investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division – 27 October 2018


Scorers: Jenna Woolven 10-F, 13-F; Olivia Chilton 19-F
Squad: Grace O’Hanlon (GK); Giselle Ansley, Sarah Evans (Capt.), Jo Hunter, Hannah Martin, Emily Atkinson, Emily Defroand, Erica Sanders, Susie Catlin, Alice Sharp, Robyn Collins.

Subs: Olivia Chilton (6 mins), Jenna Woolven (8), Phoebe Willars (9), Ella Burnley (13).

Umpires: Gill Lord and Rebecca Woodcock

Match Official: Jo Barnes

Surbiton Ladies opened up a five point lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division following their 3-1 win over Beeston at Nottingham Hockey Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Holcombe lost 2-1 at Slough, allowing Buckingham to move up to second with a 4-0 win at Canterbury. Surbiton host Buckingham next Saturday at Sugden Road (push back 4 pm). East Grinstead also moved above Holcombe thanks to their 1-0 win at home to Clifton Robinsons, former Surbiton player Lucy Holder scoring the only goal. However East Grinstead were denied the chance to move up to second having had three points deducted due to an ineligible player issue.

After the relative mild conditions of recent week, arctic temperatures returned to the East Midlands for Beeston’s first league meeting with Surbiton since 2014-15. Surbiton’s Jo Hunter was an early threat but it was Jenna Woolven, re-registered to play for Surbiton in the national league who made a big impact.

Within two minutes of coming on from the subs bench, Woolven was in perfect position to deflect Emily Defroand’s shot past Beeston’s Nicki Cochrane in the tenth minute and then three minutes later showed perfect composure in front of goal for a clinical finish to double Surbiton’s lead.

Beeston have showed plenty of spirit in the first season back in the top flight and fought back in the 16th minute, Sophie Robinson running down the right and into the circle, crossing for Lauren Burrell to touch home and reduce the visitors’ lead to 2-1.

In the 19th minute, Surbiton restored their two goal advantage, Olivia Chilton firing home from the front of the circle.

Incredibly that was the end of the goalscoring, but Surbiton had further chances to score both from open play and from penalty corners,

Former Surbiton players Lottie Ross and Eloise Stenner were in the Beeston squad, Ross intercepting a Sarah Evans pass and tackling Chilton.

Kathryn Lane, Bridget Kiddle and Issy Davison also worked hard in defence to prevent Surbiton extending their lead, Woolven having a hat-trick denied by a Cochrane save and Hannah Martin also threatening late in the match.

Beeston can be proud of their performance and having already won at Buckingham this season, should have the opportunity to establish themselves in the top flight and build for the future.

Both the ladies and men’s matches can be seen again on You Tube