East Grinstead to face Beeston in title clash

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East Grinstead 6 (2)
Niall Stott 6, 50 (FG, FG)
Mark Pearn 19 (FG)
Tony Wilson 44 (FG)
Mark Gleghorne 45 (PS)
David Condon 47 (FG)

Surbiton 2 (0)
Michael Watt 68 (FG)
Matt Daly 70 (PC)

The opening match of the NOW: Pensions League Play-Offs saw Surbiton take on East Grinstead. East Grinstead took an early lead when Ashley Jackson made a break for goal, allowing teammate Niall Stott to secure the goal making the score 1-0. Despite strong defending from Surbiton’s Johnny Gall, East Grinstead scored their second goal of the half, this time through Mark Pearn who brought the score to 2-0. Surbiton upped the pressure towards the latter half of the first half but they were not rewarded for their efforts and the score remained 2-0 coming in to the break.

The second half started with a flurry of goals from East Grinstead; field goals from Tony Wilson, David Condon and another for Niall Stott and a penalty stroke from Mark Gleghorne meant they took a 6-0 lead over Surbiton. Despite numerous penalty corners, Surbiton first got on the score card through a field goal from Michael Watt in the 68th minute bringing the score to 6-1. A penalty corner in the dying seconds of the game allowed Surbiton’s Matt Daly to score also, meaning the final score was 6-2.

Speaking after the game, East Grinstead's Ashley Jackson noted "A lot has changed for us since last season, Karl Stagno has come in as the head coach and he has been absolutely brilliant, bringing a fresh approach to everything that the first team does this season. He needs to take a lot of credit for everything that has helped us progress in the right direction."
 
 
Beeston 4 (3)
Sam Ward 20, 58 (PC, FG)
Adam Dixon 28, 33 (FG, PC)
 
Reading 2 (0)
Dan Shingles 68 (FG)
Jonty Clarke 70 (PS)
 
Beeston booked their place in the Play-Off Final with a 4-2 victory over Reading.
 
Beeston created the majority of the chances early on in the game and scored the first goal of the game through Samuel Ward making the score 1-0. Captain Adam Dixon followed this up with a further two goals late in the half giving Beeston a comfortable 3-0 lead at half time. 
 
Reading returned to the second half determined, creating some good chances early on in the second half. A fourth goal for Beeston through Ward again meant the game looked beyond the home team at 4-0. Two late goals from Reading's Dan Shingles and Jonty Clarke bought the score to 4-2 but proved to be too little too late.
 
The win gives Beeston a match against East Grinstead in Sunday's final, leaving Reading and Surbiton to battle it out for third and fourth place.

Reflecting on their victory, Beeston Captain Adam Dixon noted "It was definitely not an easy game but we had done a lot of homework for it. We'd already played Reading twice in the league so we knew we had to protect ourselves from their dangerous players and we did that pretty well. We always have good games against Reading but a good start was huge for us and fortunately we came out on top today."