SOUTHGATE eased to a 4-2 victory at relegation-threatened Indian Gymkhana in their last away match of the season in the Men’s Conference East of the English Hockey League on Saturday.
The opening period was fairly even, with Southgate enjoying more possession but struggling to find a way through the home defence.
Indian Gymkhana did create a couple of opportunities on the break, but failed to trouble Southgate keeper Allan Dick with either of them.
The deadlock was broken on 12 minutes, with the visitors scoring after Indian Gymkhana failed to clear a penalty corner and Jonny Maunder found the net following an initial save from former Great Britain keeper Simon Mason.
Southgate took control after this and looked to extend their lead, forcing Mason to make a number of saves as the pressure mounted.
And it came as little surprise when the second goal arrived in the 19th minute, John Sterlini driving into the circle and delivering a cross which beat the advancing Mason and was deflected into the open goal by Simeon Bird at the far post.
There were no further goals prior to interval, but the hosts started the second half strongly and reduced their deficit through Hayden Beltz in the 42nd minute.
However, they were unable to build on this and Southgate restored their two-goal advantage seven minutes later when Drew Burkin scored from a penalty corner.
The visitors then effectively sealed their victory by adding a fourth on 61 minutes. The ball fell to Jonny Maunder on the far right of the circle and he lobbed the advancing Mason, finding Will Holt in front of goal – who smashed the ball into the net in style.
Marcus Mahne puled one back for Indian Gymkhana with six minutes remaining, but time was against them and the visitors comfortably held on for the win.
Southgate round off their campaign by hosting Brighton and Hove on Sunday (2pm), knowing that victory should guarantee them third place in the final table.
Meanwhile, Southgate Ladies were beaten 3-1 at Chelmsford in their Conference East match on Saturday.
Goals from Kate Maxey and Collette Ager put Chelmsford in control by the interval and Alexandra Went added a third before Amy Kokkinos scored a late consolation for the visitors.
Southgate Ladies finish off their season at home to West Herts on Saturday (2pm).