Brooklands have Beeston in their sights

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


After climbing into the play-off positions with a win over Surbiton last weekend, Brooklands Manchester University are preparing to host Beeston as they bid to continue their great recent form in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Four wins and a draw in their last five games has seen Brooklands overtake Wimbledon, and captain Peter Flanagan said: “We’re looking forward to it because we’re on a reasonable run at the moment with some good results.

“It’s going to be a big game for us. There will definitely be points available for us, but Beeston are a quality side so we’re taking nothing for granted.

“We wanted to consolidate this season and avoid the relegation scrap, so we’re pleased to be where we are. But we’re still taking things one game at a time.

“There are always a few niggles but we will have virtually the same squad as last week.”

After losing out to Brooklands Manchester University last weekend, Surbiton will be looking to get back to winning ways against bottom of the table Canterbury.

Canterbury took the first win of their campaign with a 3-1 defeat of Hampstead and Westminster and will be looking to get a run together.

Leaders Holcombe are preparing to host third-placed Reading as the two sides battle to maintain their good form. When the two sides last met back in October, they drew 2-2.

Cannock are trying to pull away from the bottom of the table and can move to within three points of opponents Wimbledon with victory.

Conference West leaders Cardiff and Met do not play as they are in European indoor action. Elsewhere Loughborough Students are threatening to run away with the lead in Conference North, seven points ahead of second-placed Bowdon. They face Deeside Ramblers.

Southgate leapfrogged Richmond by beating them last weekend to lead Conference East by just a single point, Southgate play Brighton & Hove on Saturday whilst Richmond will be looking to keep the pressure on with a result against eight-placed West Herts. Sevenoaks, who have double header this weekend, will also be in the mix if they pick up six points.

* The above photograph shows Brooklands Manchester University’s captain Peter Flanagan.

FIXTURES – Saturday, February 13

Men’s Hockey League

Men’s Premier Division
Canterbury v Surbiton 18:00

Men’s Conference West
Isca v Univ of Exeter 18:30

Men’s Conference North
Lichfield v Wakefield 13:30

Men’s Conference East
Teddington v Sevenoaks 13:45
Southgate v Brighton and Hove 14:00

FIXTURES – Sunday, February 14

Men’s Hockey League

Men’s Premier Division
Brooklands Manchester Univ v Beeston 14:00
Wimbledon v Cannock 14:00
Holcombe v Reading 14:30

Men’s Conference West
Chichester Priory Park v Fareham 12:30
Univ of Birmingham v Cheltenham 12:30
Team Bath Buccaneers v Guildford 13:00

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

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

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