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M1 Lift Themselves Out Of The Indoors Relegation Zone

Surbiton Men are seventh of nine teams in the Hockey 5s Championships Premier Division after the first weekend at St. George’s Park, Burton on Trent.
Having lost their first two matches on Saturday, 6-5 to Bowdon and 8-6 to Holcombe; Surbiton lost their first match on Sunday, 5-1 against Canterbury, after a goalless first half. Lewis Prosser equalised for Surbiton eight minutes after half time following Canterbury’s opener, but four goals in six minutes ensured that Surbiton remained pointless with one match remaining in 2014.
Surbiton showed their battling qualities in their final match against Team Bath Buccaneers, recovering from a 3-1 half time deficit to run out 8-5 winners, Chris Grassick scoring four goals; coach Rob Schilling netting a hat-trick and Will Calnan also getting on the scoresheet. With six minutes left, Bath led 5-4, but Surbiton scored four goals in five minutes to lift themselves above both Reading and Holcombe, who … read more

M1 Start With Two Losses At St. George’s Park

SURBITON Men’s hopes of a Wembley appearance were dimmed by two losses in their first two fixtures at the FA’s St George’s Park sports hall, Burton-upon-Trent, in this season’s Hockey 5s Championships Premier Division on Saturday (13 December).
Bowdon caused them problems in the first fixture (2.30pm) by coming back from 4-2 down at half time to win 6-5. Leon Bernstein, one of two German imports from UHC Hamburg in their squad, scored twice.
After a 12-2 hammering by hundred-per-cent end-of-the-day joint leaders Canterbury (Surbiton’s opponents at 10am, on Sunday 14) in the morning, Holcombe ran out 8-6 winners over Surbiton in the final fixture (6.30pm) to lie sixth on goal difference.
Although Surbiton are eighth in the nine-team table, above Reading only by a three-better negative goal difference, at least Chris Grassick is joint second in the scoring chart with five open-play goals.
Surbiton’s second opponents tomorrow (3pm) are Team Bath Buccaneers, who … read more

M1 Go Indoor This Weekend

Surbiton Men commence their indoor season this weekend at the FA’s state-of-the-art St George’s Park national training centre in Burton-upon-Trent.
They return to its sports hall for the first of two weekends of four fixtures apiece having regained Premier Division status as hundred per cent winners of Indoor Division One at Bristol last season.
This Saturday (13 December) they play Bowdon at 2.30pm and Holcombe at 6.30pm and the next day (Sunday 14 December) Canterbury at 10am and fellow promoted side Team Bath Buccaneers at 3pm. At the winter break Canterbury lie tenth and last in the outdoor premier division in which Surbiton are second; while Bowdon, Holcombe and Team Bath are coincidentally all leaders of their respective one-tier lower Conferences North, East and West.
The second weekend is on 3/4 January 2015 when Surbiton meet current champions East Grinstead, Sevenoaks (who they beat 6-4 in a friendly at Trinity School Croydon last Thursday, … read more

England Finish Fifth At Champions Trophy After Shootout Drama

England’s women finished fifth at the Champions Trophy in Mendoza, Argentina, after beating China 3-2 in a shootout following a 1-1 draw in normal time.
England took the lead in the 14th minute, Slough’s Shona McCallin finishing off Canterbury’s Susannah Townsend’s pass. Chinese captain, Quixia Cui levelled from open play in the 42nd minute. Neither side seemed able to raise their game enough to find the winner in normal time, so a shuttle shootout was needed.
England went first, Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg seeing her effort saved by goalkeeper, Dongxiao Li. Yang Peng was initially thwarted by Holcombe’s Maddie Hinch, who gave away a penalty stroke for bringing Peng down, only for Hinch to dive to her right to save the stroke.
Holcombe’s Laura Unsworth broke the deadlock with England’s second effort, Meiyu Liang unable to level after Hinch slapped the ball away.
Reading’s Susie Gilbert’s shot went wide right of Li’s pads, before captain Cui … read more

Webb And Haycroft Help England To Win Over Japan

England will play China for fifth place in the Champions Trophy on Sunday after beating Japan 3-1 on Saturday. China drew 0-0 with Germany, but won 5-4 after a penalty shootout which went to sudden death. Germany will play Japan for seventh place.
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb put England ahead in the eleventh minute, from a penalty corner. Two minutes  before half time, Sarah Haycroft’s excellent long run culminated with a pass from the right, which former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray, now with East Grinstead, deflected past Japan goalkeeper, Sakiyo Asano to double England’s lead.

