Surbiton Ladies will host Brooklands Poynton in the Investec Adult Women’s Tier 1 Championships semi-final at Sugden Road on Saturday (push back 2 pm).
Surbiton beat Hampstead & Westminster 4-2 at Paddington Recreation Ground last Sunday to earn their place in the last four and will take on a Brooklands team which also won their quarter-final last Sunday, 3-1 at local rivals, Bowdon Hightown.
Brooklands had previously drawn 2-2 at Bowdon but the floodlights timer switched off before the penalty stroke barrage could be completed, resulting in the game having to be replayed.
Surbiton had been thwarted by the Beast From The East in their attempts to play the quarter final tie in Central London, due to Hampstead having to rearrange league fixtures to ensure their place in the Promotion Tournament starting next weekend when they will face Beeston (Conference North), Stourport (Conference West) and Slough (9th in IWHL Premier Division), having won the Conference East title.
Brooklands finished as runners-up in the Conference North, eleven points behind Beeston, but still have the cup to play for.
Surbiton have met Brooklands in the cup once before, back in October 2013, when Surbiton travelled up to the North West for an eventful second round cup tie.
Brooklands led 2-0 after just four minutes through Lindsay Rachubka and Kelly Baxter before Surbiton fought back. Vicky Bryant and Sandra Roche brought Surbiton level before half time, with Giselle Ansley and Emily Atkinson putting Surbiton 4-2 ahead.with seven minutes to play. There were a few anxious moments as Helen Turner scored from a penalty stroke with three minutes left but Surbiton won 4-3 and went on to win the Investec Women’s Cup at Nottingham Hockey Centre with a 7-1 win over Hampstead & Westminster.
Brooklands won 1-0 at Timperley and gained a bye in Round Three. Surbiton beat Wapping 7-1, East Grinstead 2-1 and St. Albans 2-0, all at home before their trip to Paddington Rec.
The other semi-final tie between Clifton Robinsons and Buckingham takes place at 2.30 pm on Sunday. When the teams met in the IWHL Premier, Buckingham won 4-3 in Bristol.