Surbiton Men take on Brooklands Manchester University at 6 pm on Saturday as part two of a men’s/ women’s double header following Surbiton Ladies match against Canterbury at 4 pm.
Admission covering both matches will be £5.
Brooklands come to Sugden Road in sixth place in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division, having missed out on moving above Holcombe into fifth place last weekend, losing 3-1 at home to the University of Exeter.
Brooklands struggled at the start of the season and didn’t record their first victory until 28 October when they ironically won 3-1 in Exeter. They had lost four of their first five games, a solitary point coming in a 1-1 draw at Sevenoaks.
Holcombe won 3-1 at Brooklands, then Reading were 4-3 victors at Sonning Lane. After the draw at Sevenoaks, Surbiton won 7-2 at Brooklands in a stunning and clinical performance. Beeston also won 3-2 at Brooklands before Exeter were beaten in Devon.
Brooklands had to wait a little longer to start racking up wins, drawing 3-3 at East Grinstead and going down 5-4 at Hampstead & Westminster, but 2018 ended with a 5-2 win at Wimbledon and a 2-1 home win over Reading.
2019 dawned with a 1-1 draw at Beeston, followed by a 3-2 victory in the return match with Wimbledon and a 2-0 win at East Grinstead. Last week’s defeat to Exeter was something of a surprise, but Brooklands now find themselves in mid table, seven points ahead of the University of Exeter in ninth place.
Of Brooklands’ 33 goals, David Flanagan has scored twelve including four penalty strokes. Thomas Russell has scored five goals with Richard Slater and Mike Shaw both on three. Peter Flanagan is on two with the remaining eight goals shared between eight players.
Meanwhile, Surbiton will be looking to see how their nearest rivals, Hampstead and Westminster fare at Beeston in the only match on Sunday, with a trip to Paddington Recreation Ground set for 17 March.
Elsewhere on Saturday, East Grinstead are at home to Reading; Sevenoaks host a Holcombe team whose recent form has seen them win one match of their last six. Wimbledon have a key relegation clash with the University of Exeter with both teams virtually battling to avoid participating in the Promotion Tournament.