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Surbiton Seal Super Bronze Medal While East Grinstead And Hampstead & Westminster Also Prevail

Surbiton Men sealed a historic third-place finish while East Grinstead Women and Hampstead & Westminster Men were also victorious on a thrilling day of European hockey action for English sides.

After yesterday’s last four defeat to Rot-Weiss Koln, Surbiton entered today’s bronze medal match against Club de Campo aiming to become just the second English men’s side to medal in the Euro Hockey League.

And they sealed a bronze medal - a first for an English team since Reading in 2012 - with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Club de Campo.

After the first two quarters Surbiton were 2-0 up, goals from David Goodfield and Gareth Furlong handing them the lead.

But a 51st minute goal from Ignacio Rodriguez pulled Club del Campo back into the contest as they looked to draw level.

The Spanish side continued to create opportunities but some superb saves from Surbiton keeper Ore Ogunlana kept them in front.

And that proved to be enough for Surbiton to seal a hugely impressive bronze medal in Amsterdam.

Ogunlana, who was named man of the match for his heroics, said: “As a team, I think given yesterday’s performance we knew we had to come out and just show everyone how good we actually are.

“I think we owed it to ourselves but all the injured players that we’ve got, the fans that we’ve got here, our juniors, our coaches, just to come out and perform.

“We did - so we’re very happy!”

Elsewhere, East Grinstead Women sealed a third-place finish in the Club Trophy thanks to a dominant 6-2 win over HC Argentia in Italy.

East Grinstead held a narrow 3-2 lead at half-time, though scored three goals without reply in the third and fourth quarters to seal victory and a bronze medal.

Sophie Bray’s hat-trick helped power them to victory, with Ellie Rayer netting a brace and Guada F Lacort also on the scoresheet.

And there was further success for Hampstead & Westminster Men, who sealed fifth-place in the League Ranking Cup thanks to a 7-1 victory over Three Rock Rovers in Spain.

Braces from Sam French and Matthew Guise-Brown helped seal a comfortable victory for the London side, with Matthew Ramshaw having opened the scoring and Rupert Shipperley and Teague Marcano also on the scoresheet.

Assistant coach Huw Stevens said. “It’s always good to finish well and do what we know we can do.

“It was nice to make the most of our chances today.”