Men’s Hockey League Premier Division – 19 November 2017
BROOKLANDS MU 3–3 SURBITON
Scorers: Alan Forsyth 28-F, 43-F; Arjan Drayton Chana 69-F
Squad: Harry Gibson (GK); Luke Taylor, Lewis Prosser, Chris Grassick (Capt.), Arjan Drayton Chana, Zach Wallace, Gareth Furlong, Alan Forsyth, Brendan Creed, Nicky Parkes, James Gall.
Subs: Rob Farrington (6″), Willie Marshall (6″), Sam Spencer (6″), David Goodfield (10″), Luke Noblett (11″)
Umpires: Dan Barstow and Sean Edwards
Match Official: David Ellcock
Surbiton Men trail Beeston on goal difference at the top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division after being held to a 3-3 draw for the second season running at Brooklands Manchester University on Sunday afternoon.
Beeston won 5-0 at Canterbury to join Surbiton on 22 points and go above the reigning champions with a six better goal difference.
Surbiton made the worst possible start at Brooklands, falling behind after just 80 seconds, Sam Perrin finishing off a quick attacking move to delight the home supporters.
Wearing their change strip of green shirts, Surbiton were denied by Brooklands goalkeeper Chris Scott, who saved from Arjan Drayton Chana in the 13th minute and was one of the reasons that the visitors failed to convert any of their nine penalty corners during the match.
David Goodfield shot past the left post from open play, whilst Gareth Furlong and Luke Taylor failed to score from Surbiton’s first two penalty corners.
Seven minutes before half time, Alan Forsyth equalised from open play with a shot into the netting just above the backboard, the teams turning round at half time on level terms.
Forsyth struck again in the 43rd minute to give Surbiton the lead for the first time at 2-1 with a trademark defiant shot. However, five minutes later it was Brooklands and their supporters who were celebrating as Peter Cornell scored from open play to leave all to play for once more.
Brooklands’ penalty corner defenders worked hard to help their goalkeeper by blocking drag-flicks and forcing long corners, but although Surbiton struggled to make the breakthrough with their penalty corner routine, Brooklands’ routine proved to be more effective.
Surbiton could have fallen two goals behind in the fifth minute when Brooklands struck the left post from their first penalty corner, but with two minutes remaining, Aiden Khares converted their second penalty corner to put the hosts 3-2 ahead and in sight of their third and much needed league win of the season.
A minute later, Surbiton salvaged a point, Goodfield’s shot touched in by Drayton Chana to make the final score 3-3 as Brooklands ended a run of five successive defeats after winning two of their first three league games. Brooklands also extended their lead over the bottom two teams, Canterbury and Sevenoaks to four points at the halfway point of the regular season.
Hampstead and Westminster moved up to third with a 3-2 home win over Holcombe. Hampstead are five points behind the top two teams.
Reading are fourth following their 6-1 home win over East Grinstead on Saturday night, ahead of Holcombe on goal difference.
Wimbledon are a further point behind in 6th after a 7-0 thrashing of Sevenoaks.
Next Saturday, Surbiton play their final league fixture of 2017 when they host Wimbledon at 6 pm at Sugden Road. Admission will be £5 and the fee covers both that match and Surbiton Ladies’ top of the table clash with the University of Birmingham which starts at 4 pm.