Crucial clash in Men's Premier Division

Surbiton's Michael Watt and Lewis Prosser in action against Cannock in the 2015-16 season. Credit Tim Reder - 450


Leaders Surbiton travel to second-placed Holcombe in what could prove to be a crucial match to both side’s title hopes in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

The two sides are both unbeaten, but with Surbiton having won all seven of their league matches so far they will start as slight favourites.

Surbiton Head Coach Todd Williams said: “It’s great to be top of the league, but that wasn’t part of the grand plan for us at this stage. We’re aiming to be playing our best hockey at the end of the season so we’re strong in the play-offs.

“It’s good to be top of the table, but we haven’t played Holcombe or Wimbledon yet. There are so many strong teams in this league - Hampstead have great depth and East Grinstead are getting stronger every week – so we’re just taking it match by match.”

There is also an important match at Kings College School in New Malden, where last season’s champions Wimbledon host Reading. Third and fourth respectively, the two sides are separated by just one point.

Cannock are on the road to Brooklands Manchester University, while Hampstead and Westminster take on Beeston at Paddington Rec. And in the day’s other Premier Division match, East Grinstead are at home against Canterbury.

Conference East leaders Richmond go to Oxted as they aim to keep their unbeaten record intact, while second-placed Sevenoaks visit Brighton and Hove.

In the Conference North, Loughborough Students go in search of their seventh win in eight games at Preston, while the University of Durham – who climbed to second following their win over Doncaster two weeks ago – head to Wakefield.

And table-topping Cardiff and Met travel to third-placed Indian Gymkhana in the Conference West, while Cheltenham will aim to preserve second spot with a home game against the University of Birmingham.

* The above photograph shows Surbiton's Michael Watt and Lewis Prosser in action against Cannock in the 2015-16 season. Credit Tim Reder.

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 8, 2015):

Men’s Premier Division
Brooklands Manchester Univ v Cannock 14:00
Wimbledon v Reading 14:00
Hampstead and Westminster v Beeston 14:00
Holcombe v Surbiton 14:30
East Grinstead v Canterbury 14:45

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

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

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