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Report L1XI v Surbiton

Congratulations to our L1XI on their performances over the weekend at the Investec Women's Hockey League Finals. Two goals in Q4 on Saturday stunned East Grinstead to set-up the Final against Surbiton on Sunday. An impressive Surbiton outfit remained Champions for the fifth year in a row, but the results backed up our second spot overall in the domestic league and secured European hockey in 2019. Well done to our #incredibleholcs

Many thanks Jon Rye (Chairman)

 

Surbiton 3 (Page 8 (FG), Pearne-Webb 10 (PC), Middleton 26 (PC))
Holcombe 1 (McEwan 35 (FG))


Surbiton started on the front foot and imposed themselves on the game from the off. 

With just eight minutes gone, Beckie Middleton did very well to shape the ball into the D, and Sarah Page produced a lovely touch on the dropping ball to poke over Rose Thomas for 1-0.

And just two minutes later, Surbiton had what proved to be an unassailable lead, winning a Penalty Corner that was crashed home by the imperious Hollie Pearne-Webb. Normally known for her defensive capabilities, the Rio gold medalist this time showed her prowess in the opposition D.

Holcombe were pushing to gain a foothold in the game, but found opportunities limited, and their chances of finding momentum in the game were not helped by a couple of stoppages for injuries.

With only a few minutes of the half remaining, the reigning Champions had a third, this time Middleton the goalscorer instead of provider. Again it came from a Penalty Corner, Middleton diverting home from close range to make it 3-0 on 26 minutes.

Three goals down at the interval, Holcombe could have been forgiven if they let heads drop, but it was quite the contrary as they maintained their focus on getting back into the match. And only five minutes after the break, they capitalised on a loose pass, Heather McEwan afforded a little too much time and space as she shot home at the near post.

Holcombe were giving everything to close the gap further, but found Surbiton just too strong. With three Olympic gold-medal winning athletes and another four Commonwealth Games medalists in their ranks, Surbiton were able to control the game.

They almost added a fourth on the break; Jo Hunter among those going close, and the game came to a calm conclusion as Surbiton rightly celebrated their achievements.

Original report from England Hockey