Cannock prepare to host champions Wimbledon

Cannock captain Marc Edwards in action against Beeston, Credit Josh Dixon - 450

Cannock play host to reigning champions Wimbledon in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday, as the two sides battle to keep up with the early pacesetters.

Three unbeaten teams are followed in the table by three teams who have won one, drawn one and lost one – including Cannock and Wimbledon.

“We’re really pleased with our start to the season,” said new Cannock Head Coach Mark Moss. “We’ve had a few players leave and a few come in, but we’re gelling well, and having Harry Jawanda back is great for us with his experience.

“Cannock is always a hard place to come and play, and the confidence of the guys is growing, especially on the back of beating Wimbledon last season.

“I’m happy to have four points after three games as it has been a difficult start to the season, but we still have some difficult matches ahead. But I’m delighted with how we’ve developed as a team.”

In other top flight action, Surbiton play host to Canterbury on Saturday afternoon as their double-header with the women’s teams reaches a climax. Surbiton are unbeaten, and although Canterbury have yet to score a point they will still provide a formidable opponent.

Leaders Holcombe head to Beeston on Sunday, while Reading go to bottom of the table East Grinstead and Hampstead and Westminster entertain Brooklands Manchester University.

In the Conference West leaders Cardiff and Met take on Fareham as they bid to maintain their great start, while second-placed University of Birmingham entertain Isca.

Two unbeaten teams do battle in the Conference North with leaders Loughborough Students aiming to keep their 100 per cent record against hosts the University of Durham.

Meanwhile, the league’s other unbeaten team Bowdon entertain Sheffield Hallam.

Richmond are at home against Harleston Magpies in the Conference West, while the other team with 100 per cent record, Sevenoaks entertain Teddington at Holly Bush Lane.

* The above photograph shows Cannock stalwart Mark Edwards in action during the 2014-15 season. Credit Josh Dixon.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 3 2015)

Premier Division
Surbiton v Canterbury 18:00

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 4 2015)

Premier Division
Hampstead and Westminster v Brooklands Manchester Univ 14:00
Cannock v Wimbledon 14:00
Beeston v Holcombe 14:00
East Grinstead v Reading 14:30

Conference West
Univ of Exeter v Indian Gymkhana 12:30
Univ of Birmingham v Isca 12:30
Cheltenham v Team Bath Buccaneers 12:30
Cardiff & Met v Fareham 12:30
Chichester Priory Park v Guildford 13:30

Conference North
Olton and West Warwicks v Deeside Ramblers 13:30
Bowdon v Sheffield Hallam 14:30
Wakefield v Preston
Univ of Durham v Loughborough Students 14:00
Doncaster v Lichfield 14:00

Conference East
Cambridge City v Brighton and Hove 13:00
Richmond v Harleston Magpies 13:30
West Herts v Oxted 14:00
Sevenoaks v Teddington 14:00
Southgate v Bromley and Beckenham 14:30