Surbiton take to top flight like ducks to water

Surbiton take to top flight like ducks to water

Nowhere to run Sutton Coldfield captain Vicky Wooldford is surrounded by Surbiton defenders during her side's 3-2 defeat in the Midlands on Saturday Picture: Andy Smith

Slipping: Surbiton's Jonny Gall takes a tumble during his side's defeat on Sunday Picture: Peter Savage

First published in Sport

Surbiton Ladies made it two wins from two Women’s Hockey League Premier
Division games as they won 3-2 at Sutton Coldfield on Saturday.

The Sugden Road outfit, playing in the division for the first time in their history following promotion last year, made light of the absence of skipper Chloe Strong and Team GB star Georgie Twigg.

Goals from Sandra Frankland, Amy Bryant and Abi Robinson ensured Surbiton, who travel to struggling Olton & West Warwicks this weekend, backed up last week’s 4-0 opening day thrashing of Reading.

Surbiton’s men fared less well as they let a lead slip for the second week in succession in the England Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

New signing Rob Schilling gave his side an eighth minute lead against Loughborough Students, but penalty corner strikes either side of half-time gave the visitors the win.

The Long Ditton-based club aim to kick-start their league season at Southgate on Saturday, before hosting the same team in the national cup second round on Sunday.

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