Surbiton’s Hollie Webb celebrates England’s first goal versus Japan. Photo: World Sport Pics.
Japan fought back in the third quarter, pulling a goal back in the 42nd minute thanks to Akane Shibata. Giselle Ansley was sent to the sin-bin after being shown a green card, and nine seconds later, a long ball found Shibata in space on the left … read more

Black Sticks End England’s Champions Trophy Hopes

New Zealand beat England 3-1 in the third scheduled Champions Trophy quarter-final in Mendoza, Argentina on Thursday. England will now aim to finish fifth, starting with a match against Japan on Saturday (push back time to be confirmed).
Surbiton’s Hollie Webb won her 50th England cap against the Black Sticks, an honour shared with goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch.
On a hot day, New Zealand took the lead in the eleventh minute, Rose Keddell finishing the Black Sticks’ fourth penalty corner. England were level in the 13th minute, Holcombe’s Laura Unsworth smashing the ball against the backboard from the team’s only penalty corner of the match.
New Zealand regained the lead in the 23rd minute, Anita Punt’s shot deflected high into the roof of the net off England and Slough defender, Shona McCallin’s stick from the Kiwis’ sixth penalty corner.
England had goalkeeper Hinch to thank for making several saves, but even she was helpless to … read more

All Five L1 Players Meet Up In Eng-NZ Quarter Final Tonight

All five of Surbiton Ladies’ players at the Champions Trophy will meet in tonight’s quarter-final when England take on New Zealand at 9 pm GMT.
England’s Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb will be reunited with New Zealand’s Julia King in the first quarter-final, although the schedule has been altered to allow it to be the third match of the day.
The Netherlands play Germany at 4 pm; Australia face Japan at 6.30 pm; England versus New Zealand is at 9 pm; and hosts, Argentina come up against China in the final match of the day.
With the Netherlands surprisingly only coming second in Pool A, if the quarter-finals go to form, the Dutch will meet Argentina in Saturday’s semi-final, rather than Australia, who would have a Southern Hemisphere local derby against New Zealand. England will do all they can do to upset the rankings, being ranked sixth, compared with the … read more

Double Success For SHC At Surrey Sports Awards

Having recently had its achievements recognised by Elmbridge Council, at the Elmbridge Sports Awards, Surbiton Hockey Club took further plaudits at the Surrey Sports Awards held at Kempton Park on 2 December.
Brett Garrard deservedly won the Active Surrey Coach of the Year Award for taking the Ladies 1stXI out of the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League, into the Investec Women’s Hockey League, winning promotion from the Conference East at the second attempt, and lifting the Premier Division title, also at the second attempt. Garrard has also taken the team to three Investec Women’s Cup finals, tasting success at the third attempt to complete the league and cup double last season The team are currently sitting pretty atop the IWHL Premier Division as the season enters its Christmas break, and are still defending their cup title. Next Easter they will play for the first time in the EuroHockey Clubs Champions Cup.
These … read more

Twigg’s 100th Combined Cap Spoilt By Argentinian Comeback

Argentina came from behind to beat England 4-1 and consign them to fourth and last place in Pool B, on the day that Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg won her 100th combined (England and Great Britain) cap.
Twigg received flowers from England Hockey’s Chief Executive, Sally Munday, just before the match to celebrate her 71st England cap, to go with the 29 she has won for Great Britain.
Former Surbiton player, Sophie Bray, now with East Grinstead, had finished Sunday’s match versus Germany on crutches after being caught on the ankle with a stick; but it was Bray who put England ahead in the seventh minute after an excellent through ball from Canerbury’s Susannah Townsend.
Clifton’s Joie Leigh could have opened the scoring earlier, but her miss proved to be the first of several chances that England failed to take, which they lived to regret later in the match.
Carla Rebecchi levelled for Las Leonas  in … read more

