grace O’Hanlon and her defence kept a clean sheet for the second week running.
Holcombe and Buckingham missed the chance to join Surbiton on six points after the teams drew in Rochester, former Surbiton player Olivia Wilde equalising for Holcombe. The University of Birmingham moved up to third with a 2-1 home win over Slough. East Grinstead earned their first win of the season with a 2-1 home victory over newly promoted Beeston. Canterbury and Bowdon Hightown drew 2-2 in Altrincham to leave Slough as the only team without a point.
Surbiton travel to East Grinstead next Saturday for the first half of a doubleheader. Surbiton Ladies play at 4 pm with the men following at 6 pm.