Battling Beeston face busy weekend

Ben Arnold, Beeston-450

AFTER 15 consecutive victories, Beeston go into this weekend hoping to make it 17 in a row with away games in the Men’s Hockey League and Men’s Cup.

They travel to Southgate on Saturday, before heading back North to take on Bowdon in the Men’s Cup on Sunday.

“We’re doing OK,” said Manager Graham Griffiths. “We’ve had 15 matches now in the League, Europe and friendlies, and we’ve won them all, scored 107 goals and conceded just 13.

“We’re entering a different phase of the season now, we’ve got a tricky weekend with matches away in London and Manchester, so we will be using the whole squad of 29 players this weekend.

“But if someone had told me we would be doing so well at this stage of the season, I would’ve shook his hand and given him ten quid!”

Meanwhile, third-placed Cannock will be aiming to close the gap to the top two when they play at Hampstead and Westminster, while the day’s only other Premier Division match sees Loughborough Students play host to Brooklands MU.

The matches involving Reading and East Grinstead, away to Surbiton and home to Canterbury respectively, have been rescheduled due to the former pairing’s participation in the Euro Hockey League.

While Men’s Conference North leaders Bowdon play host to Beeston in the Men’s Cup on Sunday, they have a tough clash the previous day when they travel to third-placed University of Durham.

And second-placed Sheffield Hallam could go top if they win at Preston and Bowdon lose out.

After losing their unbeaten record last weekend, Guildford will be aiming to bounce back to winning ways in the Men’s Conference West when they travel to leaders Team Bath Buccaneers on Saturday.

Meanwhile, second-placed Cardiff and UWIC go to Cheltenham.

And in the Men’s Conference East in-form Old Loughtonians entertain leaders Wimbledon, while Holcombe could go top of the table if they beat Teddington on Saturday evening.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 27 2012)

Premier Division
Hampstead & Westminster v Cannock 14:00
Loughborough Students v Brooklands MU 14:00
Southgate v Beeston 14:00

Conference East
Bromley & Beckenham v Cambridge City 12:30
Holcombe v Teddington 18:00
Indian Gymkhana v Richmond 16:30
Old Loughtonians v Wimbledon 17:30
Oxted v City of Peterborough 17:00

Conference North
Doncaster v Belper 14:00
Khalsa (Warks) v Wakefield 14:30
Olton & West Warwicks v Leek 13:30
Preston v Sheffield Hallam 13:30
Univ of Durham v Bowdon 12:00

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

Men’s Cup (Sunday, October 28 2012)
Belper v Woking 13:30
Bowdon v Beeston 14:00
Bromley & Beckenham v Yeovil & Sherborne 13:00
Canterbury v Cannock 12:45
Havant v Holcombe 14:00
Long Sutton v Oxton 13:30
Oxford Hawks v Sheffield Univ Bankers 13:00
Preston v Edgbaston 14:00
Sevenoaks v Oxted 14:00
Surbiton v Isca 14:00
St Albans v Sutton Coldfield 14:30
Univ of Birmingham v Hampstead & Westminster 12:00
Univ of Cambridge v City of Peterborough 12:30
Waltham Forest v Norwich City 13:00
West Hampstead v Spencer 12:30

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