Unbeaten two face off in Premier Division

Chris Grassick of Surbiton v Southgate, Sept 20 2014, credit Tim Reder - 450

Both unbeaten after two matches, Surbiton host reigning champions and current leaders Beeston in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday afternoon.

Four teams have 100 per cent records at this early stage, but that will change following the match at Sugden Road (2.30pm start).

Surbiton should prove tough opponents, having beaten Reading and Southgate in their first two matches, while Beeston’s wins were against Canterbury and Wimbledon.

“We’ve made a steady start and we’re in a good place, but we’re still trying to change some things about the way we play,” said Surbiton Manager James Lloyd. “We’ve got several new faces in the team, but we’re happy with the direction we’re travelling.

“We know Beeston are the champions, but it’s just another game. We have to treat every opponent with the same degree of respect in this league, because there are no weak teams.”

The game is part of a double-header of action at Surbiton, with the women’s side also taking on Beeston at midday in the Investec Premier Division.

Elsewhere, Hampstead and Westminster entertain Cannock as they bid to make it three wins from three, while East Grinstead, the other team with two wins under their belt, go to Brooklands Manchester University.

At Snakes Lane, Southgate play host to a Wimbledon side who led against Beeston last weekend, before succumbing to three unanswered goals. Reading will play host to Canterbury in an evening game, due to start at 18:30.

Both Loughborough Students and Bowdon are targeting the top of the NOW: Pensions Conference North when they meet on Saturday, while leaders Sheffield Hallam head to the University of Durham.

Newcomers Chichester Priory Park will want to maintain their unbeaten start to the season in the NOW: Pensions Conference East when they go to Teddington. Meanwhile, leaders Holcombe play host to Cambridge City.

And in the NOW: Pensions Conference West, leaders Cardiff and Met host the University of Birmingham, while Team Bath Buccaneers entertain Whitchurch.

* Above photo of Surbiton’s Chris Grassick is by Tim Reder.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League

Saturday, September 27 2014

NOW: Pensions Premier Division
Brooklands Manchester Univ v East Grinstead 13:30
Hampstead and Westminster v Cannock 14:00
Reading v Canterbury 18:30
Southgate v Wimbledon 14:30
Surbiton v Beeston 14:30

NOW: Pensions Conference West
Cardiff and Met v Univ of Birmingham 13:00
Cheltenham v Barford Tigers 12:30
Fareham v Indian Gymkhana 13:30
Team Bath Buccaneers v Whitchurch 13:00
Univ of Exeter v Guildford 12:30

NOW: Pensions Conference North
Belper v Olton & West Warwicks 12:30
Bowdon v Loughborough Students 13:45
Doncaster v Wakefield 14:00
Leek v Deeside Ramblers 14:00
Univ of Durham v Sheffield Hallam 12:00

NOW: Pensions Conference East
Holcombe v Cambridge City 18:00
Old Loughtonians v Bromley & Beckenham 16:30
Richmond v Brighton and Hove 12:00
Teddington v Chichester Priory Park 13:45
West Herts v Oxted 14:00