Reading target Surbiton scalp

20140913-Matt Daly of Surbiton and Richard Mantell battle it out. Credit Tim Reder - 450


READING manager Chris Davey has tipped his side to give early Premier Division leaders Surbiton a tough match when the two teams meet on Saturday evening in the Men’s Hockey League.

Currently fourth, Reading felt they missed out on a chance of victory when they drew with Holcombe last weekend, and will be out to prove a point at Sugden Road.

“The Holcombe game was a good benchmark because we had a slightly easier start to the season than some teams, and it was our first game against quality opposition,” he said.

“We should’ve won the game as we had the chances, and it gives us confidence to go forward and give Surbiton a run for their money this weekend. Games at Sugden Road are always fast and furious, but we will want to play our own game.”

After drawing 2-2 with Reading last weekend, Holcombe play host to East Grinstead on Saturday evening and will be aiming to keep their unbeaten record intact at the expense of a side who have won just one match so far this season.

On Sunday, last season’s champions Wimbledon head to Hampstead and Westminster as they bid to keep within touching distance of the top two.

Canterbury are at home against Cannock in a match between two sides who had hoped to be higher up the table at this stage of the season, while Beeston entertain Brooklands Manchester University in the other top flight game.

In the Men’s Conference West, second-placed Indian Gymkhana are at home against Isca as they bid to maintain the pressure on leaders Cardiff and Met, who head to Chichester Priory Park on Sunday.

Team Bath Buccaneers moved up to third on the back of their win over the University of Birmingham last weekend, and they face the University of Exeter this weekend.

Loughborough Students and Deeside Ramblers were both three-nil winners in the Conference North last weekend, and the two sides meet up on Sunday at Tarporley.

Elsewhere, second-placed Bowdon are at home against Preston, and the University of Durham visit Lichfield.

Four-nil ahead with 25 minutes left, Conference East leaders Richmond had to settle for a point from a dramatic 4-4 draw with West Herts last weekend. But they will want to maintain their unbeaten form when they go to Cambridge City on Sunday.

Sevenoaks are also on the road, to Southgate, while Saturday’s match sees West Herts host Bromley and Beckenham.

* The above photograph shows Reading’s Richard Mantell. Credit Tim Reder.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 17 2015):

Men’s Premier Division
Surbiton v Reading 18:00
Holcombe v East Grinstead 18:15

Men’s Conference East
West Herts v Bromley and Beckenham 14:00

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 18 2015):

Men’s Premier Division
Canterbury v Cannock 12:45
Hampstead and Westminster v Wimbledon 14:00
Beeston v Brooklands Manchester University 14:00

Men’s Conference West
University of Exeter v Team Bath Buccaneers 12:30
Cheltenham v Guildford 12:30
University of Cheltenham v Fareham 12:30
Chichester Priory Park v Cardiff and Met 13:30
Indian Gymkhana v Isca 14:00

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

Men’s Conference East
Oxted v Harleston Magpies 12:45
Brighton and Hove v Teddington 13:00
Cambridge City v Richmond 13:00
Southgate v Sevenoaks 14:30