Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Euro Hockey League: Surbiton men in fine fettle to beat Saint Germain

Surbiton men are one game away from their first ever Final4 appearance at the Euro Hockey League after a resounding performance to open this year’s continental festival of hockey.

Surbiton were great value for their 7-2 win over French outfit Saint Germain in what proved to be their biggest EHL win as they moved into the last eight.

Two stinging first quarter goals from Luke Taylor, the first inside 50 seconds, laid the foundations and they were 5-0 up at half-time during an open, turnover led first 30 minutes at the Wagener Stadium.

Tom Sorsby proved to be a constant attacking menace, while there were goals for Ben Boon, James Gall and David Goodfield, finishing off a superb interchange from Boon.

Saint Germain rallied after the break, but Surbiton soon sucked up any further threats – despite Alban Semenol’s goal – as Jack Middleton and a second from Boon handed Mark Pearn’s side a further shot in the arm from their recent Premier Division performances.

Surbiton now play KHC Dragons on Friday in what will be a big day for the club.

Brett Garrard’s women’s side are also kickstarting their EHL women’s bid against Gantoise, the Belgian champions, on Good Friday.

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