England Draw 1-1 With Germany At Champions Trophy

England earned their first point at the Champions Trophy in Mendoza, Argentina, coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Germany in their second Pool B game.
Germany took the lead in the 22nd minute when Kristina Hillman moved from the left side of the goal to touch an air bound ball over the goal-line from close range.
The equaliser came in the 40th minute when St. Albans’ Ellie Watton scored with a shot which deflected off German defender Hannah Gablac’s stick, whilst Gablac was challenged by the University of Birmingham’s Lily Owsley.
With three minutes to play, England referred a decision expecting a penalty corner to be awarded, only for a penalty stroke to be awarded after a goal was judged to have been blocked by a German’s defender knee. Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg stepped up, but German goalkeeper, Kristina Reynolds kick saved Twigg’s stroke, the shot aimed slightly right of centre of the … read more

M1 Also Win 2-0 At Reading

Surbiton Men emulated Surbiton Ladies by coming away from Sonning Lane with all three points after a 2-0 win against Reading on Sunday afternoon.
With East Grinstead having been held to a 2-2 draw by Hampstead & Westminster on Saturday, Surbiton closed to within one point of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division leaders.
Just as in the ladies’ game, the scoreline was goalless at half time, but in the 39th minute, Matt Daly’s drag-flick gave Surbiton the lead.
With seven minutes left, Alan Forsyth scored from open play to ensure that Surbiton Men completed the league double, having won 3-1 at Sugden Road on the opening day of the season.
Surbiton resume in 2015 with a home doubleheader, against East Grinstead in the NPMHL Premier Division on 7 February, and a NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup tie against Beeston on the following day.
Before then, Surbiton will return to the Indoor Hockey 5s Premier … read more

L1 Win 2-0 At Reading To Keep Three Point Lead

Surbiton Ladies will go into 2015 with their three point lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division intact after a 2-0 win over Reading at Sonning Lane on Sunday afternoon.
Surbiton took a fifteen player squad to Berkshire, recalling youngster, Eloise Stenner and Vanessa Roberts after Lottie Ross was ruled out due to injury. Reading had several experienced players in their squad with Kate Richardson-Walsh, Emma Thomas, Emily Maguire and Abi Harper all selected.
Georgie Blackwood, who scored a hat-trick on her Reading debut at Beeston last week, blazed the ball over the bar in the sixth minute as the home team aimed to rise from their seventh place in the league. Surbiton forced two penalty corners, with Natalie Maclean, who scored the winning goal at Canterbury last week, adjudged to have shot too high on both occasions.
Rebecca Herbert caused problems for the Reading defence, but home … read more

Hockeyroos Hand England Opening Champions Trophy Defeat

England lost 2-1 to Australia on Saturday in their opening Champions Trophy match in Mendoza, Argentina, having lost their captain, Reading’s Alex Danson to injury early in the match.
Danson collided with Australia’s Alex Flanagan, and having apparently banged her head, walked off the pitch to be assessed on the bench for concussion. The start of the second quarter was delayed whilst Danson was placed on a stretcher, with a neck brace fitted as a precaution. Fortunately, Danson was given the all clear and was released from hospital to rejoin her teammates.
Australia had taken a sixth minute lead, Jodie Kenny opening the scoring from a penalty corner. After Danson’s injury, Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg took over the captaincy on an evening when both teams wore black armbands as a mark of respect to Australian cricketer, Phil Hughes, who sadly died after being struck by a ball during a Sheffield Shield match at … read more

L1 & M1 Doubleheader at Reading On Sunday

Both Surbiton Ladies and Surbiton Men play their last outdoor fixtures of 2014 at Sonning Lane, Reading on Sunday as part of a national league doubleheader. Surbiton Ladies play their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division match at 12.30 pm, with Surbiton men playing their NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division match at 2.30 pm.
Surbiton Ladies will go into Sunday’s match level on points with Clifton, who completed a league double over Holcombe, winning 4-1 in Kent. Holcombe dropped to sixth, the University of Birmingham winning 4-1 at Bowdon Hightown to move up to fourth; and Leicester moving up to fifth thanks to their 1-0 win at Buckingham. Bowdon Hightown stay two points behind eighth placed Buckingham as a result. Canterbury temporarily moved up to second after their 4-0 home win over Beeston, before Clifton overtook them again.
On Sunday, Surbiton will be without their five international players (Giselle Ansley, … read more

