Reading prepare for Beeston battle

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AFTER securing a comeback win over Canterbury last weekend, Reading have leaders Beeston in their sights in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Beeston suffered their first defeat of the season against Wimbledon last Sunday, and now they have to travel to third-placed Reading on Saturday as they aim to get back to winning ways.

Last weekend was certainly interesting for both clubs,” said Reading’s manager Chris Davey. “We made hard work of beating Canterbury but got the result in the end, but we’ve got lots of momentum from that and seeing Beeston trip up was good for us.

“It’s a confidence thing – if you win you carry on winning because you believe in yourselves more. We feel pretty confident and are looking forward to returning the complement having lost at Beeston narrowly earlier in the season.”

Meanwhile, East Grinstead entertain Canterbury and could close to within one point of Beeston if Reading do them a favour and beat the table-toppers, while Canterbury will want to get back to winning ways having thrown away a three goal lead last weekend.

Surbiton play host to Sheffield Hallam as they bid to hold on to fourth spot, while Wimbledon host Cannock as they search for a fifth consecutive league win. Finally, Hampstead and Westminster go to Loughborough Students.

In the NOW: Pensions Conference East, second-placed Holcombe host Oxted twice this weekend as they play their outstanding match, and could go clear at the top of the table. Elsewhere, current leaders Southgate host Brighton and Hove.

Cardiff & Met go to the University of Exeter in the NOW: Pensions Conference West, and could overtake leaders Team Bath if they win. For their part, the Buccaneers entertain strugglers Isca.

And in the NOW: Pensions Conference North, leaders Brooklands Manchester University host Khalsa, while second-placed Univ of Durham entertain Wakefield.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League

Saturday, November 30 2013

NOW: Pensions Conference East
Holcombe v Oxted 18:00


Sunday, December 1 2013

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

NOW: Pensions Conference East
Richmond v Teddington 13:30
Southgate v Brighton and Hove 13:30
St Albans v Bromley & Beckenham 14:00
Old Loughtonians v Cambridge City 14:30
Holcombe v Oxted 16:00

NOW: Pensions Conference North
West Bridgford v Leek 13:30
Univ of Durham v Wakefield 13:30
Brooklands MU v Khalsa (Warks) 13:45
Belper v Olton & West Warwickshire 14:00
Bowdon v Deeside Rambers 14:15

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