Men’s Hockey League Premier Division – 30 Sep 2017

SURBITON 62 SEVENOAKS

Scorers: Luke Taylor 9-PC, 19-PC, 22-PC, 70-PC; James Gall 29-F, David Goodfield 32-F
Squad: Harry Gibson (GK); Luke Taylor, Lewis Prosser, Jonny Gall, Chris Grassick (Capt.), Willie Marshall, Zach Wallace, Alan Forsyth, Brendan Creed, David Goodfield, James Gall.

Subs: Arjan Drayton-Chana 4″, Nick Parkes 4″, Morgan Males 11″, Sam Spencer 11″. Sub not used: Dave Bartram.

Umpires: Nick Padget and Nick White

Match Official: Mel Ive

 

Surbiton Men scored six goals for the second week running against a Kent club as newly promoted Sevenoaks were beaten 6-2 at Sugden Road.

Luke Taylor performed a penalty corner masterclass, scoring four of Surbiton’s goals in front of an enthusiastic crowd under the floodlights.

Taylor opened the scoring from Surbiton’s second penalty corner, his fierce drag-flick too powerful for Sevenoaks’ defenders to deal with on its way into the netting in the ninth minute.

Although Surbiton dominated possession, Sevenoaks levelled in the 17th minute, Tejinder Hanspal smashing the ball past Surbiton goalkeeper, Harry Gibson.

Two minutes later, Taylor struck again to restore Surbiton’s lead from the hosts’ fourth penalty corner

In the 22nd minute, Taylor completed his hat-trick, his drag-flick rebounding off the backboard to give Surbiton a 3-1 lead.

Sevenoaks battled back a second time in the 26th minute, Andrew Ross converting the visitors’ first penalty corner with a shot which ended up in the netting to Gibson’s left.

Surbiton responded with two well taken goals in two minutes. On the half hour, the ball was pulled back for James Gall to finish with a no nonsense shot and then two minutes later it was David Goodfield’s turn to smash the ball home, the spectators treated to seven goals and a 5-2 Surbiton lead at half time as compensation for the wet conditions.

After the first half goal fest, the second half was calmer, although Surbiton had chances to score, Chris Grassick’s shot deflected over the bar, with Alan Forsyth shooting past the right post and Goodfield forcing a save. Zach Wallace also went close, but it was Taylor who had the final word, converting a last minute penalty corner to make the final score 6-2.

The remaining Premier Division games are played on Sunday, with only Hampstead & Westminster and Reading poised to join Surbiton on six points after their visit to Wimbledon and home game versus Canterbury respectively.