Men’s Hockey League Premier Division – 9 March 2019

SURBITON 71 BROOKLANDS MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY

Scorers: David Goodfield 3-F, Alan Forsyth 17-F, 21-PC; Tom Sorsby 35-F, William Marshall 58-F, Zach Wallace 64-F, Ben Boon 67-F

Squad: Harry Gibson (GK); Luke Taylor, Ben Boon, Jonathan Gall (Capt.), Zach Wallace, James Royce, Alan Forsyth, Brendan Creed, David Goodfield, Sam Spencer, James Gall.

Subs: Scott Evans (5 mins), Tom Sorsby (7), Hayden Beltz (7), Tim Atkins (8), William Marshall (8).

Umpires: Lee Barron and Mark Everard

Match Official: Ray Strudwick

 

Surbiton Men opened up a three point lead over rivals Hampstead and Westminster with a convincing 7-1 home win over Brooklands Manchester University under the Sugden Road floodlights on Saturday. Surbiton scored seven goals against Brooklands for the second time this season following the 7-2 win in Sale in 2018.

Surbiton will go into the top of the table clash at Paddington Recreation Ground next Sunday (17 March) as division leaders after Hampstead lost 1-0 at Beeston on Sunday. 

Surbiton scored their quickest goal of the season so far when an attacking move was finished off by David Goodfield from close range in the third minute. Both teams then took time to settle down although Surbiton wasted the chance to double their lead in the fifth minute when a penalty corner injection was mistrapped.

Ben Boon combined nicely with Hayden Beltz for Beltz to fire the ball past the left post in the eleventh minute before Alan Forsyth doubled Surbiton’s lead in the 17th minute from open play.

Four minutes later, Surbiton’s penalty corner routine bore fruit as Forsyth spun round to score his second goal of the game after James Royce was denied.

Two minutes before half time, Forsyth was only denied a hat-trick by a fine save from Brooklands goalkeeper, Robert Turner. On the stroke of half time, Tom Sorsby scored Surbiton’s fourth goal with an attack down the left before unleashing a fierce shot past Turner to put Surbiton firmly in control.

After a high scoring first half, the second half began in quieter fashion before Surbiton began creating scoring chances again with Forsyth firing right, Zach Wallace forcing a save, Royce forcing a save and Wallace shooting past the right post after good work by Sam Spencer.

Luke Taylor had a penalty corner drag-flick blocked in the 56th minute but the pressure eventually proved too much for the Brooklands defence. In the 58th minute, Willie Marshall scored from short range having previously threatened in a forward role, before running towards Surbiton’s supporters to celebrate.

Wallace scored Surbiton’s sixth goal from the left of the circle in the 64th minute, but Forsyth was again denied a hat-trick after a 66th minute goal was disallowed following an umpire consultation. The move had been set up by Beltz. 

Ben Boon, who has a habit of scoring late goals, struck again in the 67th minute for his seventh goal of the season of which four have been scored in the final five minutes.

Brooklands also have a record of scoring late goals and denied Surbiton a clean sheet when Sam Perrin scored in the 69th minute. Perrin had also scored in the 69th minute at home to Holcombe on opening day and this was the fourth time this season that Brooklands have scored a 69th minute goal.

East Grinstead stayed fourth after their 2-2 home draw with Reading, but Holcombe are just two points behind them thanks to their 3-1 win at Sevenoaks which keeps their hopes of a playoff place alive. The defeat all but relegates Sevenoaks, eight points behind ninth placed University of Exeter with just nine points available. Exeter are virtually headed for the Promotion Tournament now that they trail Wimbledon by five points after a 4-0 defeat in London.