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L1 Beat Horsham To Stay on Top – 18th Feb

A goal in each half enabled Surbiton Ladies to resume their Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference East season with a 2-0 home win over Horsham, and maintain their two point lead over St. Albans at the top of the table.
In wet conditions, Surbiton dominated the first half, but Horsham’s determined defence made it difficult for the home forwards to create scoring chances.

After Chloe Strong had been thwarted twice from penalty corners, it was third time lucky in the eighteenth minute as a first time strike rebounded off the backboard. And four minutes before the interval, following Strong’s attacking run, Surbiton were initially awarded a penalty stroke, only for the decision to be amended to a penalty corner following an umpires’ consultation. Although Surbiton tried to outwit the Horsham defence by manoeuvring the ball to Elen Mumford, Horsham successfully defended.

Surbiton had more chances to score in the second half, but Horsham’s goalkeeper, Hannah Simpson, who had kept a clean sheet last season to earn the visitors a point, made fine saves from Stephanie Addison in the first half; and both Amy, and Vicky Bryant, in the second half; but could do nothing to prevent Vicky Bryant doubling the lead in the 44th minute, following an attack from the right.

Horsham tried to pull a goal back but both Kate Holmes and Becky Merchant defended well in the 23 metre area, with Merchant also denying Horsham’s forwards in the circle.

Although Abi Robinson and Sandra Frankland threatened, Horsham were comfortable in defence, Surbiton having to be content with a 2-0 victory.

St. Albans kept up the pressure on the leaders with a 2-1 win at Chelmsford, Kerri Lendon and Samantha Archer establishing a 2-0 lead before Loren Sherer replied with just two minutes remaining.  Sevenoaks stay third after Jet Van Zalen scored the only goal of the game against Ipswich.

Sevenoaks are Surbiton’s opponents in the Investec Women’s Cup quarter-final at Holly Bush Lane (push back 2pm). Surbiton will be aiming to keep their hopes alive of a second successive cup final appearance, which this year would be in Nottingham.
Colin Pike

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