EH Championships Tier Four Final – 7 May 2018
SURBITON 4 0–3 BEBINGTON 2
Squad: Lee Creaser (GK); Joe Dickson, Kieran Boddington, Adam Langford (Capt.), Luke Anderson, Sam Newton, Will Quinn, Matt Claisse, Tom Philp, Tommy Baynton-Williams, Mike Pocock.
Subs: Del Noble (8″), Tom Dodd (9″), Matt Sutton (9″), Jon Bowen (12″), Milan Brinker (GK) (36″).
Umpires: Ian Dinwiddy and Ashley Freeman
Surbiton Men’s 4th team lost out to Bebington 2nd team in the England Hockey Championships Tier Four final at Lee Valley on Bank Holiday morning, going down 3-0 in a game which was more competitive than the full time score suggests.
Bebington had the first threat in the second minute, Jamie Bates crossing from the right with nobody in the circle to finish. Surbiton’s captain, Adam Langford was needed in defence a minute later, but Surbiton could have been 2-0 ahead after just nine minutes.
First, Kieran Boddington’s shot whizzed past the left post in the seventh minute, then two minutes later, Del Noble shot past the right post as the Bebington defence struggled to defend.
Both teams made several unforced errors, with defenders working hard to reduce the number of clear cut scoring chances.
Surbiton threatened again in the 12th minute, Sam Newton’s run finding Noble in the circle, only for the final pass to elude Will Quinn.
Bebington were awarded their first penalty corner in the 15th minute, Surbiton goalkeeper, Lee Creaser making a save from Bebington’s Matthew Weston after the Wirral based club initiated a manoeuvred routine.
Three minutes later, Bebington’s Bates found Jordan Cossins in the circle, Cossins going down with his claims for a foul waved away.
The deadlock was broken in the 20th minute, Bates scoring from the edge of the circle and wheeling away in celebration.
Bebington had further chances to score in the first half, but Langford defended Robbie Green’s shot from their second penalty corner and Bebington captain, Graham Millington shot past the right post just before half time.
Surbiton, with Milan Brinker taking over in goal for the second half, tried to fight back, Newton’s pass just evading Noble, then Noble finding Langford in the circle in a subsequent attack.
Bebington doubled their lead in the 51st minute, Weston scoring from open play from short range, effectively forcing the ball over the lane.
Four minutes later, Surbiton’s hopes of a comeback were effectively ended with Ian Rand put away a rebound from Bebington’s third penalty corner of the match.
Surbiton had two chances to pull a goal back from penalty corners, but their first shot was blocked high into the air and defended, then Newton shot wide of the right post from their second award with ten minutes remaining.
Tom Philp and Matt Sutton combined before Sutton’s shot was blocked, Bebington holding out for the win.
Surbiton will be disappointed not to return to Sugden Road with the trophy, but they performed well against a team which finished second in their league, Surbiton fielding a squad of fourth and fifth team players, Bebington with a second team squad.