Women’s Champions Trophy Starts On Saturday

The Women’s Champions Trophy starts on Saturday in Mendoza, Argentina, and all the games will be shown live on Sky Sports.
Surbiton will have five players taking part, with Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb all in the England squad, and Julia King playing for New Zealand.
Argentina are the reigning champions and qualified also as the 2014 hosts. The top five teams in the 2012 tournament all qualified for this year’s competition, England qualifying as a result of Great Britain’s runners-up spot in 2012. The Netherlands, Germany and Japan were third, fourth and fifth respectively, with Australia qualifying after winning the Champions Challenge I. New Zealand and China, having been unable to qualify by the above routes, were both invited to take part.
England (World Ranking 6) start against Australia (WR 2) on Saturday (push back 7.30 pm GMT) in the first of three Pool B matches. Twenty-four hours later on … read more

Sarah & Twiggy Interview Now On Sky Sports Website

Sky Sports caught up with Surbiton’s Sarah Haycroft and Georgie Twigg while they were preparing to leave for Argentina, to play for England in the Champions Trophy. The interview was shown in the Sportswomen programme on Sky Sports News HQ on Tuesday morning
If you missed it, the video is available at: http://www1.skysports.com/watch/video/9579039/hockey-duo-set-for-argentina
Colin Pike

M1 Win 6-2 In Eventful Match At Canterbury

Surbiton’s men came from 2-0 down after just seven minutes to win 6-2 in an eventful match at Polo Farm on Saturday evening, in which the final scoreline also referred to the number of yellow cards shown to each team.
Surbiton had won the first NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division match at Sugden Road, 5-4 after having to battle. After seven minutes, Canterbury once again were in control, leading 2-0 after Kwan Browne and Ben Hare scored in the fifth and seventh minutes, both goals coming from open play.
The card fest started in the 19th minute, when Michael Watt spent five minutes in the sin-bin. Yet three minutes later, Surbiton were back in the match, Alan Forsyth converting a penalty corner. Six minutes before half time, Matt Daly brought Surbiton level, again from a penalty corner, leaving all to play for in the second half, but not before Daly … read more

Maclean PC Gives L1 Well Deserved 1-0 Win At Canterbury

Surbiton Ladies are still three points clear at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after Natalie Maclean struck from a penalty corner in the 41st minute to give Surbiton a 1-0 win over Canterbury on Saturday afternoon at Polo Farm.
Surbiton, were without their England internationals, Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb, who were due to fly out to Argentina on Saturday night for the upcoming Champions Trophy, plus Julia King, who will play for New Zealand at the Champions Trophy, Abi Robinson, who was unavailable, and Harriet Tibble, through injury.  In Haycroft’s absence, Rebecca Herbert took over the captain’s armband, as she had previously in the cup matches at Hampstead & Westminster and Holcombe.
In spite of missing several key players, Surbiton fought hard to secure all three points, at one point in the first half having to cope without a goalkeeper for two … read more

L1/ M1 Doubleheader at Canterbury on Saturday

Surbiton supporters will have the opportunity to watch both first teams in action on Saturday at Canterbury as both the Investec Women’s Hockey League and the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League enter the second half of the season.
And both teams would seemingly have different tasks with Surbiton Ladies three points ahead of their hosts in the IWHL Premier Division  for the 4.30 push back at Polo Farm, whilst Surbiton’s men will be hoping to bounce back from last Saturday’s disappointing 4-1 home defeat by Wimbledon by completing the double over the bottom team in the NPMHL Premier Division at 6.30 pm.
Sarah Haycroft scored both goals in the Ladies’ 2-1 home win over Canterbury just over a month ago, but she will miss the return fixture together with England colleagues Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb, plus New Zealand’s Julia King, as they will all be preparing for the Champions Trophy … read more

Four L1 Players Selected For England In Champions Trophy

Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb have all been selected to play for England in the Champions Trophy in Mendoza, Argentina from 29 November to 7 December.
England have been drawn in Pool B, and will take on Australia, Germany and the hosts Argentina.
Surbiton have the most players in the squad, closely followed by Holcombe, with three.
Head Coach, Danny Kerry said: “The group we have chosen reflects those who have pushed their case hard during the training block since September. As a result we’ve given some opportunities to a number of players who are relatively inexperienced at this level. The block of training since September has been really focused and has produced excellent commitment from each one of the athletes. We have pushed the group exceptionally hard during this time and they have responded well to that environment.”
Referring to Haycroft’s recall to the squad, Kerry added: ““Joie Leigh, … read more

