Matt Daly scores four as Surbiton battle from behind to conquer Canterbury

Surbiton Men 5-4 Canterbury Men

Surbiton Ladies 2-1 Canterbury Ladies

Matt Daly scored four goals as captain Ben Tibble praised his teams battling spirit in their 5-4 comeback win against Canterbury on Sunday.

William Marshall scored the other goal for Surbiton as they overturned a 3-1 deficit and withstood heavy pressure to take all three points and stay level on points with league leaders East Grinstead.

Elsewhere, Sarah Haycroft scored twice as Surbiton Ladies beat Canterbury 2-1 to leave them four points clear at the top of the table.

Surbiton men were behind after just five minutes and Tibble acknowledged the slow start.

He said: “We didn’t really start the game as we wanted to do and it was really frustrating, it’s not the way we normally play, but credit to the lads we fought really hard.

“We’re disappointed with the performance but very happy with the result.

“They have good players and the league doesn’t really reflect that at the moment so we knew it would be a tough game.”

Tibble was also full of praise for star man Daly, who scored three of this goals from penalty corners.

“He buys into the way we play and is always going to be a threat from corners,” he said.

“Our aim has always been this year to win the league and we believe we can do that we’re only going to get better.”

Olympian Daly fired low past Edgar Reynaud from a penalty corner to level the scores at 1-1.

Two quick goals from Canterbury had Surbiton on the back foot midway through the first half.

Daly again showed clinical finishing from a penalty corner for his second. His high effort slipped through a hole in the netting and, after a brief moment of confusion, the goal was given.

Marshall levelled the scores and then Daly completed his hat-trick after rounding off a sweeping counter attack in the 49th minute to make it 4-3.

Canterbury’s Aaronvir Cheema’s close-range effort looked to have nicked a draw, but  the Sugden Road outfit were not to be denied and Daly’s third penalty corner conversion of the game sealed the win.

For the Ladies, captain Haycroft’s two goals secured a fifth win in a row in a game they could have won by more.


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