Surbiton head to East Grinstead in NOW: Pensions Premier Division

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TWO top four sides do battle in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday, with second-placed East Grinstead playing host to fourth-placed Surbiton.

After battling to a hard-earned 4-4 draw with rivals Reading last weekend, East Grinstead will be aiming to get back to winning ways and keep pace with leaders Beeston, who now have a five-point lead.

But Surbiton (pictured) – who also drew with Reading a fortnight ago - will be similarly determined to take the points and maintain their spot in the top four.

Elsewhere Reading – who have the meanest defence in the Division with just 13 goals conceded – will hope for their first win in three matches when they travel to bottom of the table Loughborough Students, who have just one win so far this season.

But having lost by just one goal to leaders Beeston last weekend, Loughborough will be aiming to snatch a valuable win and climb the table.

Wimbledon climbed to sixth on the back of a 4-0 win over Hampstead and Westminster last weekend, and they could step up to fifth if they can beat fellow Premier Division newcomers Sheffield Hallam this Saturday.

Canterbury travel to Hampstead and Westminster in the Division’s final match. The Kent side have won three of their last four matches, while Hampstead haven’t won a league match in over a month.

With four victories in a row, Team Bath Buccaneers will want to make it five and consolidate their lead in the NOW: Pensions Conference West when they head to bottom of the table Guildford on Saturday.

Meanwhile, second-placed Cardiff & Met entertain Havant as they maintain the pressure on Team Bath.

The only team with an unbeaten record in the table, University of Durham host Bowdon in the NOW: Pensions Conference North. Meanwhile, second-placed Brooklands MU entertain strugglers West Bridgford and could overtake Durham if they slip up.

And in the NOW: Pensions Conference East, Teddington - who are unbeaten in their last seven league matches - will aim to make it eight when they play host to Old Loughtonians.

Leaders Southgate entertain Bromley and Beckenham, with second-placed Holcombe facing Richmond.

* Bromley & Beckenham’s appeal against their deduction of four points for fielding an ineligible player was recently considered by the England Hockey Appeals Panel and the penalty has been reduced to three points.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 16 2013):

NOW: Pensions Premier Division
Cannock v Beeston 14:00
East Grinstead v Surbiton 17:30
Hampstead and Westminster v Canterbury 14:00
Loughborough Students v Reading 14:00
Sheffield Hallam v Wimbledon 13:30

NOW: Pensions Conference East
Brighton and Hove v Oxted 14:00
Cambridge City v St Albans 12:00
Holcombe v Richmond 18:00
Southgate v Bromley and Beckenham 17:00
Teddington v Old Loughtonians 12:30

NOW: Pensions Conference North
Brooklands MU v West Bridgford 12:00
Khalsa (Warks) v Belper 14:30
Olton and West Warwickshire v Deeside Ramblers 13:30
Univ of Durham v Bowdon 12:00
Wakefield v Leek 17:00

NOW: Pensions Conference West
Cardiff & Met v Havant 13:00
Cheltenham v Indian Gymkhana 14:30
Fareham v Isca 17:00
Guildford v Team Bath Buccaneers 12:00
Univ of Exeter v Univ of Birmingham 18:00