East Grinstead target top of the table

East Grinstead  Ashley Jackson, Sept 2013 - 450

EAST Grinstead are targeting the top of the table in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division this Saturday, as they play host to strugglers Loughborough Students.

With leaders Beeston playing Cardiff & Met in the Euro Hockey League, the Sussex side could go top if they get a victory. And while Beeston will have a game in hand it will provide an important psychological boost.

“It’s a good opportunity to try and bank another three points, which is vital at this time of the season as we try to build a good foundation. With Loughborough looking like they’re struggling we need to make the most of our chances.

“We will be looking to move on from our performance against Hampstead and Westminster last weekend, and we were very pleased with the return of Mark Gleghorne after a long and painful rehab from his foot injury. Hopefully he will be back on form for this weekend.”

Elsewhere, Reading could also go top if they can overcome a Sheffield Hallam side who notched up their first ever Premier Division victory last weekend.

And Hampstead and Westminster will want to beat visitors Cannock to keep their place in the top half of the table. Finally, bottom of the table Canterbury host a Wimbledon side who could overtake Hampstead if they win.

Fareham entertain University of Exeter in the NOW: Pensions Conference West, and could go top if they win with leaders Cardiff and Met playing Premier Division leaders Beeston in the Euro Hockey League this weekend.

Southgate will want to preserve their 100 per cent record in the NOW: Pensions Conference East when they travel to St Albans on Saturday.  Teddington have been deducted six points for fielding an unregistered player. This decision was made by the IWHL/NPMHL committee and is in respect of Ted Bennett  who was not registered with the NPMHL but played in their games against St Albans on 28 September and Holcombe on 6 October. The club were also fined. The club can appeal against this penalties.

In the NOW: Pensions Conference North bottom of the table West Bridgford play host to leaders University of Durham, and second-placed Bowdon head to Wakefield, where a victory could put them top.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 12 2013)

NOW: Pensions Premier Division
Canterbury v Wimbledon 18:00
East Grinstead v Loughborough Students 14:00
Hampstead & Westminster v Cannock 14:00
Sheffield Hallam v Reading 18:30

NOW: Pensions Conference East
Brighton and Hove v Teddington 15:30
Bromley & Beckenham v Cambridge City 12:30
Holcombe v Old Loughtonians 18:00
Oxted v Richmond 15:00
St Albans v Southgate 18:00

NOW: Pensions Conference North
Brooklands MU v Deeside Ramblers 13:30
Khalsa (Warks) v Olton & West Warwickshire 14:30
Leek v Belper 14:00
Wakefield v Bowdon 15:30
West Bridgford v Univ of Durham 13:30

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