Brooklands face Wimbledon test

Brooklands MU captain Peter Flanagan celebrates, Credit Mark Henderson - 450

In-form Brooklands Manchester University are preparing to take on last season’s champions Wimbledon in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

They beat East Grinstead last weekend, and considered themselves unlucky to only draw 2-2 with Wimbledon on the opening day of the season. This time, they are going all out for the win.

“We had a good result at East Grinstead which was quite a crucial one of us,” said Brooklands captain Peter Flanagan. “We’ve been on a good run of form with beating Canterbury and drawing with Cannock, although we haven’t got as many points as we would like.

“When we played Wimbledon on the first day of the season I think we caught them cold and were a left a little bit frustrated. We were two goals up, but ended up drawing 2-2. We will use that performance as motivation, and we’re confident that we can play good hockey and compete well.

“In previous years we’ve been able to compete at the lower end of the table, but this year we’ve made strides forward and feel we can also compete with the top teams.”

Meanwhile leaders Holcombe, who only took over at the top last weekend, go to bottom of the league Canterbury, while Surbiton will want to bounce back from a home defeat to Wimbledon last Saturday by securing the win at Hampstead and Westminster.

Last season’s runners-up, East Grinstead travel to Reading as they bid to kick-start their indifferent start to the season, while Beeston – who beat Canterbury last time out – host Cannock in what is always a competitive fixture.

In the Conference East, Southgate’s victory over Cambridge City saw them close the gap on leaders Richmond to two points, and they could go top of the table if they beat Sevenoaks on Sunday, and Richmond lose at Teddington.

It’s top versus bottom in the Conference North with leaders Loughborough Students playing host to Lichfield on Saturday. Meanwhile on Sunday second-placed Bowdon host Doncaster.

Last weekend Cardiff and Met dropped points for only the second time this season as they could only draw 1-1 with Cheltenham, but they will want to get back on track when they host Chichester Priory Park this Sunday.

Second-placed University of Birmingham will want to keep in touch with the leaders and they face a trip to the University of Exeter.

* The above photograph shows Brooklands Manchester University captain Peter Flanagan. Credit: Matt Henderson.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 21 2015):

Men’s Conference North
Loughborough Students v Lichfield 18:00

Men’s Conference East
Bromley and Beckenham v West Herts 16:30

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 22 2015):

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

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

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

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