Jaffa Super 6s Premier Division – 17 November 2017
SURBITON 5–4 READING
Scorers: Hendrik Geyer 17-F, Alan Forsyth 20-F, 33-F; Arjan Drayton-Chana 34-F, Willie Marshall 36-F
Squad: Hendrik Geyer, Rob Farrington, Jonny Gall (Capt.), Willie Marshall, Alan Forsyth, Taylor Seager-Green (GK)
Subs: Arjan Drayton-Chana (6″), Adam Buckle (6″), Zach Wallace (6″). Sub not used: Mark Pearn
Umpires: Lee Barron and Nick White
Surbiton Men will go into the second weekend of the Jaffa Super 6s Premier Division in third place after winning three of their first four matches at Bromsgrove School. However, Surbiton had to battle back from 4-2 down early in the second half before prevailing against a Reading team which had lost its first three games, 5-4 in their final game of the weekend.
Surbiton fell behind in the 11th minute, Nick Catlin giving Reading the lead from the penalty spot. Surbiton responded with two goals late in the first half, Hendrik Geyer scoring in the 17th minute and Alan Forsyth in the 20th minute, to take a 2-1 half time lead.
Reading stunned Surbiton with three quick goals early in the second half. Nick Richards equalised in the 21st minute, with Tom Carson putting Reading back in front in the same minute. A minute later, Richards was on target for a second time as Reading seemed to be heading for their first win by holding a 4-2 lead.
Surbiton had to wait until seven minutes from time to start their comeback through Alan Forsyth. A minute later, Arjan Drayton-Chana made the score 4-4, with Willie Marshall scoring the winning goal in the 36th minute, all the goals after Catlin’s penalty stroke coming from open play.
Team Bath Buccaneers lead the table after winning all four games. Wimbledon dropped their first points in a 2-2 draw with East Grinstead and trail Team Bath by two points.
Surbiton are three points off the lead and meet Team Bath on the Saturday of the second weekend. Holcombe and East Grinstead, four points behind Surbiton, and Brooklands Manchester University, a further point behind are currently battling for the fourth and final qualifying place although things can change over the second weekend with each team still having four matches to play.
More information about the tournament with live updates available for every game can be found at the England Hockey Altius website here