Twigg celebrates 100th Surbiton game with magic eighth win

Georgie Twigg celebrated her 100th game for Surbiton in style as the London club extended their run to eight successive wins in England’s Investec Women’s Hockey League.

GB ace Giselle Ansley returned from international duty and helped save face for Surbiton with a draw looking likely against Buckingham.

Buckingham’s Kitty Higgins cancelled out Emily Guckian’s opener for Surbiton who went back into the lead just four minutes later thanks to Erica Sanders.

Ansley extended Surbiton’s lead and despite Lottie Porter cutting the deficit back to 3-2, Surbiton held on for maximum points, leaving them five points clear of second placed Hampstead & Westminster.

In-form East Grinstead made it three consecutive wins with a 4-0 victory over Clifton Robinsons. Lydia McDonnell opened the scoring for EG before Sophie Bray found the net three times in the second half to take her season’s tally to 6.

Holcombe leapfrogged Buckingham into third place with a strong second half showing against Beeston.

Candice Manuel, Joanne Westwood and Olivia Wilde all found the net for Holcombe in their 3-0 home victory.

Elsewhere, Joie Leigh scored a brace to keep Hampstead & Westminster in the race for the title with a 2-0 win over bottom side Bowdon Hightown.

In the men’s competition, Ed Horler scored a hat-trick and Ronan Harvey-Kelly bagged two goals as Wimbledon produced an excellent 7-1 victory over Brooklands MU to maintain the pressure on Premier Division leaders Surbiton in the Men’s Hockey League.

Ben Francis and Peter Friend also found themselves on the scoresheet for the hosts, while Leo Watton was the only scorer for Brooklands MU.

After helping GB qualify for the Tokyo Olympics Alan Forsyth helped himself to two goals as Surbiton won 4-3 at Old Georgians on Saturday to stay top of the table.

Tom Carson opened the scoring after seven minutes, but Forsyth’s first levelled the match and Surbiton went ahead with Luke Taylor and Tom Sorsby scoring.

Lee Morton scored twice in three minutes as Old Georgians levelled at 3-3, but Forsyth’s second goal on 64 minutes sealed the win.

Hampstead and Westminster remain fourth in the table after winning 4-1 at the University of Exeter. A brace from Matt Guise Brown and goals from Chris Cargo and Harry Martin were enough to secure the points for the away side. Sam Hooper netted a consolation goal for the University of Exeter in the 58th minute.

Elsewhere East Grinstead won 3-1 at bottom of the table Reading on Saturday. Luke Emmett, Simon Faulkner and Liam Ansell were all on the scoresheet for the away side, while Stuart Loughrey scored the only goal for Reading.

Holcombe versus Beeston ended in a 2-2 draw as both teams secured a point a piece. Rob Field and Barry Middleton scored for Holcombe while Nick Park and Elliot Barton found the net for Beeston.