Clifton prepare for Canterbury battle

Clifton's Katie Holmes in action against Leicester, Sept 27 2014, credit Andrew Smith - 450

THE only team with a 100 per cent record still intact, Clifton play host to Canterbury in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Second half goals saw Clifton battle back from behind to beat Leicester last weekend, and they will be aiming to show that same fighting spirit as they tackle Canterbury.

“It will be a very difficult game for us,” said Clifton Head Coach Stephen Rixon. “Canterbury are the league champions and beat us in the play-offs so we know it’ll be tough, but I think both teams have got stronger since then.

“We have a resilient group of players, we’re mentally very strong and focused on our game plan and objectives – we showed that by the way we fought back from behind at Leicester.”

Elsewhere the team with the most potent attack and meanest defence so far, Surbiton travel to Leicester. Having scored ten goals in their first three games and conceded none, the reigning champions will start as favourites.

In other Premier Division action Holcombe go to Beeston on Saturday, while the University of Birmingham host Bowdon Hightown. On Sunday, Reading host Buckingham at Sonning Lane.

In the Investec Conference West, Slough are the only team with a 100 per cent record, and they head to Isca on Saturday.

Second-placed Gloucester City entertain bottom of the table Olton and West Warwicks, while Swansea City head to Southampton to play Trojans.

There are three unbeaten teams in the Investec Conference North, and two of them meet this Saturday with leaders Loughborough Students hosting Whitley Bay and Tynemouth. The other unbeaten team, Brooklands Poynton, are at home against the University of Durham.

It could all change in the Investec Conference East on Saturday. Unbeaten leaders East Grinstead head to Harleston Magpies, while Horsham – second only on goal difference – head to third-placed Sevenoaks.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 4 2014)

Investec Premier Division
Beeston v Holcombe 12:00
Clifton v Canterbury 13:00
Leicester v Surbiton 14:00
Univ of Birmingham v Bowdon Hightown 12:30

Investec Conference West
Bristol Firebrands v Stourport 12:00
Cheltenham v Oxford Hawks 12:30
Gloucester City v Olton & West Warwicks 12:30
Isca v Slough 12:00
Trojans v Swansea City 12:00

Investec Conference North
Brooklands Poynton v Univ of Durham 12:00
Loughborough Students v Whitley Bay & Tynemouth 12:30
Liverpool Sefton v Cannock 12:30
Sutton Coldfield v Ben Rhydding 14:00
Wakefield v Kendal 13:00

Investec Conference East
Bedford v St Albans 13:00
East Grinstead v Harleston Magpies 13:30
Ipswich v Chelmsford 18:00
Maidenhead v Wimbledon 13:30
Sevenoaks v Horsham 12:00

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 5 2014)

Investec Premier Division
Reading v Buckingham 12:30