Haycroft witnesses a glimpse of what is to come at Surbiton Hockey Club, and she likes it
Surbiton Ladies captain Sarah Haycroft reckoned her side gave fans a glimpse of what could be in the WHL Premier League on Saturday.
Goals from Vicky Bryant and debutant Rebecca Herbert capped a fine second half display as the Sugden Road outfit dispatched Sutton Coldfield 3-1 in Birmingham.
London Olympian Georgie Twigg scored from the spot just before half time to level matters at 1-1, before Haycroft’s side, featuring five England internationals for the first time this season, cut loose.
Surbiton lost out in the championship play-offs in their first top-flight campaign last season and Haycroft is confident her side can go one step further this time around.
“We’ve had a few new players come in so it has taken us a little while to settle down and get used to one another,” she said.
“The quality that we showed in the second half on Saturday showed what we can do and what we could potentially achieve this season.
“We are more threatening from open play this year to go with a strong threat from set pieces.
“We showed last year we are not going to be a team that gets promoted and then goes down, which has helped with recruitment.
Eye-catching: The performance of Rebecca Herbert impressed Surbiton skipper Sarah Haycroft
“We’re going to be in the Premier League for a long time and we want to qualify for Europe this season.”
Internationals Haycroft, Twigg, Hollie Webb, Giselle Ansley and Herbert, all starred at the weekend, but it was the latter who most caught her captain’s eye.
“She has great skill and experience and is so quick, so she is a big addition to the team,” said the skipper.
Surbiton host Oulton this weekend expecting a tough test.
“They lost 12-0 last week and will be really up for it,” said Haycroft.
Meanwhile, an Alan Forsyth double and one from Geoff McCabe gave Surbiton a 3-1 win at Sheffield Hallam on Sunday.
Despite the three points the Sugden Road outfit slipped to second in the MHL Premier League table on goal difference after new leaders East Grinstead’s stunning 9-1 win at Canterbury.
Surbiton host Wimbledon on Saturday knowing their visitors got their first win of the season with a 2-0 triumph at Cannock over the weekend.
New boy: Surbiton star Geoff McCabe found his way on to the scoresheet over the weekend
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