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Surbiton HC News

BIG WEEKEND FOR L1

After being frustrated by the weather for the last two weekends, Surbiton Ladies are poised to resume their campaign to win promotion to the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division; and aim for a second successive appearance in the Investec Women’s Cup Final.

On Saturday (18 Feb), Horsham are the visitors to Sugden Road (push back 2 pm) for a Conference East match. Horsham have experienced mixed fortunes this season, with a very successful indoor season which has seen them promoted to the Maxifuel Super Sixes Division One, after winning first Division Two South, and then Division Two National (with Surbiton runners-up on both occasions).  However, Horsham have struggled with outdoor hockey this season, finding themselves at the bottom of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference East with only four points to show from their first ten matches.  Their sole win came from a 2-0 home win over Harleston Magpies in November, a week after they forced a 1-1 draw at St. Albans, proving that Surbiton cannot afford to underestimate them.

Only Zephanie Hardy has scored more than one goal for theWest Sussex side this season, and even Fran Crossley, who was prolific last season, has only been able to muster one goal.  Horsham have scored a total of nine league goals, (Harleston Magpies, Old Loughtonians and Maidstone have all scored fewer), but their defence is currently the most generous in the league, having given away 26 goals, of which eleven came in two home matches: 6-1 against Sevenoaks and 5-0 against Surbiton.  Back in October, Chloe Strong and Vicky Bryant both helped themselves to a brace each at Broadbridge Heath Astro, with Abi Robinson also chipping in.

On Sunday, Surbiton make the trip toHolly Bush Lane for their Women’s Cup quarter-final at Sevenoaks (push back 2 pm).  Surbiton will be playing their first cup tie away from Sugden Road after coming past Southgate (6-0) and Oxford Hawks (4-1) on their way to the last eight; whilst Sevenoaks beat Woking 8-3, and Maidstone 3-0, also both in home matches.  Abi Robinson scored the only goal of the game on the first day of the league season (17 September), and Surbiton are due to return to Sevenoaks on the last day of the season (24 March).

 

Colin Pike

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