England Hockey Championships Tier 1 Round 3 – Sunday 11 February 2018

SURBITON 20 ST. ALBANS

Scorers: Autumn Brown 26-PC, Natalie Maclean 70+-PC
Squad: Grace Lawes (GK); Georgie Twigg (Capt.), Emily Atkinson, Alessia Robinson, Olivia Chilton, Natalie Maclean, Beckie Middleton, Sarah Page, Holly Payne, Izzy Petter, Ella Burnley

Subs: Stephanie Addison (7″), Lucy Holder (9″), Darcy Bourne (12″), Issy Carey (16″), Autumn Brown (17″).

Umpires: Rick Goddard and Karen Fynn

Match Official: Colin Pike

Surbiton Ladies had to work hard to overcome a resolute St. Albans team and reach the England Hockey Women’s Tier 1 Championships Quarter-finals with a 2-0 win at Sugden Road on Sunday.

St. Albans were seventh in the one division lower IWHL Conference East and in spite of only having thirteen players, defended well and only conceded two goals, both coming from penalty corners, the second at the end of the match.

Surbiton gave first team debuts to youngsters Issy Carey and Autumn Brown, who both acquitted themselves well against national league opposition.

Surbiton struggled with their penalty corner routine, having problems with trapping injections, but when the routine worked, they found visiting goalkeeper Amy Liu in fine form, saving from Natalie Maclean.

St. Albans were confident enough to play long passes, Ella Dagnall finding Martha Hoult before the Surbiton defence recovered.

The opening goal came from the hosts’ fifth penalty corner, Brown scoring with an excellent drag-flick to give Surbiton a 1-0 half time lead.

In the second half, Liu made further fine saves from Darcy Bourne and Emily Atkinson, but the St. Albans defence were nearly caught out by an attacking run by Izzy Petter, whose resulting shot went agonisingly wide of the right post.

Surbiton’s mistrapping woes continued in the second half as St. Albans conceded further penalty corners but the visitors managed to hold out until added on time at the end of the match when Maclean found the backboard from Surbiton’s thirteenth penalty corner to ensure that the Investec Women’s Cup holders reached the last eight of the newly structured competition.

The other winners were Hampstead & Westminster; Clifton Robinsons; University of Birmingham 2nd XI, Buckingham; Bowdon Hightown; and either Reading or Slough. Brooklands Poynton received a bye into the quarter-finals.