New-look Reading head to Beeston

Reading's Richard Springham v Surbiton, Sept 2014, by Tim Reder - 450

WITH just one win from four matches so far, Reading will be looking for an upturn in their fortunes when they host reigning champions Beeston in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

The two sides met in the play-off semi finals at the end of last season, when Beeston ran out 4-2 winners on their way to victory while Reading missed out on bronze.

“Beeston is always an important game, because they won the league last year,” said new Head Coach Andy Watts. “We played them in pre-season and hope to have improved since then.

“We had a really good game last week and played superbly, it was probably our strongest performance of the season so far. So Beeston will be a very good test to see where we’re at now with a new coach, new captain and new faces.”

Meanwhile East Grinstead – who top the table despite having a game in hand following their European matches last weekend – travel to Hampstead and Westminster as they bid to hold on to top spot.

Surbiton play host to Canterbury, while Wimbledon are targeting the top four with a home clash against bottom of the table Brooklands Manchester University.

And in the day’s other top-flight clash, Southgate entertain Cannock with both teams looking for points to move away from the lower reaches of the table.

The League Committee have considered last Saturday’s Wimbledon – Reading game, which was abandoned when the floodlights failed with nine minutes remaining. The score at the time was 2-0 to Reading and the Committee agreed that this result shall stand. The goals scored - Tom Carson 22 (PC) and Richard Mantell 28 (PC) - and any cards received will be included in league records. Wimbledon have the opportunity to appeal against this ruling.

In the NOW: Pensions Conference West Team Bath Buccaneers knocked Cardiff and Met off the top of the table with a 2-0 win last Saturday, and they will want to retain their unbeaten record when they head to the University of Birmingham on Sunday.

Cardiff will be aiming to bounce back as they entertain bottom of the table Guildford, and third-placed Fareham go to Cheltenham.

Bowdon are the only unbeaten team in the NOW: Pensions Conference North, and they entertain University of Durham on Saturday. Second plays third as Sheffield Hallam host Olton and West Warwickshire.

Holcombe continue to dominate the NOW: Pensions Conference East with an average of almost six goals per game so far. They will want to maintain that record when they head to Teddington.

Elsewhere, league newcomers Chichester Priory Park, who suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend, entertain West Herts this Sunday.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 19 2014)

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

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

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

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

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