Men’s Hockey League Premier Division – 24 November 2018

SURBITON 34 BEESTON

Scorers: Alan Forsyth 32-F, 58-F; William Marshall 44-PC
Squad: Lewis Prosser, Tom Sorsby, Jonathan Gall (Capt.), William Marshall, James Royce, Alan Forsyth, Brendan Creed, David Goodfield, Hayden Beltz, Nicholas Parkes, Taylor Seager-Green (GK).

Subs: Arjan Drayton-Chana (4 mins), Conor Williamson (6), Sam Spencer (8), Rory Calnan (10).

Sub not used: Ben Boon

Umpires: Dave Dowdall and Paul Walker

Match Official: David Collier

 

Surbiton Men lost their unbeaten record on Saturday evening as Beeston avenged their 5-3 defeat at Nottingham Hockey Centre with a 4-3 win at Sugden Road to close to within three points of Surbiton in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Hampstead and Westminster have the opportunity to go back level on points with Surbiton on Sunday with a home victory over the University of Exeter as the race for the top four spots in the division is likely to take another twist.

Ironically after the goal-fest in Nottingham, the first half at Sugden Road was slightly calmer in spite of both teams wanting to attack. Surbiton’s fast flowing passing game set up the opening goal for Alan Forsyth in the 32nd minute.

When William Marshall doubled the lead in the 44th minute from Surbiton’s fifth penalty corner, it seemed that Surbiton were on course for another win.

Beeston fought back in the 52nd minute when following their third penalty corner, Richard Lawrence slotted the ball home to reduce the deficit to 2-1, but when Forsyth struck again with just twelve minutes to play with his twentieth goal of the league campaign, Surbiton were hopeful of completing a league double.

However, Beeston stormed the Surbiton goal and scored three quick goals to stun the home defenders and supporters.  First, Henry Croft scored in the 60th minute before Beeston turned the game round with two goals in the 63rd minute, James Albery equalising and Nick Park giving Beeston the lead for the first time in the match.

With three minutes to play, Surbiton replaced goalkeeper Taylor Seager-Green with Lewis Prosser as a kicking back, but although Surbiton forced a late penalty corner, Beeston held out for a vital win to follow on from their 1-0 home victory over Holcombe the previous week.

With Surbiton Ladies losing the first match, also against Beeston, the results mirrored the home doubleheader on 3 March against Holcombe when Surbiton Ladies lost 2-1 and Surbiton Men lost 4-3.

In the other match of the night, Sevenoaks earned their third draw of the season, 2-2 at home to East Grinstead.