League double header for East Grinstead

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EAST Grinstead face a double header weekend which could see them challenge for top spot in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

They entertain Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday, before taking on Wimbledon at Saint Hill on Sunday. And Hampstead and Westminster could play a big part in the make-up of the league table, as they also play second-placed Reading on Sunday.

“It will be a tough weekend for two different reasons,” said East Grinstead manager Matt Jones. “Hampstead and Westminster are battling hard for their position in the table, and Wimbledon are in the running for a top four place.

“But we’re pleased to have seven players coming back into contention, including Ashley Jackson (pictured), Mark Gleghorne and Iain Lewers who are returning from the Hockey India League.

“However, with players coming back into the squad we don’t want to disrupt our fluidity because it’s about winning at all costs at this stage of the season.”

Elsewhere in the Premier Division Canterbury play host to leaders Beeston, while Surbiton will be aiming to hold on to fourth spot when they entertain Loughborough Students.

And bottom of the table Sheffield Hallam – who led against Beeston last weekend before late goals cost them the points – host eighth-placed Cannock in a vital match to both side’s hopes of avoiding relegation.

In the NOW: Pensions Conference East the top two play each other on Saturday evening with Holcombe hosting Southgate.

Leaders Brooklands Manchester University host Olton and West Warwickshire in the NOW: Pensions Conference North, while new leaders Cardiff and Met go to Guildford as they bid to hold on to top spot in the NOW: Pensions Conference West.

League Finals Weekend

The winners of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League and the Investec Women’s Hockey League will be crowned over two action-packed weekends at Reading Hockey Club in April. The top four Premier Division teams qualify for their respective finals weekends, laying off against each other to be crowned league champions.

The men’s finals will take place on the 5-6 April while the women will battle it out a week later from 12-13 April. Tickets are now available to purchase for both weekends, please visit www.englandhockey.co.uk/tickets

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, March 1 2014)

NOW: Pensions Premier Division
East Grinstead v Hampstead and Westminster 14:00

NOW: Pensions Conference East
Holcombe v Southgate 18:30

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, March 2 2014)

NOW: Pensions Premier Division
Canterbury v Beeston 12:45
East Grinstead v Wimbledon 14:00
Hampstead and Westminster v Reading 14:00
Sheffield Hallam v Cannock 13:30
Surbiton v Loughborough Students 14:00

NOW: Pensions Conference East
Brighton and Hove v Cambridge 13:00
Bromley and Beckenham v Teddington 13:00
Oxted v Old Loughtonians 12:45
St Albans v Richmond 14:00

NOW: Pensions Conference North
Brooklands Manchester University v Olton and West Warwickshire 13:45
Khalsa v University of Durham 14:30
Leek v Bowdon 14:00
Wakefield v Deeside Ramblers 14:00
West Bridgford v Belper 13:30

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