Euro clubs in Men's Hockey League action

Reading celebrate winning the Men's Hockey League 2011-2012


AFTER their heroics in the Euro Hockey League over recent weeks, the top teams from the Men’s Hockey League play their re-arranged matches this weekend.

And with the top two teams in the latest Premier Division table both in action, it could give them chance to extend the gap to the chasing pack.

Table-topping Beeston travel to Loughborough on Friday evening for a match starting at 8pm.

Last weekend they notched up two victories, over Southgate in the league and Bowdon in the Cup, which stretched their winning run in all competitions to 17.

Meanwhile Loughborough Students will be aiming to build on the 5-2 win they recorded over Brooklands MU last weekend which lifted them up to fourth in the table.

Second-placed Canterbury are also on the road, travelling to Saint Hill Road to play hosts East Grinstead .

After a good start to the season which saw them win their first two matches, East Grinstead have suffered a spate of injuries and are without a win in their last four league matches.

And later on Saturday evening, bottom of the table Surbiton play host to Reading (7pm start) with both sides desperate for points – Surbiton because they want to avoid the drop, and Reading because they want to keep pace with the top four.

Finally, Sunday sees the only other league match taking place in the Conference East, with Richmond entertaining Bromley and Beckenham.

Only rearranged matches are taking place this weekend as the Futures Cup takes place at Cannock.

The tournament sees more than 300 of the country's most promising young players, officials and coaches participate in a tournament designed to replicate the professional environment of an international hockey tournament.

As well as providing the young participants with vital tournament experience, the Futures Cup offers them an opportunity to showcase their abilities to the coaches of the England Hockey U16 and U18 teams, who will be in attendance.