Surbiton edge past Bees in nine goal thriller

Simon Hujwan stretching to make a save in the Beeston goal. Photo c/o David Kissman

England Hockey Men’s Premier League 

Surbiton 5 – 4 Beeston

29th October, Sugden Road.

Article – England Hockey.

Four goals from Alan Forsyth helped Surbiton overcome title rivals Beeston 5-4 in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

The reigning champions, Surbiton opened up a 4-1 lead early in the second half. Beeston battled back to within one goal in a dramatic final few minutes, but couldn’t catch their rivals.

Forsyth’s first goal of the afternoon came in the second minute, but Beeston pulled level on 24 minutes through a field goal from Lucas Garcia Alcalde.

Lewis Prosser scored for Surbiton on 27 minutes to retake the lead, and Forsyth then made it 3-1 at half time with his second open play goal on 34 minutes.

He added another six minutes after the restart to put his side 4-1 ahead, only for Beeston to score through Mark Gleghorne and Marius Gemmel on 53 and 59 minutes respectively and close the scoreline to 4-3.

Forsyth scored his fourth goal on 64 minutes, and although Beeston had the final word with a 67th minute strike from Sam Ward, it wasn’t quite enough.

Elsewhere, Wimbledon secured their first league win of the season with a 4-3 victory over Holcombe.

Phil Roper, Iain Lewers and Ed Horler helped Wimbledon to a 3-0 lead, only for Holcombe to hit back with Barry Middleton, Richard Lane and Nick Bandurak scoring. But a 57th minute Lewers penalty stroke proved decisive.

Reading came away from Brooklands MU with a 3-2 win, Duncan Riddell, Stuart Loughrey and Richard Mantell scoring their goals while Peter Flanagan and David Flanagan scored for the hosts.

Hampstead and Westminster had a late Michael Watt goal to thank for a 2-2 draw with East Grinstead. Chris Cargo had scored early to put Hampstead ahead, while Chris Griffiths and Simon Faulkner scored for East Grinstead.

And in Saturday evening’s match, Canterbury won 3-2 against Sevenoaks, with Patrick Brookson, Craig Boyne and Nathan McGuire scoring their goals. Ali Taylor and Tom Samuel scored for Sevenoaks.