Hightown – now to clinch the dou­ble!

The Hockey Paper - - INVESTEC WOMEN’S CUP -

for­wards. We’re ex­cited to do the play-offs and the cup fi­nal again. We will use the next cou­ple of weeks to re­ally prep and get our side re­ally built up, with the GB girls com­ing back into it.

“We’ve got to get a good flow build­ing up into play­offs. We’ve got a few friendlies com­ing up, so it’ll just be get­ting our dy­namic right and work­ing on our set moves.

“We have al­ways en­joyed the cup, but this game was kind of about com­ing up here and get­ting the job done, so we can pre­pare for the play-offs.”

The vis­i­tors took the lead af­ter seven min­utes, Robin­son calmly lift­ing the ball over the goal­keeper to cap off a swift coun­ter­at­tack­ing move, be­fore tap­ping the ball in at the back post af­ter an in­ci­sive run by Lucy Holder to dou­ble the ad­van­tage ten min­utes later.

Sur­biton scored their third in the 25th minute, Twigg de­flect­ing a low flick in from a penalty cor­ner.

And they very nearly scored again a few min­utes later; Beckie Mid­dle­ton re­ceived the ball at the top of the D and danced past three de­fend­ers, but her re­verse flick hit the post.

How­ever Evans did make it four with six min­utes of the half re­main­ing, tap­ping in from a few yards out.

The hosts looked a dif­fer­ent side af­ter half-time and they nearly scored four min­utes in, Lily Wool­sten­holme’s ef­fort ruled out by the um­pire due to a dan­ger­ously high stick.

And Bow­don’s sec­ond­half re­solve was fi­nally bro­ken in the 64th minute; Martin – who had been un­con­tain­able all day – scor­ing from a few yards out. “There were points of re­silience,” said Bow­don team man­ager Jon Maw. “We had some lit­tle patches where we played some good hockey.

“Some of our at­tack­ing was sac­ri­ficed based on what we did de­fen­sively but I thought we did a good job in the sec­ond half of clos­ing them down.

“With the play­offs com­ing up we’re go­ing to have to ask the play­ers in dif­fer­ent games to do dif­fer­ent jobs in dif­fer­ent sys­tems for us to be suc­cess­ful.”

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