Pearn has sights set on finals berth for Surbiton
SURBITON coach Mark Pearn is targeting a trip to Wembley after his side won all four of their Super 6s Championship games at Bromsgrove School over the weekend.
Pearn’s men beat Bowdon 6-2, with Brendan Creed and David Beckett both scoring hat-tricks, before thrashing Reading 11-1 on Saturday – James Carson’s hat-trick and two goals from the stick of Creed notching the goals.
And their strong form continued on Sunday as Loughborough were seen off 7-3 before a last minute goal saw them snatch a 5-4 victory against Sevenoaks to lead the standings at the half-way point.
East Grinstead sit just behind the leaders on goal difference as the only other side to manage an unbeaten weekend thanks to wins over Team Bath, Canterbury, Wimbledon and Loughborough.
Wimbledon are in third with a 7-4 defeat to East Grinstead, who had raced into a 4-1 lead after just 14 minutes, the only blot on their copy book.
And Pearn was delighted to see that the hard work in training was paying dividends for his side, and wants to push hard in January for a place in the semi-finals.
“Obviously to win all our games was really pleasing, you never know how you are going to go,” he said.
“We had trained hard for three weeks but as a team we were really pleased to come away with four wins.
“Some (wins) were comfortable and some were really tight, it was really
valuable for us as a group to play different opposition and be tested in different ways.
“For me it’s important we qualify for a number of reasons; to win a national title is the aim, the side together have committed to it and everyone wants to play.
“We are targeting next weekend to go unbeaten. We have big games against Wimbledon, who played well, and sides will have improved as they get used to playing (indoors).”
Surbiton’s 22 field goals and seven penalty corners was five more than any other team could manage over the weekend, but it was Canterbury’s Craig Boyne who was the leading individual scorer with nine.
William Marshall, Beck- ett and Creed were however inside the top six in the charts and Pearn feels that the ability to share the workload is a major strength of his side.
“The Reading game where we won 11-1 was probably as good as it could have got,” he said.
“I was only going to do indoors if they committed and they wanted to, we have some (players) resting for injuries, but we also have some very good players involved.
“I think Brad (Creed) had a very good Saturday and we had Jonny Gall and William Marshall both score hat-tricks on the Sunday – everyone scored goals, that’s our strength.
“We had nine outfield players and it didn’t matter which were on the pitch. It’s important we are not reliant on one or two people.”
Men’s Conference East side Sevenoaks brought their fine outdoor form to Bromsgrove and sit fourth after the weekend, following 6-5 and 7-3 wins against Bowdon and Canterbury respectively.
Reading also picked up two wins from their four games while Team Bath Buccaneers, Bowdon and Canterbury were all restricted to just the single success while Loughborough Students were winless.
The Super 6s restarts on January 7 and 8 at Nottingham University with leaders Surbiton set to face East Grinstead and Wimbledon as they continue their search for a play-off place.
The top four teams at the end of the round robin stage will progress to the semi-finals at Wembley Arena, with Pearn confident there’s no lack of incentive for his Premier Division side.
“We want to be in semifinals and finals. So it’s a big opportunity, and there’s a number of reasons to get though like some profile and to show our juniors and give them a target,” he added.
“There are lots of benefits to the indoor programme for us, that’s why our players have attended training and we have our just rewards.
“It’s the biggest domestic event in the calendar it would be a shame not be there.
“I want Surbiton in that environment whether we win or not.”
On target: William Marshall scores for Surbiton against Loughborough Students
No way through: Surbiton’s David Beckett shields the ball from the Loughborough defence
Master tactician: Mark Pearn leads Surbiton’s half-time team talk
So simple: Simon Faulkner, of East Grinstead, in action against Wimbledon