In-form Wimbledon go to East Grinstead

Wimbledon's Henry Weir v Brooklands, Oct 19 2014, credit Matt Henderson - 450


Wimbledon moved up to fourth in the NOW: Pensions Hockey League Premier Division last weekend, and they will be aiming to continue their good form when they travel to East Grinstead on Saturday.

They were trailing two-nil last weekend before a superb comeback saw them beat Brooklands Manchester University 3-2, and that fighting spirit could come in handy against the league leaders this weekend.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge,” said Wimbledon’s Director of Hockey Ben Marsden. “We had a good second half performance against Brooklands, and going to East Grinstead I won’t have to try too hard to get the players motivated, that’s for sure!

“Fighting back like that was great for team morale, and we learned a lot about ourselves. Fourth in the table is our highest ever position and we’re determined to stay here.”

This week it is the turn of second-placed Surbiton to face Brooklands, while third-placed Beeston – who like Wimbledon had to fight back from two goals down before beating Reading last weekend – head to Midlands rivals Cannock.

In other Premier Division action Hampstead and Westminster go to Reading and Canterbury entertain Southgate with the home teams knowing they need to avoid defeat to prevent a five-point gap opening up between them and safety.

In the NOW: Pensions Conference West, Indian Gymkhana face a tough task as they head to leaders Team Bath Buccaneers who boast a 100 per cent record to date. Second-placed Cardiff and Met entertain third-placed Cheltenham.

Leaders Bowdon welcome Doncaster in the NOW: Pensions Conference North, while second-placed Olton and West Warwickshire play Leek.

Unbeaten Holcombe will be aiming to continue their great start to the NOW: Pensions Conference East when they take on Richmond. Holcombe have a six-point lead at the top ahead of second-placed Chichester Priory Park who head to Cambridge City. After winning their first four games, Chichester will be aiming to end their two-match losing streak.

* Above photo of Wimbledon's Henry Weir is by Matt Henderson

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 25 2014)

NOW: Pensions Premier Division
Canterbury v Southgate 15:00
Reading v Hampstead & Westminster 16:30
East Grinstead v Wimbledon 18:00
Brooklands Manchester Univ v Surbiton 12:00
Cannock v Beeston 18:00

NOW: Pensions Conference West
Team Bath Buccaneers v Indian Gymkhana 13:00
Fareham v Univ of Exeter 13:30
Barford Tigers v Univ of Birmingham 14:00
Guildford v Whitchurch 14:00
Cardiff & Met v Cheltenham 19:30

NOW: Pensions Conference North
Univ of Durham v Deeside Ramblers 12:00
Olton & West Warwicks v Leek 13:30
Sheffield Hallam v Belper 13:30
Bowdon v Doncaster 13:45
Wakefield v Loughborough Students 15:00

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

NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup, round three (Sunday, October 26 2014)
Barford Tigers v Bournville 13:00
Beeston v Hampton-in-Arden 12:45
Belper v Deeside Ramblers 14:00
Brighton and Hove v Team Bath Buccaneers 13:00
Brooklands Manchester Univ v Alderley Edge 14:00
Cannock v Bowdon 14:00
Canterbury v Old Loughtonians 12:30
Chelmsford v Surbiton 12:00
Hampstead & Westminster v Reading 14:30
Havant v Indian Gymkhana 14:00
Henley v Chichester Priory Park 13:30
Holcombe v Univ of Cambridge 14:00
Rugby & East Warwicks v City of Peterborough 12:00
Truro v Robinson’s 12:30
West Herts v Southgate 14:30
West Bridgford v Sheffield Hallam 13:30