Rivals prepare for NOW: Pensions Premier Division clash

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EAST Grinstead travel to Reading in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday, with both sides aiming to cement their place in the top four.

Currently second, East Grinstead could go top if they win and leaders Beeston slip up at Loughborough Students, while Reading – who could only draw with Surbiton last weekend – will want to get back to winning ways.

“It’s always a great match between us with a cavalcade of internationals on show for both sides,” said East Grinstead Manager Matt Jones. “I think both sides are virtually at full strength so it should be a great match.

“They are always very tight affairs, but we always seem to bang in a few goals between us. We’ve shown good form in front of goal so far this season, and we will be aiming to carry that on.”

Unbeaten leaders Beeston face bottom of the table Loughborough Students, while Surbiton will be aiming to stay in the top four when they play host to a Cannock side who beat them 4-0 in the Cup a fortnight ago.

Canterbury could move into the top four if they beat Sheffield Hallam, while Hampstead and Westminster are in a similar position as they go to Wimbledon.

Bowdon dropped to third in the NOW: Pensions Conference North when they lost their last match, but they will move back up if they can beat Brooklands MU on Sunday. Meanwhile, leaders University of Durham face a Deeside Ramblers side who are still looking for their first league win.

And in the NOW: Pensions Conference West, Team Bath Buccaneers host Cheltenham, while second-placed Cardiff and Met will be aiming to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Indian Gymkhana when they go to Isca.

Teddington’s appeal against their deduction of six points for fielding an ineligible player was considered by the England Hockey Appeals Panel and the penalty has been reduced to two points. This means that Teddington are now second in the NOW: Pensions Conference East on 14 points and could go top, for 24 hours at least, if they win at Oxted on Saturday evening.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League

Saturday, November 9 2013

NOW: Pensions Conference East
Oxted v Teddington 17:00

Sunday, November 10 2013

NOW: Pensions Premier Division
Canterbury v Sheffield Hallam 12:45
Beeston v Loughborough Students 14:00
Surbiton v Cannock 14:00
Wimbledon v Hampstead & Westminster 14:00
Reading v East Grinstead 14:30

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

NOW: Pensions Conference North
Belper v Wakefield 12:00
Deeside Ramblers v Univ of Durham 13:30
West Bridgford v Olton & West Warwicks 13:30
Leek v Khalsa (Warks) 14:00
Bowdon v Brooklands MU 14:15

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