Champs Beeston take on leaders East Grinstead

Beeston players celebrating v Brooklands, Oct 11 2014, credit Josh Dixon - 450

Champions Beeston entertain new league leaders East Grinstead in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

The Sussex side made the most of their game in hand last weekend, beating Southgate 4-0 to climb to the top of the table, but Beeston will be out to maintain their five-match unbeaten run.

“It’s going to be a nice tasty match, that’s for sure!” said Beeston Manager Graham Griffiths. “Our home fans are very enthusiastic, and we don’t expect to lose at home.

“It’s always a close one when we play East Grinstead - it took a shootout to beat them in the final last season – but that result won’t be a factor at all on Sunday.

“We are fresh after having a week off, although East Grinstead have the continuity from having played last week, but the big advantage for us is that it’s at Highfields.”

Elsewhere, former leaders Surbiton head to Cannock in search of a win which could put them top again, while Wimbledon – who beat East Grinstead 4-1 in their last match – entertain struggling Canterbury.

Bottom of the table Brooklands Manchester University, still searching for their first win, play host to Reading, while Hampstead and Westminster have a home game against a Southgate side who are just one point and one place above them.

Unbeaten leaders Holcombe face potentially their toughest test yet when they go to second-placed Chichester Priory Park in the NOW: Pensions Conference East. Meanwhile, third-placed Brighton and Hove play host to fourth-placed Bromley and Beckenham and the bottom two – Oxted and Old Loughtonians – clash at Luxborough Lane.

In the NOW: Pensions Conference West, struggling University of Exeter face a tough home match against table-topping Team Bath Buccaneers who, along with Holcombe, are the only two teams with a 100 per cent record to date. Cardiff & Met, who are Bath’s closest rivals, travel to Barford Tigers.

It’s top versus bottom in the NOW: Pensions Conference North as high-flying Bowdon visit Belper in search of their sixth win of their campaign.

In stark contrast, Belper are still seeking their first victory and will be hoping they fare better than in their 6-1 loss to Sheffield Hallam a fortnight ago. Sheffield’s hope of catching Bowdon will be tested on Sunday when they travel to fellow promotion hopefuls Loughborough Students. Second-placed Olton make the long trip to University of Durham.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 9 2014)

NOW: Pensions Premier Division
Beeston v East Grinstead 12:45
Wimbledon v Canterbury 14:00
Brooklands Manchester University v Reading 14:00
Hampstead and Westminster v Southgate 14:00
Cannock v Surbiton 14:00

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

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

NOW: Pensions Conference East
Teddington v Cambridge City 12:30
Oxted v Old Loughtonians 12:45
Brighton and Hove v Bromley and Beckenham 13:00
Chichester Priory Park v Holcombe 13:30
Richmond v West Herts 13:30