Top two teams prepare for battle

Canterbury's Mel Clewlow v Buckingham, Oct 11 2014, credit Peter Savage - 450

CANTERBURY travel to Surbiton’s Sugden Road base as the top two meet in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Both sides are unbeaten heading into the match, and both have displayed impressive form so far this season.

They last met in the league final back in April, when Surbiton ran out 3-0 winners, but Canterbury will want to erase that memory and take top spot away from their rivals.

“Surbiton are our big rivals, having missed out in the final to them,” said Canterbury captain Grace Balsdon. “We want to win the title and we’ll have to beat them to do that. But as last year, we’re taking it one game at a time and seeing where we end up.”

Elsewhere, third-placed Clifton , who lost for the first time this season at Surbiton last weekend, will be looking to get their season back on track when they visit the University of Birmingham. However Birmingham lie fifth after a good start to the campaign and a win for them would see them go above Clifton.

Holcombe are unbeaten so far, and go to Buckingham in a bid to preserve that record and stay in the top four.

Reading could move into the top four if they beat visitors Beeston and other results go in their favour, while Bowdon Hightown host Leicester in the day’s other match in the top flight.

Investec Conference West leaders Slough play host to Oxford Hawks on Saturday. The two teams are the only unbeaten sides left in the table, although Slough have won all five of their matches so far, while the Hawks have drawn three times and lie fourth.

Sutton Coldfield play host to Loughborough Students in the Investec Conference North, with both sides targeting top spot. Meanwhile, current leaders Wakefield bid to keep hold of their narrow lead with a trip to Liverpool Sefton.

Leaders East Grinstead are at home against Ipswich in the Investec Conference East, while St Albans – the only other unbeaten team left - could go top if they win at Sevenoaks.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 18 2014)

Investec Premier Division
Buckingham v Holcombe 12:00
Univ of Birmingham v Clifton 12:30
Reading v Beeston 13:30
Bowdon Hightown v Leicester 13:45
Surbiton v Canterbury 14:00

Investec Conference West
Trojans v Gloucester City 12:00
Swansea City v Olton & West Warwicks 12:00
Cheltenham v Bristol Firebrands 12:30
Slough v Oxford Hawks 13:00
Stourport v Isca 14:30

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

Investec Conference East
Sevenoaks v St Albans 12:00
Bedford v Harleston Magpies 13:00
East Grinstead v Ipswich 13:30
Chelmsford v Maidenhead 14:00
Horsham v Wimbledon 14:00

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