Surbiton clinch third place over Reading

Reading vs Surbiton 450
Surbiton 1 (1)
Alan Forsyth 23 (PS)
 
Reading 1 (1)
Jonty Clarke 3 (FG)
 
(Surbiton 3-2 Reading shoot-out)
 
Surbiton edged a win over hosts Reading in the third place match. With the score finishing 1-1 at full-time, a shoot-out was needed to decide the result. Heroics from David Kettle in the Surbiton goal gave them the victory.
 
The game started brightly for Reading, with Jonty Clarke putting away a loose ball to make it 1-0. Further chances came for them through penalty corners, and good efforts by Nick Catlin.
 
However, Surbiton were also creating chances of their own, and when they were awarded a penalty stroke following two penalty corners, Alan Forsyth stepped up to score and make it 1-1.
 
Both teams had further opportunities to score, including Tom Carson for Reading and Matt Daly for Surbiton. But Kettle and Reading's James Bailey both made fine saves to take the match to a shoot-out.
 
Michael Watt, Alan Forsyth and Chris Grassick all netted for Surbiton while England duo Catlin and Carson found the target for Reading. With Surbiton sitting 3-2 up, Jonty Clarke stepped up to take Reading's fifth and final penalty knowing he needed to score, but Kettle had other ideas and got down brilliantly to keep Clarke at bay with a fantastic stick save to secure his team third place and that vital *European spot.
 
Speaking after the match, jubilant Surbiton captain Ben Tibble commented “It was really, really good on the whole, we knew it would be a tough match, especially after going 1-0 down but we fought from the start. The support was brilliant too and it makes such a huge difference so that wasgreat! 

Looking ahead to the EuroHockey league knockout 16 tournament in Eindhoven, Tibble added “they’ll definitely be tough but we’ve got a couple of weeks to train and we’re feeling confident.”

*Currently English clubs are given three EuroHockey League places each year, however the number of places is dependent on the results of this year's EuroHockey League Finals.
 
Penalty shoot-out information
 
Surbiton Reading
Ben Tibble = O Nick Catlin = X
Michael Watts = X Simon Mantell = O
Alan Forsyth = X Chris Cargo = O
Chris Grassick = X Tom Carson = X
Matt Daly = O Jonty Clarke = O