Invincible Surbiton edge out Clifton in dramatic final

Surbiton celebrate the Investec Women's Cup


Goals from Jenna Woolven, Abi Robinson and Rebecca Herbert were enough to give Surbiton the Investec Women’s Cup, ensuring in the process they remained undefeated over the whole season. Clifton ran them close and levelled the scores with goals from Aileen Davis and Harriet Pearce but Herbert’s late struck settled matters in Surbiton’s favour.

The holders got off to a perfect start as Jenna Woolven snapped up the first chance to fire into the back of the net after just two minutes. Caitlin Jeffries was called into action in the eighth minute making a good save to her right to repel a bullet form Natalie McLean’s penalty corner. At the other end, Dawn Mitchell-Williams got Clifton's first sight of goal but her shot from the right of the circle was pulled wide of the far post.
It wasn't long before Clifton pulled level and it came from a penalty corner. Captain Aileen Davis stepped up and smashed her shot past Vicky Hewett to tie the scores up. McLean tried her luck at the other end but her penalty corner was saved by Jeffries with the rebound flying over the top from the same player. Sarah Page stepped up for the next penalty corner but she could not find the target and it was honours even at the break.

Surbiton made a strong start to the second period, Page set up Robinson but Jeffries made another fine save. The Clifton goalkeeper was at her best moments later when another break involving Page almost let in Robinson again. On 49 minutes Surbiton edged back in front. Page stole the ball just outside the circle broke to the baseline before she squared the ball to Robinson who lashed the it home.

Claire Thomas almost pulled one back but she couldn’t get her defelction on target. With 58 minutes on the clock, Pearce beat Vicky Hewett with a low penbalty corner and it looked like the two sides were going to go to penalties.

However, three minutes from time Clifton hearts were broken. Herbert played in Sandra Frankland on the right who reached the baseline before cutting back to the No17 who slammed home the winner to retain the cup for the Sugden Road side.  

Watch Captain Rebecca Herbert's post match interview below: