The first step on the Road to Lee Valley

Reading celebrate lifting the 2015 EH Cup

The Road to Lee Valley begins again this weekend with the first round of the men’s cup taking place this Sunday.

There are plenty of intriguing ties taking place with 2014 Cup Winners Cannock flying the flag for the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division. The Nockers are the only top flight team to feature in round one and take their good early season form to South Regional Premier outfit Oxford Hawks.

In one of the all-England Hockey League ties Chichester legend and former England star Ben Barnes welcomes his former club to current side Fareham as the two Conference West sides lock horns.

Sevenoaks, who have made a great start to life back in the England Hockey League with two wins from two travel down to Brighton and Hove, the side who has a draw and a defeat in the same dvision as their cup opponents.

Bowdon, who reached the final in 2008 have a difficult visit to one of the West Conference’s early form sides as they go to University of Birmingham.

In all there are 26 ties across the competition this weekend with every team hoping to take their first step on the Road to Lee Valley .

Holders Reading have a bye into the next round.

For all the ties in the competition click here.