Surbiton Secure League & Cup Double

Investec Women's Cup Final - Surbiton Team Photo

Jenna Woolven 2 (F) Annebeth Witjenburg 42 (PC)
Rebecca Herbert 4 (PC)
Giselle Ansley 20 (PC)
Georgie Twigg 38, 47 (PS,PS)
Vanessa Roberts 49 (FG)
Sophie Fisher-Norton 65 (FG)

Surbiton ended a remarkable season by adding the Investec Women’s Cup to their League title in a comfortable 7-1 victory against a battling Hampstead & Westminster side

The League Champions got off to a flying start with Jenna Woolven lifting the ball over the advancing keeper after good work from Georgie Twigg on just two minutes. The lead was doubled shortly after when Rebecca Herbert was on hand to deflect the ball in from close range from Surbiton’s first Penalty Corner. The Hampstead & Westminster defence, with an inspired Sophia Perowne in goal did a good job at keeping the score to just 2-0 with Surbiton’s Twigg, Sarah Page, Giselle Ansley and Jenna Woolven all going close. Surbiton did however find that third goal on 20 minutes through Ansley who dragged a Penalty Corner high into the net.

Hampstead & Westminster’s first real chance of the game came on 22 minutes which saw Emma Stockings close range shot saved after good work from the lively Kike Lawal. Hampstead then enjoyed a good five minute spell of possession but were unable to create any real chances against a well organised Surbiton defence as the teams went into halt time at 3-0.

Surbiton began the second half as they started the first, with Georgie Twigg getting her name on the score sheet with a Penalty Stroke on 38 minutes. On 41 minutes, Hampstead received their first Penalty Corner of the match which led to their only goal, with Annebeth Witjenburg converting after a double save from Surbiton keeper Vicky Hewett. This forced Surbiton to raise their game, adding a further two goals to their tally in as many minutes through a second Georgie Twigg stroke and Vanessa Roberts strike. As fatigue set in, a scrappy ten minutes followed which saw three yellow cards. With five minutes remaining, Surbiton put the icing on the cake with a seventh goal through Sophie Fisher-Norton to end their season in style.

At the final whistle, Surbiton’s captain Sarah Haycroft put her team's league and cup double success down to teamwork. Haycroft added “It’s a fantastic feeling to add the Investec Women’s Cup to our League Title and qualification to Europe. It’s been a great season which we put down to a squad with strength in depth, not just the 16 players that played in the League and Cup Finals. We are so happy to win the double”