M1 At Home To Beeston In Cup QF

Surbiton men have been given a home draw against NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division rivals, Beeston in the NOW: Pensions Cup on 8 February.
Surbiton v Beeston was the first tie drawn out, and the remaining ties see Conference East club Chichester Priory Park host Premier Division Brooklands Manchester University; another all Premier Division clash between Southgate and Reading; and Cannock host Conference North club Sheffield Hallam.
Surbiton were due to play East Grinstead in the NPMHL Premier Division on 8 February, the match will now be played the day before (7 February), push back time to be confirmed as Surbiton Ladies are due to play Leicester in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division at 2 pm.
Colin Pike

Woolven’s Treble Helps L1 Hit Bowdon Hightown For Six

Jenna Woolven’s hat-trick, together with goals by Rebecca Herbert, Sarah Page and Natalie Maclean gave Surbiton Ladies a 6-0 home win over Bowdon Hightown, on a rainy afternoon under the Sugden Road floodlights.
With rivals, Canterbury and Clifton both winning, 2-1 at Leicester, and 3-0 at home to Holcombe respectively, Surbiton kept their three point lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, as well as their fifth clean sheet of the season, and now share the best defensive record in the IWHL after Slough were held to a 1-1 draw at Gloucester City in the Conference West.
Bowdon will be looking over their shoulders as Buckingham drew 2-2 at Beeston and are now only a point behind the North West club as they try and avoid having to play in the end of the season Promotion Tournament to stay in the top flight. Reading’s woes continued as … read more

M1 Drop To Second After Wimbledon Stun The Leaders

Surbiton’s men dropped to second place in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division after local rivals, Wimbledon came from a goal down to win 4-1 under the Sugden Road floodlights on Saturday to stun the league leaders in front of a large crowd.
With mist mildly threatening to affect visibility, Surbiton took the lead in the 15th minute, when the Premier Division’s leading goalscorer, Matt Daly, converted his ninth penalty corner goal of the season, and fourteenth overall,  to give the Elmbridge based club hope of keeping up the pressure on East Grinstead at the top of the table.
Wimbledon had other ideas, all of their four goals coming from open play, Phillip Ball equalising in the 28th minute to leave the teams level at half time.
In the second half, Wimbledon breached the Surbiton defence three times, Phil Roper giving Wimbledon the lead for the first time, just five minutes after the … read more

L1 Host Bowdon Hightown on Sunday

Surbiton Ladies play their last home game of 2014 on Sunday (16 November) when they host Bowdon Hightown at Sugden Road (push back 2 pm).
Surbiton lead the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division by three points, but cannot afford to take eighth placed Bowdon Hightown lightly, even though their opponents have only taken five points from their first eight league games.
Bowdon’s sole win came against bottom club, Beeston on the second weekend of the season, Tina Cullen scoring twice, with Kelly Baxter also on target. Draws at the University of Birmingham and at home to Leicester have kept them two points ahead of ninth placed Buckingham, but having already lost 3-1 at Stowe School, the return fixture in the North West on 7 March could determine whether Bowdon have to defend their top flight status via the end of season Promotion Tournament.
Holly Hunt scored the goal at Buckingham, with Natalie Wray … read more

M1 Host Wimbledon On Sat. In London Derby

Surbiton Hockey Club will be hoping for a big crowd at Sugden Road on Saturday afternoon, when local rivals Wimbledon visit the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division leaders for a London derby (push back 4.30 pm).
Surbiton returned to the top of the table thanks to three late goals at Cannock last Sunday, the 6-1 win lifting them above East Grinstead, who won 3-2 at Beeston, on goal difference.
Wimbledon lost their first two league games, at Hampstead and at home to Beeston, but have only lost one match since, a 2-0 home defeat to Reading, the result standing after a floodlight failure caused the match to be abandoned. Wimbledon inflicted East Grinstead’s only defeat of the season,4-1 in West Sussex at the end of October.
Wimbledon’s away form has been better than their home form, as they have also won at Southgate (3-2) and  Cannock (4-2), whreras at home, they lost their … read more

