Jaffa Super Sixes Premier Division – 6 January 2019
SURBITON 13–5 TEAM BATH BUCCANEERS
Scorers: Niall Stott 2-F, 18-PC; Alan Forsyth 4-F, 11-F, 25-F, 27-F, 34-F; Dave Beckett 7-F, William Marshall 9-F, 17-F, 17-F, 27-F; Tom Sorsby 38-F.
Squad: Jonny Gall (Capt.), William Marshall, Niall Stott, Alan Forsyth, Brendan Creed, Taylor Seager-Green (GK).
Subs: Lewis Prosser (4 mins), Tom Sorsby (4), Arjan Drayton Chana (4), Dave Beckett (4), David Goodfield (4).
Sub not used: Mark Haycroft (GK).
Umpires: Kevin Roberts and Matt Harrison
Surbiton Men qualified for Finals Day of the Jaffa Super Sixes Championships, ending their Premier Division round-robin campaign with a goal fest against already relegated Team Bath Buccaneers.
Surbiton’s qualification had been confirmed earlier in the day when Team Bath drew 4-4 with Canterbury. Team Bath will join Brooklands Manchester University in Division One next season.
The 13-5 win over Team Bath moved Surbiton above Sevenoaks into second place after the Kent club lost their last two games, but Surbiton will have to wait until the last game of the day to find out their semi-final opponents as if East Grinstead can end Hampstead & Westminster’s unbeaten run, they will push Sevenoaks down to fourth and face Surbiton in the last four for the second season running.
Surbiton stormed into a 4-0 lead after just nine minutes, Niall Stott, Alan Forsyth, Dave Beckett and William Marshall all scoring from open play. William Prentice briefly interrupted Surbiton’s momentum with a tenth minute goal for Team Bath, but Surbiton led 8-2 at half time, Forsyth and Stott finding the net again with Marshall adding a 17th minute brace. Andy Pett had the last word of the first half with a second Team Bath goal in the 19th minute.
Incredibly, it was Team Bath who scored the first goal of the second half, Rogier Rombouts reducing the deficit to 8-3 in the 24th minute, but Forsyth’s hat-trick goal in the 25th minute and a goal each from Forsyth and Marshall (also notching a hat-trick) in the 27th minute, extended Surbiton’s advantage to a heady 11-3.
Team Bath didn’t give up, Ben Stone converting a 32nd minute penalty corner but Forsyth scored his fifth goal of the game in the 34th minute and Tom Sorsby joined in the fun with a goal two minutes from the end as Surbiton led 13-4.
As in the first half, Team Bath had the final word of the match, Prentice scoring his second goal of the game as Surbiton prevailed 13-5.
More information about the tournament, can be found at the England Hockey Altius website
The final positions should be known at around 6 pm.
Tickets for the Championships at the Copper Box Arena on Sunday 27 January can be bought here
Surbiton are likely to play Sevenoaks or East Grinstead in the second semi-final at 2.15 pm, but the fixture details will be confirmed after the round-robin competition concludes.