Hightown – now to clinch the double!
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.”