Men’s Hockey League Premier Division – 18 November 2018
SEVENOAKS 2–5 SURBITON
Scorers: Sam Spencer 14-F, Alan Forsyth 18-PS, 41-PS, Arjan Drayton Chana 24-F, Jonathan Gall 48-F.
Squad: Tim Atkins, Lewis Prosser, Tom Sorsby, Ben Boon, Jonathan Gall (Capt.), James Royce, Alan Forsyth, Brendan Creed, David Goodfield, Hayden Beltz, Taylor Seager-Green (GK).
Subs: Arjan Drayton-Chana (5 mins), Sam Spencer (8), Nicholas Parkes (8), William Marshall (11).
Umpires: Andy Higgins and Campbell Reeman
Match Official: Debbie Garner
Surbiton Men opened up a three point lead at the top of the Men’s Hockey League after they won 5-2 at Sevenoaks, while East Grinstead were beating Hampstead & Westminster 5-3, ending the London club’s twelve game unbeaten run.
On a sunny but chilly day at Hollybush Lane, Sevenoaks soaked up some Surbiton pressure before having a chance to take the lead in the eighth minute, Tom Chandler shooting high and wide left of the goal.
Surbiton took the lead in the 14th minute, Sam Spencer smashing a volley shot into the goal netting in emphatic fashion. Four minutes later, James Royce’s penalty corner shot led to a penalty stroke award, Alan Forsyth slotting the ball against the backboard to double the visitors’ lead.
Sevenoaks showed a lot of spirit in spite of their league position and pulled a goal back in the 20th minute, captain, Tim Warrington delighting the loyal home supporters.
Surbiton restored their two goal advantage in the 24th minute, Arjan Drayton Chana with another shot into the goal netting to give Surbiton a 3-1 half time lead.
The penalty corner magic worked for a second time in the 41st minute, another Royce penalty corner shot resulting in a penalty corner award as Surbiton’s supporters experienced dêja-vu as Forsyth once again found the backboard from the penalty spot to put the visitors 4-1 ahead.
In the 48th minute, Jonathan Gall scored from close range with Forsyth in close proximity to further extend Surbiton’s advantage to 5-1 with Chris Barker scoring a second consolation goal for Sevenoaks in the 69th minute to make the final score 5-2.
Surbiton goalkeeper, Taylor Seager-Green made some good saves from Sevenoaks’ first two penalty corners, whilst his opposite number, Richard Potton denied Royce, who was named the Player of the Match, sponsored by David Best
At the halfway stage of the season, Surbiton lead Hampstead by three points and Beeston by six, Holcombe having dropped to fourth after losing 1-0 in Nottingham. East Grinstead’s victory brought them level on points with Holcombe with Reading, 4-2 home winners over the University of Exeter on Saturday night, two points further back.
Brooklands Manchester University consolidated their seventh position after a 5-2 win at Wimbledon, who trail by four points but have a game in hand. The University of Exeter and Sevenoaks remain ninth and tenth respectively.
Surbiton play their final league fixture of 2018 next Saturday (24 November) when Beeston are the visitors for a men’s and women’s doubleheader. The men’s game starts at 6 pm.