Men's Super 6s: Week two preview

Chris Griffiths celebrates scoring in the indoor finals for EG.

The qualifying phase of the Super 6s reaches the business end this weekend as the top men’s teams in the country take to the indoor courts in Kettering to fight it out for those four coveted spots in the semi-finals at Wembley.

Reading are currently in pole position having won four from four in the first weekend, seeing off Loughborough, Bowdon, Holcombe and Beeston to give themselves a great chance of qualifying. They have a tough weekend ahead, facing off against all three of the other top four sides after week one but with Wembley in touching distance and with the goals of Andy Watts (seven goals so far) and Tom Carson (six goals so far) to spur them on they will be full of confidence.

Reigning champions East Grinstead are handily tucked into second place, just two points behind the leaders. Their only dropped points came in an entertaining 6-6 draw with fellow finals hopefuls Sevenoaks. Ben Allberry, who was second top scorer in the competition last season has helped himself to nine goals and with East Grinstead having already played two of their top four rivals they will be backing themselves to make it to the finals for a shot at an incredible eighth title in a row.

Last year’s beaten finalists, Canterbury are well placed after three wins from four in the first weekend. The experienced Harry Jawanda has found the net seven times so far, making him the Kent side’s top scorer but they have shared the goals around with Ross Gilham-Jones, Liam Foster, Kwan Browne and Craig Boyne all chipping in with significant contributions as they seek to go one better this time out and bring home the trophy.

Hot on their heels are Sevenoaks, whom Canterbury dumped out at the semi-final stage last year with a Liam Foster strike with just seconds to go. Once again the Kent side have been spurred on by the excellent goal scoring form of George Torry, ably assisted by the excellent Matt Cox. Sevenoaks’ last two games are against Canterbury and Reading, which could prove crucial although they would hope to have enough points before those two crunch games.

Loughborough Students sit top of the chasing pack on four points, just a point clear of Wimbledon, Holcombe and Bowdon who each have three points. Ed Horler’s 12 goals for the Students make him the competition’s top scorer and a man to be feared whilst they will look to the experience of Jerome Goudie to keep them in with a fighting chance of breaking into the top four.

Wimbledon, Holcombe and Bowdon will have by no means given up the ghost and with Tim Davenport (Wimbledon), Nick Banduarak (Holcombe) and Bartosz Zywiczka (Bowdon) in fine goal scoring form they will feel they have the firepower to mount a challenge.

Beeston’s young guns struggled in the first weekend and are currently rock bottom without a point. The Bees narrowly avoided the drop last season and will be looking to do the same again this year to hold off the threat of relegation.

As is often the case with the indoor qualifiers, there is plenty left to play for. Lots of games, lots of goals, lots of drama and lots of twists to come, we will know who is Wembley bound by Sunday night.

For all the standings, results, fixtures and scorers from the competition click here.

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