Surbiton and Wimbledon play out a thrilling draw

Battle: Wimbledon's Richard Alexander and Surbiton's Geoff McCabe tussle for possession         SP82178

Battle: Wimbledon's Richard Alexander and Surbiton's Geoff McCabe tussle for possession SP82178

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Wimbledon and Surbiton delivered another MHL Premier Division thriller to rival the 2-2 draw earlier this season, with a 4-4 final score. 

An enthusiastic crowd watched more than 30 international players deliver a feast of skill and excitement.

Once again Wimbledon established a two goal cushion, only for Surbiton to come back at the death.

It was, however, Surbiton who put on the early pressure and although one short corner was saved, another was conceded on 16 minutes.

This was put away into the bottom right hand corner by former Olympian Matt Daly.

The goal proved a trigger for Wimbledon to produce a 10-minute spell of text book hockey as the ball was moved smoothly from defence to attack.

On 20 minutes, a sweeping move down the right flank delivered a perfect cross for Phil Ball to take his time and crash the ball into the Surbiton net.

On 23 minutes, another mesmeric passing movement gave former Olympian Richard Alexander the chance to take the ball into the D and score a second.

However, never underestimate Surbiton because two minutes later, Wimbledon conceded another soft short corner and Daly duly made it 2-2. 

In the second half, it was Wimbledon who was resurgent.

A short corner on 42 minutes gave England international Phil Roper the opportunity to show his short corner expertise as he whizzed the ball inside the right hand post to make it 3-2.

Then came a game changing incident when a tangle between two players saw Ball given a yellow card.

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However, undeterred, 10-man Wimbledon broke away up field for Ali Brogdon to pass the ball to an unmarked Jonny Kinder who, though he had his back to goal, duly swivelled and converted with a stunning shot from 15 yards to make it 4-2.

The 10 men of Wimbledon still looked in control but Chris Gregg appeared to clash with one of the opposition and was also yellow carded to join Ball on the bench.

Eleven versus nine was no longer a fair fight and the impetus tipped back to Surbiton with Daly converting another short corner on 65 minutes.

As the clock ran down, though Ball was now back on the pitch, Wimbledon were still at 10 men and Surbiton were going flat out for an equaliser which came in the final minute.

Wimbledon: Tom Millington (GK), Ben Dando (Capt), Ben Marsden, Michael Hoare, Ben Hawes, Mathew Bunyan, John Harris, Richard Alexander, Henry Weir, Rob Pryce, Phil Roper, James Osborne, Johnny Kinder, Phil Roper, James Osborn, Phil Ball.

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