Beckett treble helps Surbiton to the final

Alan Forsyth celebrates netting for Surbiton

Surbiton 8 (4)
William Marshall 16 (FG)
David Beckett 18, 18, 29 (FG, FG, FG)
Alan Forsyth 20, 37 (FG)
Brendan Creed 39, 39, (FG, FG)

Sevenoaks 1 (0)
Jack Valentine 28 (FG)

A hat-trick from Surbiton’s David Beckett booked his side’s place in the Super 6s final after a dominant display against Sevenoaks in the first of the men’s semi-finals.

Richard Potton had pulled off a series of incredible saves in the early going, keeping the scores level. Once William Marshall found the net with a wonderful backhand scoop the floodgates opened, with David Beckett scoring twice in a minute before Alan Forsyth made it 4-0 on the stroke of half time. Jack Valentine pulled one back in the second half but Beckett completed his treble as Surbiton went marching on.

Potton had already beaten away a Beckett backhand and save well from Forsyth before he was called upon to repel a thunderous flick from Marshall.

Potton was starting to look unbeatable but then Scotland star Marshall produced a piece of magic to fire the ball into the roof of the net to break the deadlock. Sevenoaks were reeling and Beckett plundered two goals in a minute to make it 3-0 before Forsyth netted a fourth after a good advantage from umpire Tim Benford.

Sevenoaks reduced the arrears early in the second half with a Jack Valentine goal but just moments later Beckett completed his hat-trick to make it 5-1.

Sevenoaks withdrew their goalkeeper in a bid to get back into the contest but Surbiton capitalised and Forsyth nabbed his second into an empty net for the sixth goal and then Brendan Creed got in on the act with two goals in the last minute to put the gloss on the score line and make it 8-1.

David Beckett spoke to England Hockey afterwards about his side's chances in the final: