Holcombe prepare for Clifton

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

After losing their last three matches, Holcombe will be aiming to get back to winning ways when they entertain second-placed Clifton in the last round of matches before the mid-season break in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

The Kent side were unbeaten in their first nine games this season, but three defeats in a row are threatening to stall their campaign.

Holcombe lost 3-0 at Clifton two weeks ago, and will be out for revenge on Saturday.

“Clifton are one of the strongest sides we’ve played this season,” said Holcombe captain Leigh Maasdorp. “It will give us chance of revenge, especially being a home game for us.

“It has been a dream start for us, but it was just a matter of time before we lost a game or two – it was bound to happen playing in the Premier Division when you’re facing the top sides in the country.

“We’re looking forward to the Christmas break, as we’ve got a few players with niggles who have been playing through injuries.”

Elsewhere, Canterbury host Beeston as they bid to bounce back from defeat to leaders Surbiton last weekend. Meanwhile, Surbiton head to Reading on Sunday.

The University of Birmingham are targeting a spot in the top four, and could move into a play-off place if they win at Bowdon Hightown and Holcombe lose.

And Leicester could also step up to fourth – depending on other results – if they beat visitors Buckingham.

Slough will be looking to get back to winning ways after drawing their last two matches in the Investec Conference West. They are at home against fifth-placed Isca.

At the other end of the table, the bottom four clubs all play each other in two local derbies with Stourport taking on Olton and West Warwickshire and Cheltenham travelling to Bristol Firebrands.

It’s top versus bottom in the Investec Conference North as leaders Brooklands Poynton meet Cannock who are still without a win. Brooklands only lead the table on goal difference with Wakefield, who host Liverpool Sefton, just one goal behind.

And in the Investec Conference East, leaders East Grinstead will look to extend their six-point gap at the top with a visit to Chelmsford who won at second-placed St Albans last weekend. The Tangerines will be aiming to bounce back when they go to Maidenhead.

* Above file image of Holcombe is by www.davidkissman.co.uk

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 29 2014)

Investec Premier Division
Canterbury v Beeston 11:45
Bowdon Hightown v University of Birmingham 13:45
Holcombe v Clifton 14:00
Leicester v Buckingham 14:00

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

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

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

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 30 2014)

Investec Premier Division
Reading v Surbiton 12:30