Free-scoring Beeston face East Grinstead

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THE only unbeaten team left in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division, Beeston face a tough match against East Grinstead on Sunday.

High-scoring Beeston, who have 20 goals from their first three matches, will need to be on their guard against an East Grinstead side who want to bounce back from a shock 3-1 defeat at home against Brooklands last weekend.

With several top players unavailable, East Grinstead went down fighting to Brooklands, but manager Matt Jones thinks his side are well capable of returning to winning ways.

“We still have some players out, but some will return like Niall Stott [pictured], who is a quality player,” he said.

“Beeston are doing very well and have been putting the goals away quite freely, but ultimately Sunday’s match will come down to fitness and the X factor that star players can bring on the day.”

Second-placed Canterbury will be aiming to replicate their 6-0 win last weekend when they go to Surbiton, while Loughborough Students will be aiming to bounce back from that drubbing when they hosts Cannock.

Finally, Southgate will be looking for their first win of the season when they go to Reading.

After battling to a 1-1 draw with leaders Guildford last weekend, Cheltenham will be aiming to boost their campaign in the Men’s Conference West when they go to University of Exeter on Sunday.

One of just two teams who have not been beaten so far, Cheltenham lie fifth in the early table but have hopes of leaping up the table on the back of a win.

Meanwhile, Guildford entertain Fareham at Broadwater School.

The top two in the Men’s Conference North, Belper and Sheffield Hallam do battle at Abbeydale Park on Sunday.

Meanwhile, University of Durham are also targeting the lead and travel to Olton and West Warwickshire.

Similarly, the top two clubs in the Men’s Conference East are due to meet, with Holcombe playing host to leaders Wimbledon on Saturday.

And the only other unbeaten team in that league, Bromley and Beckenham go to City of Peterborough on Sunday.


Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 7 2012)

Premier Division
Beeston v East Grinstead 14:00
Brooklands MU v Hampstead & Westminster 14:00
Loughborough Students v Cannock 14:00
Reading v Southgate 14:30
Surbiton v Canterbury 14:00

Conference East
(Sat) Holcombe v Wimbledon 18:00
City of Peterborough v Bromley and Beckenham 13:00
Indian Gymkhana v Cambridge City 14:00
Richmond v Oxted 13:30
Teddington v Old Loughtonians 14:30

Conference North
Bowdon v Doncaster 14:00
Leek v Khalsa (Warks) 14:00
Olton & West Warwickshire v University of Durham 13:30
Preston v Wakefield 14:00
Sheffield Hallam v Belper 13:30

Conference West
Guildford v Fareham 12:00
Team Bath Buccaneers v Bristol Firebrands 13:00
University of Birmingham v Havant 12:30
University of Exeter v Cheltenham 12:30
Whitchurch v Cardiff & UWIC 13:00