In-form Hampstead head to Surbiton

Hampstead's Richard Alexander and Will Naylor celebrate with Goalscorer Andy Hayward v Beeston, Oct 5 2014, credit Josh Dixon - 450

HAVING battled to a draw with champions Beeston last weekend, Hampstead and Westminster will travel to Sugden Road to play high-flying Surbiton in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Andy Hayward’s first half strike gave Hampstead the lead at Beeston, and only a Sam Ward goal in the second half ensured the spoils were shared. They will be looking to build on their great early form.

“It’s never going to be easy against Surbiton. They are looking very good, but Hampstead and Westminster are looking just as good and we’re ready to compete with the top teams and challenge for a top four spot,” said Hampstead and Westminster Manager Thea Hitchcock.

“It’s a very new team and it’s going to take time to get everybody up and running, but we had a good result against Beeston last week - they were surprised at how solid we were.”

Elsewhere, Beeston will be aiming to get back to winning ways with a home game against bottom club Brooklands Manchester University, while Canterbury and Cannock – who have both won just one of their first four games – face each other at Polo Farm.

Wimbledon host Reading in the day’s other match, while leaders East Grinstead are in European action this weekend so their match against Southgate is postponed.

The top two meet in the NOW: Pensions Conference West, with second-placed Team Bath Buccaneers playing host to leaders Cardiff and Met. With both teams boasting 100 per cent records, the match should be a cracker.

Elsewhere, Loughborough Students host Olton and West Warwickshire in the NOW: Pensions Conference North. Depending on other results, both sides could go top if they win.

Meanwhile, current leaders Bowdon head to Deeside Ramblers, while Sheffield Hallam – who were knocked off the top of the table by Bowdon last weekend – go to Doncaster.

And in the NOW: Pensions Conference East, new leaders Holcombe entertain third-placed West Herts, whilst Chichester Priory Park – who are also unbeaten – travelling to Bromley and Beckenham.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 11 2014)

NOW: Pensions Premier Division
Beeston v Brooklands Manchester Univ 14:00
Canterbury v Cannock 15:00
Surbiton v Hampstead & Westminster 17:00
Wimbledon v Reading 18:00

NOW: Pensions Conference West
Barford Tigers v Indian Gymkhana 16:00
Guildford v Fareham 14:00
Team Bath Buccaneers v Cardiff & Met 13:00
Univ of Birmingham v Univ of Exeter 12:30
Whitchurch v Cheltenham 13:00

NOW: Pensions Conference North
Deeside Ramblers v Bowdon 12:00
Doncaster v Sheffield Hallam 14:00
Loughborough Students v Olton & West Warwicks 14:30
Univ of Durham v Leek 12:00
Wakefield v Belper 15:00

NOW: Pensions Conference East
Bromley & Beckenham v Chichester Priory Park 14:00
Holcombe v West Herts 18:00
Old Loughtonians v Brighton and Hove 14:30
Oxted v Cambridge City 17:00
Richmond v Teddington 17:30