Surbiton's sinking feeling
4:57pm Friday 11th January 2013 in Sport
Surbiton suffered relegation from the Maxifuel National Super Sixes Indoor Premier Division on Sunday after a four-year stint in the top flight, writes Sean Cotter.
Surbiton started Saturday three points above the bottom two, but lost all four of their weekend games in Burton to Loughborough Students (5-3), Canterbury (10-5), East Grinstead (8-2) and Bowdon (7-4) – conceding 30 goals in the process.
The club’s women are in a precarious position themselves as they sit one point above the drop zone in Division One after the opening weekend of their competition in Nottingham.
Team GB star Georgie Twigg, in the absence of Sarah Haycroft, captained Surbiton Ladies to defeats to Harleston (5-1) and East Grinstead (4-2) – for whom Esher’s Sophie Bray netted a hat-trick – on Saturday.
But the Sugden Road side rallied 24 hours later to beat Horsham (2-1) and draw with Brooklands Poynton (2-2) to give themselves a chance of avoiding the drop this weekend.
Haycroft is expected to return to action at Nottingham Trent University tomorrow in the knowledge a couple of wins for sixth-placed Surbiton from clashes with seventh-placed Bristol Firebrands, eighth-placed Hampshire outfit Trojans, high-flying Sevenoaks and Wakefield Bradford should see them safe.