In-form Surbiton face Canterbury

Cannock v Canterbury (pic by Andy Smith) - 450

IN-form Surbiton will be aiming to close the gap to the top three teams in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division when they travel to Canterbury on Saturday.

Last season’s Championship runners-up, Surbiton have lost just once this season (to current leaders Beeston) and boast the meanest defence in the league with just seven goals conceded in their first six matches.

“We’re building up for a big weekend, with Canterbury on Saturday then Cannock on Sunday in the Cup,” said Surbiton Manager James Lloyd.

“It will be tough against Canterbury, but we’re confident. The travel doesn’t affect us much, we deal with away games quite well and it’s only an hour or so down the road.

“We’ve put a lot of effort into all aspects of our game, defence being one of them, but we have done a lot of training in defence and have the same set-up as last season, apart from a new centre half in front of them.”

Elsewhere, Beeston will be aiming to preserve their 100 per cent record when they go to Hampstead and Westminster, while East Grinstead could go top if they beat visitors Cannock and Beeston slip up.

In the day’s other Premier Division match, Loughborough Students host Wimbledon.

Victory over Fareham last weekend brought Team Bath Buccaneers within sight of the top of the NOW: Pensions Conference West, and they could go top if they beat Indian Gymkhana this Saturday. But leaders Cardiff will be aiming to retain their unbeaten record when they go to Fareham.

Bowdon travel to Olton and West Warwickshire in the NOW: Pensions Conference North, knowing that victory could see them go top. Leaders University of Durham dropped their first points in a 3-3 draw with Khalsa last weekend, and w2ill want to get back to winning ways when they play host to Belper.

Second-placed Holcombe play host to Bromley and Beckenham in the NOW: Pensions Conference East on Saturday, with top spot potentially up for grabs if leaders Southgate lose at Oxted. Meanwhile, in-form Teddington are at home against Cambridge City.

Bromley & Beckenham have been penalised for fielding an ineligble player in their matches against Old Loughtonians and Cambridge City on 6 & 12 October which they drew and won respectively. The player concerned is Peter Dobson who had previously played in Australia whilst still registered with Bromley & Beckenham. The club have been deducted the four points earned in the two games and have also been fined £50. The club may appeal against the decision. The player has now been re-registered in line with NPMHL regulations.     

* photo courtesy of Andy Smith.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League  (Saturday, October 26 2013)

NOW: Pensions Premier Division
Canterbury v Surbiton 14:00
East Grinstead v Cannock 14:00
Hampstead and Westminster v Beeston 14:00
Loughborough Students v Wimbledon 14:00

NOW: Pensions Conference East
Brighton and Hove v Richmond 15:30
Holcombe v Bromley and Beckenham 14:30
Oxted v Southgate 13:00
St Albans v Old Loughtonians 13:00
Teddington v Cambridge City 13:45

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

NOW: Pensions Conference West
Fareham v Cardiff & Met 13:30
Guildford v Havant 12:00
Indian Gymkhana v Team Bath Buccaneers 14:00
Isca v Univ of Exeter 18:00
Univ of Birmingham v Cheltenham 14:30