Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division – 6 October 2018

EAST GRINSTEAD 1-1 SURBITON

Scorer: Giselle Ansley 62-PC

Squad: Grace O’Hanlon (GK); Giselle Ansley, Sarah Evans (Capt.), Georgie Twigg, Jo Hunter, Hannah Martin, Holly Payne, Emily Atkinson, Susie Catlin, Alice Sharp, Robyn Collins.

Subs: Emily Defroand (7 mins), Erica Sanders (7), Izzy Petter (10), Alice Klugman (16), Ella Burnley (18).

Umpires: Rob Jenkins and Lelia Sacré

Match Official: Jo Pennycook

Surbiton Ladies dropped their first points of the season at East Grinstead on a day when Holcombe were the only winners of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division programme to reduce Surbiton’s lead from two points to mere goal difference.

Youngster Alice Klugman made an impressive first team debut at Saint Hill on a miserable day weather wise with the game played in heavy rain and darkening skies.

In spite of the conditions, both teams showed attacking intent, Georgie Blackwood smashing the ball across the circle for the hosts in the fourth minute. Georgie Twigg came off the pitch briefly after coming out worst in a clash with East Grinstead’s Chloe Brown. Hannah Martin forced a save from home goalkeeper, Farahayuni Yahya whilst Sophie Bray proved to be an attacking threat against the Surbiton defence.

Klugman was unlucky not to score on her debut, Yahya smothering a shot from close range to keep the game goalless at half time.

Surbiton goalkeeper, Grace O’Hanlon saved from Ellie Rayer, but a well orchestrated attack in the 52nd minute saw the New Zealand custodian concede her first goal of the season, Georgie Blackwood finishing to give East Grinstead their first ever league goal at Saint Hill against Surbiton at the fourth attempt.

With eight minutes remaining, Surbiton’s penalty corner routine came to their rescue. Giselle Ansley had previously struggled to drag-flick on target, but made no mistake from the visitors’ sixth award to earn Surbiton a share of the spoils.

Holcombe closed the gap with a 3-1 win at Clifton Robinsons. The University of Birmingham and Buckingham drew 2-2 to stay two points off the top in third and fourth places respectively. East Grinstead are fifth with Clifton Robinsons sixth.

Beeston drew 1-1 at Bowdon Hightown and Canterbury drew 1-1 with Slough to keep the bottom of the table tight with just two points separating sixth to tenth place.

Surbiton host the University of Birmingham next Saturday (push back 1 pm).