Men’s Hockey League Premier Division  – 21 January 2018

SURBITON 51 BROOKLANDS MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY

Scorers: Luke Taylor 24-PC, Nick Parkes 42-PC, Alan Forsyth 49-F, Dave Bartram 53-F, Arjan Drayton Chana 62-F
Squad: Harry Gibson (GK); Luke Taylor, Jonny Gall (Capt.), Arjan Drayton-Chana, Zach Wallace, Alan Forsyth, Brendan Creed, Adam Buckle, Morgan Males, Sam Spencer, Nick Parkes.

Subs: David Goodfield (5″), Rob Farrington (6″), Dave Bartram (6″), James Gall (9″).

Sub not used: Willie Marshall.

Umpires: Will Champness and Nick Padget

Match Official: Ray Strudwick

Surbiton Men extended their lead at the top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division to four points after a 5-1 win over Brooklands Manchester University at Sugden Road.

The game was brought forward from the original date of 18 February due to Surbiton’s participation in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup in Wettingen, Switzerland that weekend.

On a wet and bitterly cold day in Elmbridge, the game started under floodlights, with Surbiton not able to take full advantage of their share of possession thanks to Brooklands’ organised defence. Brooklands also suffered a setback when Andy Jackson was hit by a ball in the sixth minute and had to come off the pitch.

Oliver Clarke, Tom Lush and Dan Vincent all defended well for Brooklands in the first half, Surbiton needing to rely on their penalty corner routine to make the breakthrough. Luke Taylor found the backboard from Surbiton’s second penalty corner in the 24th minute to go in at half time with a narrow lead.

Brooklands had had an opportunity to take the lead themselves in the fourth minute from a penalty corner, Jackson shooting wide of the right post from a rebound after Surbiton goalkeeper, Harry Gibson’s save.

Having struggled to break through in the first half, Surbiton found their rhythm in the second, David Goodfield’s run winning a penalty corner. Nick Parkes deflected Taylor’s shot past Brooklands goalkeeper Robbie Turner in the 42nd minute to double Surbiton’s lead.

Zach Wallace went close to finishing off a slick passing move in the 49th minute with Arjan Drayton Chana poised at the left post. Shortly afterwards, Alan Forsyth made no mistake as Surbiton scored their first goal of the match from open play then set up Dave Bartram to score Surbiton’s fourth goal in the 53rd minute.

Brooklands, who came close to beating the defending champions in the first meeting, scored what proved to be a consolation goal with twelve minutes to play, Aidan Khares preventing Gibson from keeping a clean sheet.

Drayton-Chana completed the scoring in the 62nd minute with an angled shot from the right of the circle to ensure that Surbiton have a four point lead over nearest rivals, Beeston, having played a game more.

With Surbiton defending their Jaffa Super 6s title next weekend at the Copper Box Arena, their next outdoor match will be at Sevenoaks on 3 February (5 pm). Sevenoaks, along with Kent rivals Canterbury are battling against relegation and are now six points adrift of Brooklands with a game in hand after today’s result.