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H&W still pointless after Surbiton loss

PUBLISHED: 17:28 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:42 24 August 2010

HAMPSTEAD and Westminster have yet to get a point on the board after they were thumped by Surbiton in their English Hockey League Premier Division clash on Saturday. The Paddington Rec outfit, skippered by England international...

HAMPSTEAD and Westminster have yet to get a point on the board after they were thumped by Surbiton in their English Hockey League Premier Division clash on Saturday.

The Paddington Rec outfit, skippered by England international Dan Fox, sought to benefit from home advantage after losing last week's opener at Reading.

But once again Fox's men came away empty-handed after Surbiton bagged five goals without reply, before Hampstead grabbed a late brace to avoid the whitewash.

"We were very slow to start," new boss Todd Williams admitted. "They jumped us early and we quickly went 2-0 down, but then we had three or four chances but didn't convert.

"James Tindall and Matt Daly - two of Surbiton's five England players - scored the first two goals and ended up with two goals apiece. They continued to give us trouble throughout the match.

"We know what we have to get better at. If you create chances and don't finish you are giving the opposing team the chance to do the same to you.

"It was another learning experience but I have made sure the guys know that it is the last one."

Andy Cornick and Dave Eakins scored the goals for Hampstead - but they deserved little more than that consolation and will need to up their game when they travel to Bowden on Saturday.


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