Holcombe head to Clifton

Clifton’s Joie Leigh challenged by Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg - Credit Peter Smith - 450

Clifton play host to Holcombe in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday, in a match that could prove crucial to both sides’ play-off hopes this season.

Currently third in the table, Clifton scraped a one-nil win over Bowdon Hightown last weekend, while Holcombe – who are unbeaten so far in the league, and boast a line-up littered with international stars – beat Reading 4-1.

“It will be a very interesting match, that’s for sure,” said Clifton Coach Stephen Rixon. “We haven’t played each other before, so neither side will know what to expect.

“We’re always respectful of our opponents, especially when they have a lot of current internationals playing. But there’s not a lot we can do about it, so we will prepare the best we can and focus on delivering the quality play we know we can produce at the tempo we want to play at.”

In other Premier Division action, leaders Surbiton host Bowdon Hightown, while second-placed Canterbury head to Leicester to take on a side who are unbeaten in four games and moved up to sixth on the back of a win at Beeston last weekend.

Reading host the University of Birmingham as they bid to bounce back from last weekend’s home defeat at the hands of Holcombe, while the bottom two meet as Beeston head to Buckingham in a relegation six-pointer.

Second-placed Wakefield head to third-placed Sutton Coldfield in a mouth-watering clash in the Investec Conference North on Sunday, while leaders Brooklands Poynton are at Liverpool Sefton.

Leaders East Grinstead host Wimbledon in the Investec Conference East, while St Albans – who have conceded just one goal in the last five games and are second only on goal difference – entertain Harleston Magpies.

In-form Slough head to Gloucester City as they bid to make it nine wins out of nine league matches so far, while second-placed Swansea City – who lost to Slough last week – go to Isca.

* Above file photo of Clifton’s Joie Leigh is by Peter Smith.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 16 2014)

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

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

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

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