Surbiton Men play Hampstead in the MHL Championship Final at 1.30 pm at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday.
It’s nearly five years since Surbiton beat Hampstead in the Men’s Cup Final at Wakefield, but this is the first time that the teams have met in the final to decide the Men’s Hockey League champions.
This season’s league meetings ended with honours even with Surbiton winning 2-1 at Sugden Road back in October and Hampstead mounting a stunning comeback to to win 5-4 at Paddington Recreation Ground only last month.
The match will see Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth, the Premier Division’s top scorer with 26 goals face Matt Guise Brown, who ended the regular season with 19 goals for Hampstead. Guise Brown scored in Hampstead’s win over Wimbledon whilst Forsyth’s shot was deflected by fellow Scot, Nick Parkes in Surbiton’s semi-final win over Beeston.
Hampstead are on a five game winning streak starting with that 5-4 thriller win at Paddington Recreation Ground and Surbiton have won their last three games since they lost at Hampstead, including two wins over Beeston.
At one point near the end of the season there were brief fears that Hampstead might pip Surbiton to a playoff place, but circumstances have not only ensured that Surbiton are in position to defend their league title but it’s their London rivals who stand between them and a second successive triumph and a place in next season’s Euro Hockey League,
If you can’t get to Lee Valley, both League Finals will be shown live on the BBC Sport website, via the BBC Sport app and via internet connected TVs.
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