M1 Win 6-1 At University of Durham
By Colin Pike
Surbiton Men are the only team with a one hundred per cent record in the Men's Hockey League Premier Division following their 6-1 win at the University of Durham on Sunday afternoon.
Surbiton hold a two point lead over both East Grinstead and Wimbledon. Wimbledon won 2-1 at Holcombe on Saturday night and East Grinstead were held to a 2-2 home draw by Brooklands Manchester University on Sunday afternoon.
The University of Durham had lost 8-0 at Old Georgians on their top flight debut, but in their first ever Premier Division match on home turf, they held out until the 14th minute when Arjan Drayton Chana scored from open play.
However, Durham's historic moment arrived three minutes later when they scored their first ever top division goal from the penalty spot, Max Borrman beating Harry Gibson.
Surbiton led 2-1 at the interval, Luke Taylor restoring the visitors lead with a trademark penalty corner before as at Beeston the week before, Surbiton pulled away in the second half.
Ben Boon scored twice in the 43rd and 55th minutes from open play with Tom Sorsby scoring Surbiton's fifth and 1,400th Premier Division goal by rounding former Surbiton goalkeeper, Jack Tranter in the 59th minute.
Taylor scored Surbiton's sixth goal two minutes from time to give them their third win of the season.
Former Surbiton player, Ben Park captained Durham on this historic occasion.
Holcombe are fourth following Saturday's defeat with Old Georgians and Hampstead & Westminster behind them on four points after teams drew 1-1 at Sonning Lane as Paddington Recreation Ground is unavailable.
In the bottom of the table clash, Oxted beat the University of Exeter 2-0 at Oxted School.
Beeston did not play.
Next weekend, Surbiton have a men's/ women's double header against East Grinstead with Surbiton Ladies playing at 4pm followed by the Men at 6pm*.
*Pre-registration will be required to watch these games at SHC. Please check the website for details in the next day.