Holcombe face high-flying Surbiton

Natalie Maclean of Surbiton drives forward. Credit Tim Reder - 450


After battling to a draw with Canterbury last weekend Holcombe will be aiming to end their 2015 fixtures on a high, but they face unbeaten high-flyers Surbiton in the Investec Women’s Premier Division.

Saturday’s match-up is at Sugden Road, and Holcombe will be aiming to do better than the last time the two teams met three weeks ago, when Surbiton ran out 5-0 winners.

“It was quite a tough game, they were clinical in the D,” said Holcombe captain Leigh Maasdorp. “But it was a really good game, and it didn’t feel like a 5-0.

“We both had 35 circle entries, but we just need to convert more chances. Our focus has been on our attacking play and ability to score goals, so we’re looking forward to the match.”

Also unbeaten are the University of Birmingham, and they will want to keep that record intact and record a ninth win in 11 league games when they entertain Buckingham.

Canterbury drew 1-1 with Holcombe last weekend, and they go to Leicester with hopes of maintaining their good form.

Clifton are at home against Reading, who drew 3-3 with East Grinstead last weekend. Bowdon Hightown are this weekend’s opponents for East Grinstead at Saint Hill Road.

Hampstead and Westminster take on Wimbledon in the Investec Conference East, and will want to maintain second place in the table after moving up thanks to last weekend’s 2-1 win over Harleston Magpies.

Leaders Slough, who beat Cambridge City 1-0, are at home against bottom of the table Ipswich.

Wakefield were made to work hard for a 1-0 win over Ben Rhydding last weekend, and they will want it slightly easier when the Investec Conference North leaders play host to battling Beeston this Saturday.

And in the Investec Conference West Stourport, who beat leaders Sutton Coldfield last weekend, could go top if they beat visitors Bristol Firebrands and Sutton Coldfield suffer a shock defeat to the University of Bristol.

* The above photo shows Natalie Maclean of Surbiton. Credit Tim Reder.

FIXTURES – Saturday, November 28

Investec Women’s Hockey League

Investec Premier Division
University of Birmingham v Buckingham 12:30
Clifton v Reading 13:00
East Grinstead v Bowdon Hightown 13:30
Leicester v Canterbury 14:00
Surbiton v Holcombe 14:00

Investec Conference East
Chelmsford v Maidenhead 12:00
St Albans v Cambridge City 13:00
Slough v Ipswich 13:00
Hampstead and Westminster v Wimbledon 13:30
Sevenoaks v Harleston Magpies 13:30

Investec Conference North
Belper v Brooklands Poynton 12:00
Liverpool Sefton v University of Durham 12:30
Loughborough Students v Springfields 12:30
Wakefield v Beeston 13:30
Whitley Bay and Tynemouth v Ben Rhydding 13:30

Investec Conference West
Swansea City v Olton and West Warwicks 12:00
Trojans v Oxford Hawks 12:00
Gloucester City v Isca 12:00
Sutton Coldfield v University of Bristol 14:00
Stourport v Bristol Firebrands 18:00