Surbiton face leaders Beeston

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THE only two unbeaten teams remaining in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division, second-placed Surbiton take on leaders Beeston on Sunday.

Last season’s champions Beeston proved too strong for East Grinstead last weekend, and they will want to preserve their 100 per cent record when they entertain the London side at Highfields.

For their part, Surbiton dropped their first points last weekend when they fought from two goals down at half time to salvage a point from a 2-2 draw against Wimbledon.

And with both Beeston and Surbiton playing in the Euro Hockey League in a week, this Sunday’s clash will give both teams one final chance to hone their skills prior to travelling to Barcelona.

“We may use one or two players who need to get up to speed in preparation for Europe,” said Beeston manager Graham Griffiths. “We’ve got a squad of 18 going to Barcelona, so it’s important to give game time to as many as possible.

“But we also recognise that the game against Surbiton is important. We don’t want to risk our 100 per cent record. We’ve had such a tough start with Reading, East Grinstead and Surbiton, but it’s been great preparation for Europe for us.”

Meanwhile, Surbiton Manager James Lloyd said: “We’ve played Beeston many times and we know each other inside out. There’s not a lot of analysis to be done. We are approaching this game just like any other.”

Elsewhere, East Grinstead will be aiming to get back to winning ways after their defeat by Beeston with a trip to Hampstead and Westminster, while Reading go to Wimbledon on the back of two good wins last weekend – over Cannock in the league and Oxford Hawks in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup.

Loughborough Students play host to a Sheffield Hallam side who are still looking for their first points, but who have battled well in their first three matches. And Cannock host Canterbury as they look for their first win.

In the NOW: Pensions Conference East, leaders Southgate will be aiming for a fourth consecutive win when they entertain Richmond. And in-form Holcombe will also be looking to preserve a 100 per cent record as they head to Teddington.

Table-topping University of Durham host Leek in the NOW: Pensions Conference North, while the other unbeaten team, Bowdon, entertain Khalsa (Warks).

Cardiff & Met will be looking for preserve their 100 per cent record in the NOW: Pensions Conference West when they play University of Birmingham at Sophie Gardens.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 6 2013)

NOW: Pensions Premier Division
Beeston v Surbiton 14:00
Cannock v Canterbury 14:00
Hampstead & Westminster v East Grinstead 14:00
Loughborough Students v Sheffield Hallam 14:00
Wimbledon v Reading 14:00

NOW: Pensions Conference East
Brighton and Hove v St Albans 13:00
Cambridge City v Oxted 12:30
Old Loughtonians v Bromley & Beckenham 14:30
Southgate v Richmond 13:30
Teddington v Holcombe 14:00

NOW: Pensions Conference North
Belper v Brooklands MU 14:00
Bowdon v Khalsa (Warks) 14:30
Deeside Ramblers v West Bridgford 13:30
Olton & West Warwicks v Wakefield 13:30
Univ of Durham v Leek 13:30

NOW: Pensions Conference West
Cardiff & Met v Univ of Birmingham 13:00
Cheltenham v Fareham 12:30
Guildford v Isca 12:00
Havant v Indian Gymkhana 14:00
Univ of Exeter v Team Bath Buccaneers 12:30