🏑 Sugden Road is the place to be this afternoon to witness Surbiton Hockey Club and Hampstead & Westminster go head-to-head in a Premier League double-header special. Tickets at £5 per person are available on the gate.
12 noon – Surbiton L2s v Bristol Uni
Kicking off proceedings at 12 noon is an Investec Women’s Conference West match between Surbiton 2s and University of Bristol. Surbiton are the league leaders and strong favourites to get the better of a Bristol side who have yet to register a Conference West win so far this season.
2.15pm – Surbiton M1s v Hampstead & Westminster M1s
All eyes will be on the first leg of a Premier League double-header between two powerhouses of English club hockey.
Back in April it was Hampstead & Westminster’s men who won took the 2018/2019 title spoils – an fitting way to celebrate the 125th anniversar of the club – overcoming their Surbiton counterparts in the league final at Lee Valley by 3 goals to 1.
Surbiton M1s will be out for revenge this afternoon, not to mention another win to maintain a perfect start to the 2019/2020 season that has seen the Sugden Road side reel off seven straight league wins – most recently a 4-3 victory at Old Georgians – taking them top of the league in the process.
Reigning champions Hampstead & Westminster’s M1s have not had things all their own way in the new campaign – home defeats to Wimbledon and Old Georgians proving unwelcome – however they remained in fourth place after a 4-1 win at University of Essex last time out and a win today will see them close the gap on Surbiton to just three points.
Ones to watch: Great Britain and Scotland international Alan Forsyth has been in superb form this season. A hat-trick for GB helping to see off Malaysia in the recent Olympic qualifier which he followed up with a double for Surbiton on domestic duties in their win last weekend against Old Georgians. Not to be outdone Hampstead’s Matt Guise Brown netted twice for Hampstead in their win over University of Exeter last time out, as he did in the league final between Surbiton and Hampstead last April. It could come down to a Forsyth v Guise Brown shootout this afternoon to decide which team has the winning feeling at the final whistle.
4.30pm – Surbiton L1s v Hampstead & Westminster l1s
Part two of the Surbiton v Hampstead & Westminster special is a showdown between first and second in the Investec Women’s Premier Division.
Surbiton L1s are the current champions after a 1-0 win over Holcombe in April’s final earned them a sixth straight league title. The chase is now on for a magnificent seven and the ominous news for their rivals is that Surbiton are on course for just that, rattling off eight wins from 8 matches to top the table with 24 points.
Newly-promoted Hampstead L1s have impressed many with their performance in the top tier and have maintained a dogged pursuit of their Sugden Road rivals, currently five points adrift on 19 points with six wins to their name. But this afternoon is an acid test for the team from Paddington Rec team who face a Surbiton side stacked with internationals.
Ones to watch: Hampstead’s Joie Leigh is the league’s leading scorer with seven goals and in her first season based at Paddington Rec – having previously been based in Amsterdam and before that at Premier League side Clifton Robinsons – the former Great Britain international has the striking credentials to derail the Surbiton juggernaut if she hits top form today. The hosts have class operators throughout their line-up, none more so than Olympic bronze and gold medallist Georgie Twigg. Twigg may have stepped down from international duties but she remains hugely influential in a Surbiton Hockey Club shirt celebrating over 100 appearances for the club last Saturday with a Player of the Match performance in the 3-2 home win over Buckingham.
🏑 Match timings:-
12 noon – Surbiton Ladies 2s v Bristol Hockey 2s.
2.15pm: Surbiton Men’s 1s v Hampstead and Westminster Men’s 1s
4.30pm: Surbiton Ladies 1s v Hampstead and Westminster Ladies 1s
🎟️ Tickets available on the gate priced: £5 per person.
🚊🚗 Travel tips: Surbiton railway station – accessible from Waterloo and Guildford via South Western Railway services – is the nearest station to Sugden Road. The station is a 25 minute walk to Surbiton Hockey Club and hence a taxi (from the rank at the station) or K3 bus, a 5 minute ride, is recommended. The bus is taken from the ‘NP’ stop a very short walk from the main exit of Surbiton station and on the same side of the road and 50 metres past The Surbiton Flyer pub which is visible to the left as you exit the station. Parking is available on surrounding roads, subject to Saturday restrictions, but not at the club itself.