Jaffa Super 6s Premier Division – 7 January 2018
SURBITON 5–8 BROOKLANDS MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY
Scorers: Alan Forsyth 1-F, 11-PC, 21-F, 29-F; Arjan Drayton-Chana 27-F
Squad: Hendrik Geyer, Rob Farrington, Luke Noblett, Jonny Gall (Capt.), Alan Forsyth, Taylor Seager-Green (GK).
Subs: Arjan Drayton-Chana (5″), Willie Marshall (5″), Lewis Prosser (5″), Adam Buckle (7″).
Sub not used: Mark Haycroft (GK).
Umpires: Mark Everard and Nick White
Surbiton Men finished third in the Jaffa Super 6s Premier Division and will play second placed East Grinstead in the semi-finals at the Copper Box Arena on 28 January after losing their final game 8-5 to Brooklands Manchester University.
Brooklands needed the victory to avoid relegation to Division One, and the result confirms that both Loughborough Students and Sevenoaks will be playing in the lower division in 2018-19.
Wimbledon will play Team Bath in the other semi-final. The matchups were decided regardless of Surbiton’s result and when Alan Forsyth gave Surbiton a first minute lead, the defending champions were merely heading for second place.
However, Brooklands, having a more important ambition of remaining in the top flight, improved their chances in the fifth minute when Richard Slater levelled from open play. Forsyth converted a penalty corner in the 11th minute, only for Oliver Clarke to equalise, also from a penalty corner within a minute.
Brooklands’ hopes of staying up over Sevenoaks on goal difference were enhanced just before half time when Stefan Ray-Hills gave the Manchester club the lead for the first time.
A minute after half time, Forsyth equalised to make the score 3-3, and Brooklands hopes once more took a jolt when Arjan Drayton-Chan gave Surbiton a 4-3 lead in the 27th minute.
Two goals in the 29th minute left Surbiton leading 5-4, James Sutcliffe scoring from the penalty spot only for Forsyth to reply immediately with his fourth goal of the match.
With ten minutes to play, Ray-Hills made the score 5-5, Sutcliffe converting another penalty stroke in the 32nd minute to give Brooklands a 6-5 lead.
Clarke scored Brooklands’ seventh goal in the 34th minute, with Ray-Hills completing his hat-trick a minute later to preserve Brooklands’ top flight status.
More information about the tournament including various statistics can be found at the England Hockey Altius website here