REPORT: Surbiton 3-0 Buckingham

Surbiton women final
Surbiton 3 
Ansley 10 (PC), Pearne-Webb 55 (PC), Holly Payne 58 (FG)
Buckingham 0


Investec Women's Premier League title holders Surbiton booked their place in Sunday's final and kept their charge to win five consecutive titles alive.

Goals from Great Britain and England pair Giselle Ansley and Hollie Pearne-Webb and a strike from Holly Payne guided Surbiton to their victory.

Holders Surbiton began brightly and eventually took the lead from a penalty corner as Ansley stepped up and put a fierce drag-flick hard into the net giving the keeper little chance.

The pressure continued from Surbiton as they racked up a high number of circle entries but weren't able to convert these into efforts on goal as Buckingham showcased some determined defending.

Just before the half-time break Ella Jackson had to be at her best to make a smart stop and Georgie Twigg's deflected effort sailed just wide as Surbiton ended the half well on top.

After the break Surbiton continued to dominate possession but an improved Buckingham saw a more even quarter follow. The best chance of the quarter fell to Surbiton in the final minute as Ansley tested Jackson from a penalty corner but she got down quickly to make the save.

The battle between Ansley and Jackson continued in the final quarter, Ansley's hard strike was again palmed away as Surbiton continued to be frustrated by the Buckingham keeper. Surbiton kept pressing for a second goal and Hannah Martin couldn't have gone closer when her strike on the reverse flew just wide of the far post.

With five minutes remaining the second goal eventually came for Surbiton as Pearne-Webb hammered a shot hard shot from penalty corner past Jackson to all but secure the win.

Buckingham elected for a kicking back with two minutes remaining but it was Surbiton who grabbed the next goal as Payne tucked home to finish off a swift counter attack and book Surbiton's spot in the Investec Women's Premier League final.