Men’s Hockey League Premier Divison – 27 October 2018


Scorers: James Royce 22-PC, Alan Forsyth 33-F, 37-PC,65-PS; Ben Boon 68-F
Squad:Tin Atkins, Lewis Prosser, Tom Sorsby, Ben Boon, Jonathan Gall (Capt.), James Royce, Alan Forsyth, Sam Spencer, Nick Parkes, Taylor Seager-Green (GK), Rory Calnan.

Subs: Arjan Drayton Chana (5 mins), Conor Williamson (5), William Marshall (10), Scott Evans (10).

Umpires: Dan Barstow and Sean Edwards

Match Official: John Anderson

Surbiton Men went to the top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on goal difference over Hampstead and Westminster after coming from 2-0 and 3-2 behind to beat Beeston 5-3 at a chilly Nottingham Hockey Centre on Saturday night.

The temperatures dropped under the floodlights, not helped by occasional gusts of wind. Beeston took an early lead, Robbie Gleeson finishing from an acute angle to the left of the goal in the fifth minute. In the 19th minute, Beeston seemed to be in control with Elliot Hibell clinically converted a penalty corner to leave Surbiton trailing 2-0.

Three minutes later, James Royce pulled a goal back, also from a penalty corner with a shot which gave Beeston goalkeeper, Simon Hujwan little chance. Two minutes before half time, Surbiton were level, Ben Boon attacking down the left before crossing into the circle for Alan Forsyth to control the ball and then smash an angled shot into the far right corner.

However, another quality penalty conversion from Hibell just before the half time whistle gave Surbiton something to think about as Beeston went into the interval with a 3-2 lead.

Just two minutes into the second half, Surbiton were back on parity, Hujwan saving an initial penalty corner shot only for Forsyth to put away the rebound with the game poised at 3-3.

At this point, Surbiton lost their way for a while, struggling as Beeston forced them to give up possession regularly, however Beeston failed to take advantage and paid the price with five minutes to play, conceding a penalty stroke. Forsyth made no mistake to give Surbiton the lead for the first time in the match.

With two minutes to play and still trailing by a single goal, Beeston gambled by replacing Hujwan with a kicking back and within seconds, Surbiton sealed the victory, Boon sending the ball into an empty goal to maintain the visitors’ recent excellent record in league matches at Nottingham Hockey Centre.

Surbiton moved above Hampstead on goal difference after Hampstead could only draw 0-0 against Holcombe at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. Holcombe are third and Beeston fourth, whilst East Grinstead are fifth following their 3-2 home win over Sevenoaks and Reading are sixth on goal difference after their 1-0 home win over Wimbledon.

The University of Exeter host Brooklands Manchester University on Sunday.

Surbiton are at home to Hampstead and Westminster in the second half of a league doubleheader at Sugden Road next Saturday (push back 6 pm).

Both Surbiton matches at Beeston can be seen again on You Tube