Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division – Saturday 30 Sep 2017
SURBITON 3–1 CLIFTON ROBINSONS
Scorers: Hannah Martin 2-F, 45-F; Izzy Petter 5-F
Squad: Grace Lawes (GK); Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft (Capt.), Georgie Twigg, Jo Hunter, Hannah Martin, Emily Atkinson, Sarah Page, Alice Sharp, Izzy Petter, Robyn Collins.
Subs: Stephanie Addison 8″, Beckie Middleton 8″, Darcy Bourne 11″, Adrienne Houle 17″, Ella Burnley 20″
Umpires: Rob Jenkins and Leila Sacré
Match Official: Jo Pennycook
Surbiton Ladies went to the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after beating Clifton Robinsons 3-1 in their first home game of the 2017-18 season. After just two rounds, no team has a one hundred per cent record with Surbiton heading a group of four teams with four points and a plus two goal difference on the basis of having scored more goals.
Clifton Robinsons included former Surbiton players Hannah Coulson and Kate Holmes in their starting line-up. Surbiton were without Emily Defroand due to a facial injury, whilst Beckie Middleton returned from her Ford National League duty with Auckland.
Having struggled to score from open play at Canterbury seven days before, Surbiton stunned the visitors with two goals in the first five minutes. Hannah Martin opened the scoring after just 89 seconds, putting away a rebound after Clifton Robinsons goalkeeper, Sarah Ellis saved.
In the fifth minute, youngster Izzy Petter calmly finished from the centre of the circle to double the hosts’ lead, with Surbiton threatening to open the floodgates.
Surbiton were given space to attack, with Darcy Bourne going close in the thirteenth minute after receiving the ball from Jo Hunter and two minutes later, Bourne was unlucky to be outnumbered in the circle after good attacking play from Middleton.
Clifton Robinsons conceded one penalty corner in the first half, their captain, Harriet Smith blocking Giselle Ansley’s shot.
In added on time at the end of the first half, the visitors pulled a goal back, Tara Chittenden converting Clifton Robinsons’ only penalty corner of the match to give them hope that they could come back and get their first ever win over Surbiton in competition.
Those hopes were extinguished ten minutes after half time, Martin scoring her second goal of the game, deflecting the ball past Ellis to extend Surbiton’s lead to 3-1.
Middleton forced a save with Petter, Georgie Twigg and Sarah Page all having chances to further extend Surbiton’s lead, with Hunter forcing yet another save near the end.
But the 3-1 result was enough to elevate Surbiton to the top of the table as other results went their way. Clifton Robinsons dropped down to sixth.
Slough, Bowdon Hightown and Holcombe all have identical records behind Surbiton. Bowdon and Slough had both won their opening games 3-1, but when they met in Altrincham, fought out a goalless draw. Holcombe had drawn 0-0 at East Grinstead on day one, but beat the University of Birmingham 3-1 in their first home game of the season.
Newly promoted Buckingham won their first home game, defeating Canterbury 4-2 after opening up a 4-0 lead moving up to fifth.
Leicester beat East Grinstead 2-0 to move up to seventh. Leicester visit Sugden Road next Saturday (7 October) at 4pm before Surbiton Men take on London rivals, Hampstead & Westminster at 6 pm.
Admission to the doubleheader will be £5.