Fulton brace fires Surbiton

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Grant Fulton, Surbiton's South African midfield player, scored twice in the Surrey derby as Surbiton, opening their new self-financed water-based pitch, beat Guildford 4-2 in an entertaining game despite the atrocious conditions. Surbiton never really looked back after Karl Stagno gave them a fifth-minute lead which they took into the interval.

Two penalty corner goals from Fulton in the 39th and 48th minutes confirmed their superiority, with Stuart Head claiming a fourth. Consolation goals came from Roly Ward and Andy Whalley for Guildford.

Reading, starting with their four internationals, who returned yesterday from England's trip to South Africa, on the bench, went behind to a Nicky Thompson penalty stroke away to Old Loughtonians and only the arrival of Mark Pearn got them moving. Two penalty corner conversions by Tom Bertram just before the interval set up a 2-1 lead. Jon Wyatt, at another penalty corner, put them further ahead before Thompson claimed his second.

Teddington dropped their first points of the season in a 1-1 draw at home to Southgate, while Canterbury collected their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Cannock.

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