Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division – 17 February 2018

SURBITON 11 BOWDON HIGHTOWN

Scorer: Stephanie Addison 44-F
Squad: Georgie Twigg (Capt.), Emily Atkinson, Olivia Chilton, Natalie Maclean, Beckie Middleton, Sarah Page, Holly Payne, Izzy Petter, Ella Burnley, Anabel Herzsprung, Ellie Shahbo (GK).

Subs: Alessia Robinson (6″), Stephanie Addison (7″), Lucy Holder (20″).

Subs Not Used: Darcy Bourne, Adrienne Houle.

Umpires: Caroline Frye and Helen Sargeant

Match Official: Derek Rutherford

Surbiton Ladies dropped to second in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after being held at home to a 1-1 draw for the second week running.

The University of Birmingham beat Clifton Robinsons 5-0 to lead Surbiton by a single point with just five matches remaining.

At Sugden Road, Bowdon Hightown made the early running before Surbiton settled down and found their rhythm. Visiting goalkeeper, Kirsty Mackay was called upon to kick the ball away to safety and Surbiton’s Anabel Herzsprung looked dangerous.

Surbiton failed to convert either of their first half penalty corner awards, Sarah Page’s shot deflected from the first and Natalie Maclean and Emily Atkinson just failing to combine, the ball just eluding Atkinson.

Lucy Holder shot past the left post, but as with Canterbury, Bowdon defended well with Megan Batchelor, Sam Quek and Sian French all working hard.

Towards the end of the first half, Beckie Middleton and Holly Payne threatened before conceding a free hit.

In the second half, Surbiton created more chances, Izzy Petter forcing an early save from Mackay and Middleton’s lob rebounding off the underside of the crossbar.

Bowdon had an early chance to convert their only penalty corner of the game, but failed to get a shot on target.

The deadlock was broken in the 44th minute, Middleton and Payne setting up a scoring chance for Stephanie Addison to put away to Surbiton’s relief.

Five minutes later, Bowdon fought back, Julie Whiting making an attacking run before the ball found its way to the right of the circle for Charlene Mason to beat young Surbiton goalkeeper, Ellie Shahbo.

With eleven minutes to play a shot from Middleton once more rebounded off the crossbar. Surbiton forced one penalty corner in the second half. The injection was recovered with Surbiton captain, Georgie Twigg forcing a save as Surbiton’s forwards were frustrated for a second week.

Bowdon earned their first score draw in 19 matches, having last drawn 1-1 at home to Clifton Robinsons on 4 February 2017. Since then, Bowdon had had three goalless draws, all at home.

Erica Sanders scored four of Birmingham’s five goals against Clifton Robinsons to move the Students to top spot. Holcombe are two points behind Surbiton after their 1-0 win at Slough. East Grinstead are a further point back following their 2-1 home win over Leicester. Canterbury moved up to eighth with a 3-2 home win over Buckingham. Leicester are now bottom of the table two points behind Slough, who dropped to ninth behind Canterbury on goal difference.

Clifton Robinsons are only a point ahead of both Canterbury and Slough and the Bristol club host Surbiton next Saturday (push back 1 pm).