Pearn has sights set on fi­nals berth for Sur­biton

The Hockey Paper - - MEN'S SUPER 6S - By An­drew Law­ton

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

PIC­TURES: David Kiss­man

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

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