Road to Lee Valley set to resume this weekend

Reading celebrate lifting the 2015 EH Cup

The Men’s Cup returns to action this coming Sunday with a host of exciting ties set to take place as the Road to Lee Valley draws one step closer.

Premier Division leaders Surbiton, who have won all their games so far and racked up 36 goals in the process will take their star-studded line-up to Chelmsford. The Chelmer Park side, undaunted by their prestigious opponents are turning the day into a mini-club event with a warm welcome, entertainment and plenty more besides on offer. That will not extend to the pitch, where competitive nature will kick in, but with the likes of Alan Forsyth and Matt Daly heading to town they will have their work cut out.

Havant, top of the South Hockey League and in free-scoring form will hope to overcome Premier Division side and cup holders Reading for whom Tom Carson seemingly can't stop scoring at the moment.

There are three all-Men’s Hockey League ties to look forward to. Chichester and Bath Buccaneers, rivals in the West Conference will go head to head in the cup whilst Premier Division Hampstead and Westminster will take on Brighton. The third such tie pits University of Birmingham of the West Conference with Cannock of the Premier Division. The side from Chase Park have a proud record in this competition including winning it two seasons ago. They will be keen to make another run all the way to the final this year.

Brooklands MU, who Cannock defeated in that final two years ago play host to Boots whilst there are also home ties for England Hockey Trophy holders Sheffield University Bankers, Barford Tigers, Didsbury Northern, and Plymouth Marjons.

Men’s Hockey League side Guildford welcome Cambridge University, Henley will be at home to Southgate and Lindum will pit their wits against the might of Beeston.

Banbury, who dumped out Olton and West Warwicks in the last round hope to put their league woes behind them and see off another Conference side in Teddington.

The final tie of the round throws up its own interesting sub plot as Lewes welcome Canterbury to the Southdown Club. Lewes Head Coach Stuart Goodman is a Canterbury player and will have to nail his colours to the mast ahead of their big cup clash this Sunday.

All the ties take place this Sunday and if you’d like to see all the draws and results in the competition so far, click here.