Canterbury beat Surbiton 3-2 in third place play off

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Canterbury came from behind to beat Surbiton 3-2 in the Investec Women’s Hockey League third place play-off on Sunday.

Just ten minutes in, Ellen Barnes struck a shot which was deflected into the roof of the Canterbury goal to give Surbiton the lead.

Jade Mayne soon got Canterbury back on terms with a neat tap in from a well worked move.

But straight from the restart, Amy Bryant restored the lead for Surbiton as she unleashed a thumping shot from the edge of the D.

After the break, Canterbury once again pulled level when Mayne scored her second, this time with a superb reverse stick shot.

Finally, with eight minutes remaining, Canterbury completed the comeback as Sarah Kerly lifted an excellent shot over the Surbiton keeper to make it 3-2.

Afterwards, Canterbury’s Grace Balsdon said: “Obviously yesterday was disappointing for us but after the game we regrouped and turned our focus back to today and getting the result and we are really pleased with the outcome.

“It was a tough match, Surbiton are a great side and been very competitive since coming up to the Premier Division.”

And Susannah Townsend of Canterbury and GB added: “With Canterbury next season, we have some great youngsters coming through and we will be looking to get a few more players in to bolster our attack and defence and to build our strength in depth. We hope to be back next year and hopefully clinch this spot in Europe.”