EG's Ladies and Men travelled to Surbiton yesterday for their double header in the England Hockey Premier Leagues. Click through for details on the two matches...
Surbiton hosted both EG teams yesterday with the double header starting at 16:00 with the Ladies. The match was cat and mouse throughout with EG showing good spells of possession. The first three quarters all finished 0:0 although both sides had numerous corners and a handful of chances to break the deadlock. Notable performances included Harriet Mitchell in defence and Courtney Hansford making some great forward runs..
The final quarter had a slightly different feel to it, with EG opening the scoring from a corner in the 56th minute; Hannah Cozens scoring what would prove to be the winning goal. Although Surbiton pushed hard for an equaliser, EG showed growing maturity in maintaining possession and continuing to pressurise Surbiton as the clock ran down.
The 1:0 win places EG Ladies at the top of the Premier League alongside Loughborough Students who have an identical record right down to the same goal difference.
Straight after the Ladies, the Men stepped up for their match against the league leaders. With goals in each quarter, this game was a different affair to the ladies one. Surbiton opened the scoring on 8 minutes but EG applied a significant amount of pressure leading to several corners. Eventually one of the led to a penalty stroke which was dispatched by Simon Faulkner in the 16th minute just before the close of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw Surbiton take the lead with three field goals although Luke Emmett scored a cracking goal just before half time. Receiving a cross from the right in the air, Luke seemed to control the ball and shoot in one movement without the ball hitting the ground.
The third quarter was characterised by a green card for each side, while Surbiton extended their lead with one more goal, and the final quarter saw them wrap things up with goals 6 and 7.
Although the result showed another strong Surbiton performance, EG continue to show signs of developing well. More exciting attacking play from Luis Gittens and Luke Emmett with new face Franco Harte showing glimpses of what is to come and Daniel Faulkner again showing his experience bringing the ball out of defence. Most important is the evidence of really strong team work coming to the fore.