After 10 months of no Premier League hockey, Clifton Robinsons L1’s returned to a sunny Coombe Dingle at last, taking on reigning league champions Surbiton.

After a slightly delayed start due to traffic on the M4, Alice Wills opened the scoring for Surbiton in the sixth minute before Catherine Macaulay equalised through a well timed deflection for the hosts early into the second quarter (check out Smifsports for an epic celebration photo!)

Macaulay was then on target again shortly before half-time to hand Clifton the lead going into the break from a well finished penalty corner. Eloise Stenner then equalised for Surbiton just a few minutes into the second half.

Clifton Robinsons sustained a lot of attacking pressure from Surbiton throughout the final quarter, but their penalty corner defence remained strong and the game finished 2-2.

Kitty Chapple

Alex Kirkpatrick

Probably on the physio table