M1 Visit Oxted On Sunday
By Colin Pike
After beating Holcombe 6-4 in a ten goal thriller in the Men's Hockey League Premier Division last Sunday, Surbiton Men go back to Oxted School on Sunday (2 pm).
When Surbiton visited Oxted last season, Oxted won 1-0 in what turned out to be the last league match of the 2020-21 season for both teams.
Oxted's scorer, Tim Guise-Brown, faced Surbiton in Holcombe colours last week, but Oxted have another penalty corner specialist, Owen Williamson, who scored both goals in Oxted's 2-1 win at local rivals, East Grinstead last week.
Surbiton have penalty corner specialists of their own, Gareth Furlong, who has returned to Sugden Road from Tilburg and Luke Taylor, and both were on target last weekend, with Taylor scoring a second goal from the penalty spot as Surbiton turned round a 4-3 deficit in the fourth quarter.
Oxted won promotion from Division One South in the 2019-20 season, with the last round of matches being cancelled. Unable to play the Division One North champions or potentially the ninth placed finisher in the Premier Division, Oxted were automatically promoted to an extended 11 team division.
With last season severely truncated, the teams are trying again in 2021-22.
Surbiton met Oxted twice in the EH Men's Cup, needing penalties in the 2007-08 season at Oxted School to progress. The more recent meeting was in 2012-13 at Sugden Road, where a place in the cup final was at stake. Surbiton won 6-1 to earn a place in the final against Hampstead & Westminster in Wakefield.
Surbiton won 3-1 to lift the EH Men's Cup.
Elsewhere on the second weekend, Beeston, who lost 4-0 at Old Georgians in their first match, host Wimbledon, defeated 3-2 at home by Hampstead & Westminster.
The University of Exeter get their season underway after a first week bye and make the long trip to Brooklands Manchester University, who suffered an opening defeat, 2-1 at the University of Durham.
Hampstead & Westminster are at home to East Grinstead and Holcombe welcome the University of Durham to Kent.
Old Georgians are the team without a fixture this week.