Rampant Reading blow Surbiton away

Reading celebrate their cup win

READING (2) 5      -                1 (1) SURBITON

Tom Carson 20,54 (PC,PC)      Will Calnan 23 (F)
Richard Mantell 28 (PC)
John Jackson (PC)
Peter Scott 62 (F)

A stunning attacking display from Reading blew Surbiton away and won the cup for the Sonning Lane outfit. A double for Tom Carson, one for Richard Mantell and further strikes for John Jackson and Peter Scott did the damage after Will Calnan had given Surbiton the lead.

Reading came out of the blocks at a lightning pace. Jack Clee was extremely lively early on, buzzing around and causing the Surbiton defence problems and it was the No10 who almost gave Reading the lead as his flicked effort flew just wide.

Surbiton took the lead after five minutes. David Beckett’s excellent run forced a good block from goalkeeper Tommy Alexander but Calnan fired in the rebound.

Before the 20 minute mark Reading levelled it up with a precise penalty corner from Tom Carson. Ten minutes later Reading struck again from another penalty corner. Mantell moved out to the left of the circle for a short pass and fizzed the ball across goal from the angle to make it 2-1.

Alan Forsyth went close to evening the scores up just before the break but he was denied by Alexander and Reading kept the lead.

After the break, Reading’s onslaught continued and from another Mantell corner they made it 3-1. The No6’s shot was saved by David Kettle but Jackson lifted the rebound in.

Surbiton had the chance to force their way back into the contest from the penalty spot. Up stepped the normally reliable Forsyth but Alexander denied him brilliantly. Carson notched another penalty corner to make it 4-1 as Reading’s movement and pace cut open the Surbiton defence. With seven minutes remaining the gloss was put on the performance with a terrific individual goal. Scott weaved his way through the defence before firing a searing backhand shot high into the net giving the goalkeeper no chance.

The final whistle went, sparking joyous scenes from the Reading players and fans as they won their first Men’s Cup since 2008-09.

A jubilant Reading Captain Chris Newman spoke to England Hockey afterwards, watch the video of his interview below: