M1 Host Brooklands MU on Sat.
By Colin Pike
Surbiton Men are at home to Brooklands Manchester University on Saturday evening (push back 5.30 pm).
Surbiton have an impressive record against Brooklands over the last five years, having won 8-1 on the opening day of the 2020-21 season, following 7-0, 7-1, 5-1 wins and a 6-2 victory in November 2016.
Brooklands last won at Sugden Road in February 2016 by a 5-3 margin.
The goals have also been scored in the reverse fixture with Surbiton amazingly winning 12-0 on their last visit in September 2019 having won 7-2 the previous season.
Two successive 3-3 draws were preceded by another goal fest, Surbiton winning 6-4 in September 2015.
Brooklands last beat Surbiton on home turf in October 2010 with a narrow 1-0 win.
This season, 3-3 and 6-4 scorelines have already featured in both teams' matches. Surbiton beat Holcombe 6-4 in their opening home game and Brooklands have drawn 3-3 at East Grinstead and at home to Beeston in the last two weeks.
Brooklands started the 2021-22 campaign with a 2-1 defeat at the University of Durham, where Surbiton won 3-0 last week, but only after having been held scoreless in the first three quarters.
A 2-1 home win over the University of Exeter was then followed by the aforementioned double 3-3 results.
David Flanagan and Alex Holmes both scored twice with Craig Getty, Peter Flanagan, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Rusbridge and Felix Tully all scoring once.
In between the Holcombe and University of Durham wins, Surbiton won 5-2 in an entertaining game at Oxted to trail leaders Old Georgians, only on goal difference with both teams having won their first three games.
Hampstead & Westminster are also on maximum points after three matches, with Wimbledon again on nine points but having lost their opening game against Hampstead.
On Sunday, Old Georgians visit Holcombe; Hampstead go to Beeston; Wimbledon host the University of Durham and the University of Exeter are at Oxted.