Top two set for Premier Division clash

Sam Quek and Nicola White celebrate the winning goal for Holcombe in the Investec Premier Division game between Beeston and Holcombe, Oct 4 2014, credit David Kissman - 450

High-flying Holcombe play host to leaders Surbiton in what could prove a crucial match for both sides in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Holcombe moved up to second following last weekend’s 6-0 win at Buckingham, and are now four points behind Surbiton – the only other unbeaten side in the league so far.

“We’ve been a little bit inconsistent in our play and delivery, so this is another opportunity to bed down our style,” said Holcombe coach Kevin Johnson.

“Everything is new to us in the Premier Division and we’re still getting to know the opposition. We’ve stuttered a bit so far and I know we can play better, but it’s also a positive for us because the opposition are sizing us up too and don’t know what to expect.”

Having dropped to third following their defeat to Surbiton last weekend, Canterbury will want to get back to winning ways when they host Bowdon Hightown. Clifton, who similarly dropped down the table to fourth, entertain Beeston.

Reading moved up to fifth following their 5-2 win over Beeston last weekend, and they could climb higher if they can win at Leicester.

Finally, Buckingham face the University of Birmingham in the top flight’s other match.

Unbeaten leaders Slough head to Bristol Firebrands in the Investec Conference West on Saturday, while second-placed Swansea City are at home against Oxford Hawks.

There are three teams all level on 13 points in the Investec Conference North, and two of them go head to head on Saturday with leaders Brooklands Poynton travelling to third-placed Wakefield. Meanwhile, second-placed Sutton Coldfield head to the University of Durham.

East Grinstead will be aiming to preserve their narrow lead in the Investec Conference East with a win over hosts Maidenhead, while St Albans – who are level on points with the Sussex side – are at home against Wimbledon. At the other end of the table Bedford, who are bottom, travel to ninth-placed Ipswich.

* Above photo of Holcombe players celebrating a goal is by David Kissman.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 25 2014)

Investec Premier Division
Canterbury v Bowdon Hightown 11:45
Buckingham v Univ of Birmingham 12:00
Clifton v Beeston 13:00
Leicester v Reading 14:00
Holcombe v Surbiton 16:00

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

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

Investec Conference East
Chelmsford v Sevenoaks 14:00
Harleston Magpies v Horsham 14:00
Ipswich v Bedford 14:00
St Albans v Wimbledon 18:00
Maidenhead v East Grinstead 13:30

Investec Women’s Cup, Round Three (Sunday, October 26 2014)

Bedford v Buckingham 11:30
Boots v Ben Rhydding 14:00
Brooklands Poynton v Doncaster 12:00
Chelmsford v Sevenoaks 14:00
Clifton v Slough 11:30
Gloucester City v Taunton Vale 12:30
Hampstead & Westminster v Surbiton 12:00
Holcombe v East Grinstead 12:00
Leamington v Liverpool Sefton 14:00
Lincoln Roses v Didsbury Northern 14:00
Loughborough Students v Beeston 12:30
Oxford Hawks v Lewes 13:00
Sutton Coldfield v Bowdon Hightown 13:30
Tulse Hill and Dulwich v Havant 13:45
Univ of Birmingham v Cannock 12:30
Wakefield v Leicester 13:00