Monday, December 11, 2023

England Hockey round-up: Wimbledon put pressure on top spots

Wimbledon, the only side left unbeaten in the top flight, scored a fine 2-1 victory over Surbiton to close the gap at the top of the Women’s Premier Division to one point.

Surbiton hadn’t lost away from home for two and a half years but goals from Meg Crowson and Fiona Burnet handed Wimbledon victory, either side of a Darcy Bourne goal.

Clifton Robinsons put up a fine defensive display as they drew 1-1 with East Grinstead. Tess Howard scored for the visitors before Izzy Webb levelled for the Bristol side. A win would have put Clifton level on points at the summit.

Meanwhile, University of Nottingham thrashed luckless Buckingham 8-3. Reading also got their first win of the season, courtesy of a 4-1 win over University of Birmingham.

Surbiton continued to stay top of the Men’s Premier Division thanks to a 4-0 away win at the University of Exeter, Luke Taylor, Tom Sorsby, Stuart Rushmere and James Gall with the goals on the road.

Rivals Old Georgians and Wimbledon also notched wins to keep the pressure on Surbiton, the champions ousting Oxted 6-2 – Sam Ward notching another double – while the Londoners were indebted to Liam Ansell’s goal to squeeze past Reading.

Hampstead & Westminster continued their home record over Brooklands Manchester University with a 7-1 win. Will Calnan and Sam French both scored braces.

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