High-flyers Holcombe head to Reading

Holcombe Barry Middleton. Credit Ady Kerry 450


NEWLY-promoted Holcombe head to Reading on Sunday as the battle for the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division gathers pace.

The pair are second and third respectively, with just one point separating them. Both will want to take the victory and keep pace with early table-toppers Surbiton.

“We’re delighted with the way we’ve started, we’re just taking each day as it comes,” said Holcombe president and first team manager Keith Martin. “Our aim is a top four finish and so far we’re doing well.

“The boys still aren’t firing on all cylinders, and we haven’t been able to put a full strength team out yet. We know we will lose our England players for quite a lot of the season, so the plan is to get as many points in the bag while we’ve got them.”

In the other matches Surbiton entertain Cannock as they bid to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season, while Brooklands Manchester University host Canterbury in a clash between two sides without a win so far.

And Saturday evening’s match features last season’s champions Wimbledon at home against Beeston.

Leaders Cardiff and Met are on the road to Isca on Sunday as they bid to make it five out of five in the Men’s Conference West, while the University of Birmingham go to Team Bath Buccaneers and Indian Gymkhana are at home against Chichester Priory Park.

In the Men’s Conference North unbeaten Loughborough Students take on third-placed Doncaster in the clash of the day on Sunday as they bid to maintain top spot, while second-placed Bowdon are at Lichfield on Saturday afternoon.

Richmond will want to preserve their 100 per cent record in the Men’s Conference East as they host West Herts on Saturday evening. Meanwhile, Sevenoaks are second and entertain fourth-placed Cambridge City.

* The above photograph shows Holcombe’s Barry Middleton. Credit: Ady Kerry.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 10 2015):

Men’s Premier Division
Wimbledon v Beeston 18:00

Men’s Conference West
Fareham v Cheltenham 17:00

Men’s Conference North
Lichfield v Bowdon 13:30
Wakefield v Deeside Ramblers 11:30

Men’s Conference East
Harleston Magpies v Brighton and Hove 14:00
Sevenoaks v Cambridge City 15:00
Bromley and Beckenham v Oxted 16:30
Richmond v West Herts 18:00

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 11 2015):

Men’s Premier Division
Reading v Holcombe 14:30
Surbiton v Cannock 14:00
Brooklands Manchester Univ v Canterbury 14:00

Men’s Conference West
Indian Gymkhana v Chichester Priory Park 14:00
Isca v Cardiff & Met 12:30
Team Bath Buccaneers v Univ of Birmingham 13:00
Guildford v Univ of Exeter 14:00

Men’s Conference North
Loughborough Students v Doncaster 14:00
Sheffield Hallam v Olton and West Warwicks 13:30
Preston v Univ of Durham 14:00

Men’s Conference East
Teddington v Southgate 12:30