Men’s Hockey League Premier Division – 20 October 2018

SURBITON 62 READING

Scorers: Arjan Drayton Chana 11-F, Scott Evans 34-F, Alan Forsyth 52-F, James Royce 54-PC, Ben Boon 55-F, 69-F
Squad: Tim Atkins, Lewis Prosser, Tom Sorsby, Ben Boon, Jonathan Gall (Capt.), James Royce, Alan Forsyth, Sam Spencer, Nick Parkes, Taylor Seager-Green (GK), Rory Calnan,

Subs: Arjan Drayton Chana (6 mins), Conor Williamson (6), Scott Evans (9), William Marshall (11), Harry Gough (29).

Umpires: Dan Barstow and Nick White

Match Official: Jo Pennycook

Surbiton Men moved up to second in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division following an entertaining 6-2 home win over Reading, combined with Holcombe’s surprise 1-0 home defeat by East Grinstead. Hampstead & Westminster took over the lead from Holcombe with a 5-0 win at the University of Exeter, Hampstead leading Surbiton by two points.

After an opening ten minutes when both teams tested each other out, the game came to life with two goals in two minutes. Arjan Drayton Chana slipped the ball past Reading goalkeeper, Chris Wyver in the eleventh minute after running towards goal in a one on one situation. Surbiton’s celebrations were short lived as Reading equalised a minute later through Lee Morton.

In spite of both teams showing attacking intent, the game seemed to be heading for a 1-1 draw at half time until in the 34th minute, an excellent passing move found Wyver wrongfooted with Scott Evans easily able to restore Surbiton’s lead from open play.

Reading had lost 5-0 at Holcombe in their only other away match this season, but seemed to be in better form when Charlie Ellison made the score 2-2 in the 44th minute, finishing off a penalty corner. Morton and Ellison had been two of Reading’s three goalscorers at home to East Grinstead the previous week.

Midway through the second half, Surbiton began a scoring burst which saw then breach the Reading defence three times in four minutes and open up a 5-2 lead. In the 52nd minute, Forsyth and Wyver had a goalscoring duel before Forsyth put the ball away at the third attempt to give Surbiton a 3-2 lead with his eighth goal of the campaign.

Two minutes later, James Royce continued his scoring streak, dragflicking the ball clinically past Wyver for his fifth goal of the season, having scored in the last four matches.

Before the Reading defence could recover, Ben Boon scored Surbiton’s fifth goal with a run towards goal and another determined finish to leave the visitors shell shocked.

With one minute to play, Boon repeated his feat at Brooklands, scoring Surbiton’s last two goals, the second yet another clinical finish to make the final score 6-2.

Holcombe dropped to third, a point behind Surbiton but ahead on goal difference from Beeston, 3-2 winners at Brooklands Manchester University. East Grinstead’s win lifted them up to fifth, pushing Reading down to sixth, also on goal difference. Wimbledon, bottom of the table at the start of the day, moved up to seventh courtesy of their 5-2 win over Sevenoaks, who replace them at the bottom of the table. Eighth placed Brooklands and ninth placed University of Exeter join Sevenoaks on one point, but Wimbledon and Exeter have a game in hand as their match in Devon has been rescheduled for 2 December due to Wimbledon’s participation in the Euro Hockey League.

Surbiton visit Beeston next Saturday as part of a doubleheader at Nottingham Hockey Centre. Surbiton Ladies play at 4, with Surbiton Men following at 6 pm as Beeston celebrate Oktoberfest.