Hampstead & Westminster the new English champions




Hampstead & Westminster won the Men's Hockey League Finals after a super game saw them defeat reigning champions Surbiton - who are bound for the EHL this week - 3-1.

Hampstead were always in the ascendancy but had to fight very hard for the victory, especially in a pulsating final quarter.

Matthew Guise-Brown scored twice for H&W, and when Tom Sorsby netted for Surbiton with eight minutes to go it was very much game on. With Surbiton employing a kicking back, Sam French scored in the final minute to spark wild celebrations.

The game started at a frantic pace, with both sides putting their best foot forward in search of an early advantage.

Right at the end of the third quarter, it was Hampstead who wrestled the advantage thanks to Matthew Guise-Brown's corner.

Into the second quarter, Surbiton's Brendan Creed thought he had equalised following a great corner routine, only to be denied by the umpire's whistle.

Almost immediately, a corner at the other end saw Guise-Brown double his side's advantage, and that couple of minutes proved pivotal.

Tom Sorsby almost netted for Surbiton before Chris Cargo had an effort well saved at the other end.

Into the last ten minutes and Surbiton registered a goal thanks to Sorsby after a long pass, and soon removed their goalkeeper in search of an equaliser.

Unfortunately for them though, it did of course leave them open to the counter, and a long pass from Kwan Browne allowed Sam French to seal the win for his team.