Kimber hat-trick helps relegate Cannock

by HWC member Mike Haymonds via the Daily Express
Friday, March 18th, 2016

SURBITON teenager Evan Kimber hit a hat-trick in his side’s 6-3 win at Cannock which consolidated their second place and condemned Cannock to automatic relegation.

The 17-year-old St Georges College pupil, already an U16 and U18 international, also laid on a goal for Alan Forsyth in his ninth Premier league game this season.

Surbiton coach Todd Williams said: “This was his breakthrough today. Injuries to senior players during the season have given the opportunity for several youngsters to make their mark at the top level.”

Holcombe had already secured the Premier title, winning them a berth in Europe next season, and their 3-0 win at Hampstead & Westminster completed their unbeaten record for the season.

Reading lost 3-1 at Brooklands MU but held on to third place while Wimbledon finished fourth after a 1-0 win over Canterbury, who face the relegation play-offs.

In next month’s Championship play-offs Holcombe play Wimbledon while Surbiton meet Reading.

Jenna Woolven’s lone goal clinched the Investec Premier title for Surbiton at Reading and guaranteed their European place next season. It extended their unbeaten league run to 39 games dating back to February 2014. The second and third placed teams – Canterbury and University of Birmingham – both lost but had already sealed their play-off berths where they will meet again.

East Grinstead’s three-goal half-time advantage, through Alice Pyrgos, Sophie Bray and Josephine Blunt, was cut back by a brace from Canterbury’s South African international Dirkie Chamberlain.

The Birmingham Students lost 3-1 at Holcombe where the joint leading Premier scorer Erica Sanders’ strike was trumped by goals from Leigh Maasdorp, Emily Maguire and Sarah Jones.

The fourth play-off spot will be decided in Saturday’s final games with Holcombe, who travel to Clifton, lying two points ahead of East Grinstead.

The meeting of the bottom two saw Buckingham beat Bowdon Hightown 2-1 and close to one point behind their opponents. On Saturday Buckingham host East Grinstead while Bowdon travel to Reading.