M1 Win 3-0 At the University of Durham
By Colin Pike
Surbiton Men needed three goals in the fourth quarter to beat a determined University of Durham team and maintain their one hundred per cent record in the Men's Hockey League Premier Division at Maiden Castle.
With fifteen minutes remaining, Surbiton were heading for their first no-score draw since 30 November 2008 when they drew at East Grinstead.
But amazingly, for the second week running, the University of Durham suffered a fourth quarter collapse, having been 2-0 up at home to Oxted before losing 3-2.
And it was a certain case of deja vu as Surbiton's three goals came exactly at the same time as Oxted had scored seven days earlier.
Rob Farrington opened the scoring in the 56th minute after a penalty corner sped out of the circle and after recovering possession, the ball found its way to Farrington to score his third goal of the season at the left post.
With two minutes remaining, another penalty corner was converted by Ben Park against his previous club with an angled shot into the bottom left corner.
And right at the end of the match, Luke Taylor notched his fifth goal of the campaign with a perfect drag-flick into the net.
Elsewhere, Hampstead & Westminster came from 3-1 down to beat the University of Exeter 4-3 at Paddington Recreation Ground and Beeston earned their first point of the season in a 3-3 thriller at Brooklands Manchester University.
Old Georgians beat East Grinstead 7-0 and Oxted won 6-0 at Wimbledon.
Old Georgians are top of the Premier Division table with nine points and a goal difference of plus 15. Surbiton are second with a goal difference of plus 8; Wimbledon are third with a goal difference of plus 7 and Hampstead & Westminster are fourth with a goal difference of plus 4.
University of Exeter are now bottom having their first three games, but have a game in hand over tenth placed East Grinstead who are a point ahead.