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Just one team remains unbeaten in the entire Men's EHL as we hit halfway in the league fixtures.  Canterbury is that side, riding high at the top on Men's Conference East ahead of a trip to Teddington.  University of Exter are going all out for the visit of league leaders East Grinstead of Saturday evening while there has been a change of leader at the top of Men's Conference West where there's a grudge match on the cards with new leaders Team Bath Buccaneers travelling to University of Birmingham, who lost the lead last weekend.  Deeside Ramblers are finally off the mark in Men's EHL Conference North as all eyes look towards leaders Sheffield Hallam's trip to Brooklands MU.

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Men’s EHL Premier Division
Ashley Jackson shoots with his reverse during East Grinstead's Men's England Hockey League (EHL) match against Beeston, November 2012All five of the Men’s EHL Premier Division fixtures take place on Saturday this week as the league season reaches its mathematical halfway point.  With Great Britain’s men’s team having been in Belgium this week and departing for the Champions Trophy in Auckland on Monday, expect to see a number of alterations to some of the teams ahead of this week’s matches as players are rested.  Defending Champions Beeston lost out to a last minute Ashley Jackson (pictured) penalty corner last week in a 3-2 defeat at East Grinstead.  Now three points off the league leaders, they play host to Bowdon who were also the beneficiaries of a late winner last weekend; Nigel Croke’s 69th minute penalty corner edging the Cheshire club into a 4-3 win over Hampstead & Westminster.   The win was only Bowdon’s second of the season but was certainly welcome as it took them to within a point of eighth and ninth placed sides Southgate and University of Exeter.  The Exeter students earned an away point last weekend at Surbiton and are set to lay on a party for the visit of East Grinstead on Saturday evening.  Find out all about their plans here.

The Premier Division’s other students, Loughborough, produced the surprise result of last weekend with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over second place Cannock.  Still seventh, Loughborough Students are now just two points off the top five EHL Championships playoff spots as they get ready to face Reading on Saturday.  The Blues had their Great Britain Olympian brothers, the Mantells, to thank for their win at Southgate with both finding the net from penalty corners but they remain in a slightly unfamiliar fourth place.  It’s been a mixed start for Surbiton who have won three, drawn two and lost three of their opening eight and they face a Cannock side looking to avenge last weekend’s defeat.

Along with Cannock’s resurgence this season, Hampstead & Westminster’s early form has been one of the talking points in the Premier Division. Despite the late defeat at Bowdon the London team still occupies the final Championships playoff spot going into this weekend’s home match with Southgate.

Men’s EHL Conference North
Once again there’s no change at the top in Men’s EHL Conference North with Sheffield Hallam still leading the way, two points clear of Brooklands MU and University of Durham.  All three won their matches last weekend with Sheffield Hallam knocking in another seven goals.  Their 7-1 win over Belper takes them to 43 goals for the season, making them the highest scoring side in the entire Men’s England Hockey League; six more than Canterbury have scored in Men’s EHL Conference East.  Phil Roper’s brace of penalty corner strikes makes him now the second highest scorer in the Conference with 17 goals.  This weekend, the league leaders are at Brooklands MU in a top of the table clash.  A Brooklands MU victory would almost certainly see them go top given their existing goal difference is superior to University of Durham, who are level on points.  Brooklands were 4-1 winners away at Olton & West Warwicks last weekend while Durham picked up three points courtesy of a 5-2 win at Doncaster.  This Saturday, University of Durham host Leek, who sit fourth. While Leek are a little further behind in points terms they will been desperate to take all three points and close the gap on the top three while extending that back to a fairly tight mid table.  Ben White netted a hat-trick last weekend for Leek in a 4-1 win over Preston.

Ali Ghazanfar continues to score the goals for Deeside Ramblers, who finally picked up their first win of the season in a 3-1 home defeat of bottom side Barford Tigers.  Ghazanfar’s hat-trick means he has netted 17 of Ramblers’ 27 league goals this season as they go into Saturday’s match at Belper.  Barford Tigers, still without a win, are at Doncaster while ninth placed Preston host Olton & West Warwickshire in seventh.

Men’s EHL Conference East
Just like Conference North, there were no changes at the top in Men’s EHL Conference North last weekend with wins for the top three; Canterbury, Wimbledon and Old Loughtonians.  David Mathews was again on target for Canterbury, who this weekend travel to Teddington.  The Kent league leaders are the only team across all four divisions of the Men’s England Hockey League not to have lost a match yet but still sit just one point ahead of their two closest challengers.  The first of those sides, Wimbledon, recorded a thumping 6-0 win over Indian Gymkhana last weekend with Great Britain Champions Trophy selectee Ben Hawes netting a hat-trick.  This week they are at fourth placed Holcombe, who sit four points behind and know a win would haul them into contention near the top.  They could already have been there had they not suffered defeat at Old Loughts last weekend and the Wimbledon fixture marks another tricky tie. 

Third place Old Loughtonians are also away, at bottom club Bromley & Beckenham.  The tenth placed club lost 4-2 at City of Peterborough but remain just two points behind Harleston Magpies who also lost last weekend.    City of Peterborough’s Gareth Andrew was on target twice more against Bromley & Beckenham and the former Cannock man sits second in the Conference East’s top scorers list, four behind Canterbury’s Mathews. This weekend, Peterborough are at Oxted, who sit just a point and a place behind them.  There is also one Sunday fixture this weekend.  Indian Gymkhana host Harleston Magpies.  If Holcombe don’t win at home to Wimbledon on Saturday tneh Indian Gymkhana could leapfrog them into fourth place come Sunday afternoon.

Men’s EHL Conference West
There’s a mouth watering grudge match in prospect at the top of the Men’s EHL Conference West this weekend as new league leaders Team Bath Buccaneers travel to deposed leaders University of Birmingham.  Bath went top last weekend after comprehensively beating fourth place Guildford 5-0 as University of Birmingham slipped to a 2-0 defeat at third place Havant. Should Team Bath Buccaneers win in the Midlands on Saturday, University of Birmingham could slide to third should Havant pick up three points on their travels to Whitchurch.  Whitchurch though won 3-1 away from home last weekend and although they sit seventh they are just two points off fourth.

At the bottom end of the table, Bournville added to the three points they won against Whitchurch a fortnight ago as they earned a point from their trip to Cardiff, and  it could have been more had Liam Brignull not equalised for the Welsh side three  minutes from the end.  Bournville are at home on Saturday against Cheltenham.  Three points separates eighth placed Cheltenham from the bottom club, although goal difference makes it unlikely the sides would swap places even with a Bournville victory.

Guildford’s defeat at Team Bath Buccaneers means they have lost ground in the title race but a home tie on Saturday gives them the chance to get back on track.  Ninth place Lichfield are the visitors.  Lichfield went down 4-2 at home to Fareham last weekend in a match that saw Conference West top scorer Craig Peel bag a hat-trick for the south coast side.  The goals took Peel to eight in eight for the season and puts Fareham firmly in the mid table tussle on 11 points, two behind fourth place Guildford and one ahead of Whitchurch in seventh.

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