M1 Back On Top Of NPMHL Premier After 6-1 Win At Cannock

Surbiton’s men returned to the top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on goal difference after their 6-1 win at Cannock, whilst East Grinstead won 3-2 at Beeston on Sunday afternoon. Both teams have 21 points, but Surbiton have  a plus 18 goal difference compared with East Grinstead’s plus 16.
Surbiton led 1-0 at half time in Staffordshire, Rupert Shipperley scoring from open play in the 29th minute. Three minutes into the second half, Shipperley was on target again to double Surbiton’s lead. Chris Grassick gave Surbiton a three goal advantage in the 44th minute, before Peter Jackson pulled a goal back for Cannock from a penalty corner two minutes later.
With seven minutes remaining, Surbiton still led 3-1, but Cannock’s defence crumbled three times in the final minutes with Grassick, Alan Forsyth, and Matt Daly all scoring from open play in the 63rd, 67th and 69th minutes remaining.
East … read more

L1 Win 3-1 At Holcombe To Earn Home Cup QF v Oxford Hawks

Surbiton Ladies won 3-1 at Holcombe on Sunday afternoon to earn an Investec Women’s Cup quarter-final tie at home to IWHL Conference West club, Oxford Hawks on 15 February. The teams last met in the Investec Women’s Cup in November 2011, when Chloe Palmer scored all four goals in Surbiton’s 4-1 win at Sugden Road in a third round tie.
At Holcombe Park on Sunday, Both teams were devoid of their international players, Surbiton giving first team debuts to youngsters Ellie De Heer and Lottie Ross.
Surbiton forced a penalty corner within 20 seconds of the start, Julia King thwarted by the home defence, and then shooting wide from the team’s second award in the second minute.
Emmie Le Marchand opened the scoring in the eighth minute, perfectly positioned to tip the ball past Holcombe goalkeeper, Alice Trill. Two minutes later, King was denied again as Trill made a double save from Surbiton’s third penalty corner, … read more

L1 Beat Buckingham 5-0 To Keep Three Point Lead

Surbiton Ladies’ penalty corner routine paid dividends on Saturday afternoon as four of their five goals against Buckingham came from set pieces. The 5-0 win kept Surbiton three points ahead of both Canterbury and Clifton, who both won, with Holcombe, a further point back also winning with the top four teams starting to pull away in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division.
On a dull day, with the floodlights needed from the start, Surbiton needed time to settle down, but took the lead in the 16th minute, when Georgie Twigg found the backboard from open play with her third league goal of the season. The goal was also Surbiton’s 200th goal in five seasons of national league hockey.
Surbiton forced eight penalty corners in the first half, with Jo Hunter particularly unlucky not to score, as her shot contrived to rebound off the right post. Surbiton’s second goal came in the 24th … read more

M1 Visit Cannock On Sunday

Surbiton’s men could return to the top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division if they beat eighth placed Cannock on Sunday (push back 2 pm at the Morris Ground); and East Grinstead fail to win at third placed Beeston.
Surbiton were deposed last weekend when East Grinstead returned to the summit, finally breaking through a resolute Southgate defence to score four second half goals, and win their game in hand, 4-0 in West Sussex.
Cannock are currently four points above Canterbury, who are in ninth place, and on course to defend their top flight status against the three Conference champions at the Promotion Tournament. In addition, Cannock had a point deducted for fielding an ineligible player earlier in the season, otherwise they would be in sixth place, having leapfrogged both Hampstead & Westminster and Southgate.
Cannock lost 4-3 at home to East Grinstead on the opening day of the season, then … read more

L1 Face League and Cup Doubleheader This Weekend

After a week’s break due to the Futures Cup, Surbiton Ladies continue their Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division quest on Saturday when they welcome Buckingham to Sugden Road (push back 2 pm); and on Sunday travel to Holcombe for their third round Investec Women’s Cup tie (also push back 2 pm).
Surbiton lead second placed Canterbury by three points, but can’t afford to take Buckingham likely, although last season’s Conference West champions have struggled in the top flight this season, only winning one game (at home to Bowdon Hightown) in their first seven league games.
Buckingham won promotion at the fourth attempt after just losing out on goal difference twice, but although they have current international, Zoe Shipperley in their squad, have found life tough in the Premier Division, although their only heavy defeat came at the hands of Holcombe, who won 6-0 on 18 October. Buckingham lost 1-0 at Clifton … read more

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