M1 Win 12-0 At Brooklands To Open Two Point Lead In MHL Premier
By Colin Pike
Surbiton Men thrashed Brooklands Manchester University 12-0 in Sale to open up a two point lead at the top of the Men's Hockey League Premier Division.
Hampstead & Westminster beat St. Albans 12-0 at Paddington Recreation Ground in the then Premier 1 on 23 October 2004, but Surbiton followed up last season's 7-2 triumph in Cheshire with an even bigger margin of victory.
Under overcast skies, Surbiton took the lead in the eighth minute from their second penalty corner, Luke Taylor opening the scoring.
Alan Forsyth doubled Surbiton's lead in the 12th minute and after the floodlights were switched on with the sky darkening, Taylor converted the visitors' third penalty corner at the end of the first quarter.
The threatened heavy rain fell during the second quarter, but it failed to dampen Surbiton's spirits, Tom Sorsby crossing from the right for Forsyth to score his second goal of the match in the 20th minute.
Ben Boon then scored twice in as many minutes, beating Brooklands goalkeeper Robert Turner when facing a one on one situation in the 28th minute and then calmly finishing at the right post a minute later to give Surbiton a 6-0 half time lead.
The mayhem continued in the second half, Taylor clinically completing his hat-trick of penalty corners in the 37th minute, before Rob Farrington made his mark on the scoresheet in the 41st minute.
Forsyth joined Taylor in the hat-trick club in the 45th minute, before going even further by scoring his fourth goal four minutes later as Surbiton went into the fourth quarter with a 10-0 lead.
Sam Spencer spectacularly finished from the right of the circle in the 56th minute and David Goodfield completed the rout with eight minutes to play scoring from just wide of the right post.
Brooklands failed to score from their only penalty corner of the match in the 50th minute as Surbiton completely dominated the game and kept their first clean sheet of the season.
Brooklands failed to score in a Premier Division match for the first time since they lost 3-0 at Holcombe on 11 November 2017, a run of 30 league games.
Old Georgians temporarily went top on Saturday night after being held to a 3-3 draw at home to Wimbledon. Hampstead & Westminster regained their form after last week's home defeat to Old Georgians by winning 6-1 at Holcombe, both English representatives in next week's Euro Hockey League in Barcelona going into the competition in excellent form.
Holcombe dropped to fourth behind Hampstead with Wimbledon fifth. East Grinstead are sixth after Beeston beat them 2-1 in Nottingham to earn their first points of the 2019-20 campaign.
The University of Exeter moved up to eighth after their 3-0 win at Reading, leaving the Berkshire club in ninth, a point ahead of Brooklands.